The Spartans took a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Corey Tropp, Matt Schepke and Adam Henderson. Tropp and Schepke connected on the power play.
"There were too many guys on the bench for me to have any idea what was going on," said MSU head coach Rick Comley. "I can barely handle 18 guys, let alone what seemed like 40. In the first period, we were fresh and we played pretty well. We got into penalty trouble in the second and then got really tired. Going into this year, the issues are whether or not we have players we can put out there in critical situations because of who we lost, can we win face-offs and can we kill penalties. Tonight, we got killed on face-offs."
Western Ontario evened the score in the second frame. Matt Raymond, Kevin Baker and Adam Nemeth scored for the Mustangs.
The Spartans shared time in net with senior captain and netminder Jeff Lerg making five saves in the first period, freshman goalie Drew Palmisano stopping 11 shots in the second period and junior goaltender Bobby Jarosz (pictured) making 12 saves.
Michigan State opens the regular season at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Boston on Friday against Massachusetts at 4:35 p.m.
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