Western Michigan and Michigan State played a home-and-home series last weekend with the home team winning each game.
The No. 3 Spartans took a 4-1 win Friday night at Munn Ice Arena with Tim Crowder scoring twice to go along with singles from Justin Abdelkader and Bryan Lerg. Tim Kennedy added two assists to back Jeff Lerg's 14 saves in goal.
"Overall I was pretty happy with how we played for this being our regular-season opener," MSU head coach Rick Comley said. "We were really sharp at times, but at the same time we struggled on the power play. It is very early though, so we have time to correct it. Jeff had some tremendous saves for us and played well as usual. He was especially good on a couple of odd-man rushes they had, as well as during their 5-on-3 midway through the third period."
Brian Bicek scored for WMU and Daniel Bellissimo (pictured) made 30 saves.
Sunday at Lawson Ice Arena, the Broncos rebounded for a 3-2 victory. Mark Letestu, Jeff LoVecchio and Mike Lesperance scored for Western Michigan and Bellissimo's 19 saves stood up.
"It was a total team effort," said WMU head coach Jim Culhane. "We put more pressure on them offensively and received a another solid performance from Daniel in net."
Jim McKenzie and Nick Sucharski tallied for MSU, while Lerg stopped 20 shots.
Michigan State has only an exhibition on tap for the coming week, welcoming the U.S. National Team Development Program to Munn Arena for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday. The Broncos, unbeaten in 27 of 37 games (22-10-5) versus ranked opponents at Lawson Arena over the last six seasons, host Ferris State on Friday before going to Big Rapids Saturday night.