By Bob Miller/Western Michigan Beat Writer
Former head coach Jeff Blashill took Western Michigan's program to the CCHA championship game and a berth in the NCAA Regionals in his one-year tenure with the Broncos last season.
New Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray, Blashill's sucessor, took the first step with his Broncos this weekend on topping Blashill's fairy tale lone season at the helm of Western's program.
Western Michigan allowed just one goal in their two-game weekend home set against Alabama-Huntsville, smothering the Chargers, 7-1, Friday night and then whitewashing them 4-0 on Saturday.
Nick Pisellini stopped 11 of the 12 UAH shots Friday for the Broncos and Frank Slubowski turned aside all 10 Chargers shots in the Saturday contest.
Mike Tennyson chipped in a pair of goals from Western Michigan. Dane Walters added a goal and two assists and Chase Balisy had three helpers to pace a balanced Bronco scoresheet in Friday's opener.
Balisy scored Saturday's first Bronco goal and assisted on Shane Berschbach's second to goal to stake Western Michigan to a two-goal first period lead they wouldn't relinquish. Slubowski backstopped the shutout.
“It was exciting for me the first game at home here to see the enthusiasm of the student section.,” said Murray after Friday's win. “I thought our team worked extremely hard, we got pucks to the net. I liked also the fact that in the third period we didn't allow a shot. You know, this is a hard working team from Alabama-Huntsville, we've got a great deal of respect for them. That's why we worked as hard as we did. We saw them play on tape, two games last weekend, two one-goal games against Lake Superior State and we knew that we'd have to be at our best to beat them.”
The Broncos travel to Schenectady, N.Y., for two games with Union College this coming weekend.