The sophomore sensation is off to a great start at Western Michigan.
Philadelphia Flyers 2016 2nd round pick (52nd overall) Wade Allison is tearing up the NCAA. He had a great freshman season with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 36 games and is ramping up in the beginning of his sophomore campaign.
Allison’s Western Michigan Broncos took on the number one ranked team in the nation, Denver, over the weekend in a two-game set and they came from behind to stun the Pioneers not once, but twice. Allison played a crucial part in both comebacks.
During Friday night’s game, Allison scored a goal midway through the 1st period, just over two minutes after Denver opened the scoring, to even the game up at one.
Allison joined teammate Dawson DiPietro in the offensive zone, received a pass, and made a move before burying the shot.
He had the option of shooting right away, but made a toe-drag move and beat the netminder.
But he wasn’t done there.
The teams traded goals throughout the evening, with Denver going up 4-2 and Western Michigan tying it at four. American Hero Troy Terry scored for Denver to put them up 5-4 with 4:30 left in the 3rd period, but the Broncos answered. They tied the game up with 1:12 remaining, then struck again 15 seconds later to take a 6-5 lead that they would hold onto.
Allison played a role in the go-ahead goal as he helped keep the puck moving in the slot for DiPietro to fire home.
It was a thrilling comeback win for the Broncos against the top team in the nation.
If once is good, twice is better.
The Pioneers imposed their will on the Broncos early in Saturday’s game as they took a 3-0 lead midway through the 2nd period. The Broncos were firing shots on net (15 total in the 1st), but nothing was falling until Allison broke through. Wade Allison scored twice in 1:13 to get his team back within a goal.
Allison got the puck in the low slot and once again made a move in close, this time to his backhand, to beat the netminder.
It was a nifty move in front to get his team on the board late in the 2nd period.
73 seconds later he scored again.
Allison went for style points yet again with another great toe drag, this time around a defender, before sniping a goal from the slot.
It got his team right back into the game after being held off the board for most of the first two periods.
Allison was hunting hard for the hat trick in the 3rd period.
Denver scored 7:48 into the final stanza to go back up by two, but that only sparked Western Michigan. They struck twice within 15 seconds, and then added another one 28 seconds later for three goals in 43 seconds to completely change the tide.
Allison all but put the game away with a goal on the power play to give them a 6-4 lead.
He completed the hat trick and was pumped up after a fantastic weekend.
Wade Allison finished the two-game set against the no. 1 team in the country with four goals and one assist, including a hat trick in the second game. He now has six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 9 games on this young season. That is good for fourth most in the country. Not too shabby.
Allison showed off his offensive skillset over the weekend. He has great hands that he displayed on each and every point, and a shot to go with it that helped him finish off the hat trick.
The second-round pick is going to be one to keep an eye on as his college career progresses.
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