KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan hockey team opens the 2017-18 season hosting Wilfrid Laurier on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for its annual "Border Battle" exhibition game.
The 20th-ranked Broncos are 5-0 all-time against the Golden Hawks. The last exhibition meeting between the two schools came on Oct. 7, 2006 and resulted in an 8-3 win by WMU. Prior to that, the other four meetings came in 1978 and 1979. Tickets for the game are just $10 and can be purchased online at wmubroncos.com/tickets or at the Lawson Ice Arena box office. The game is also being broadcast on NCHC.tv.
WMU is 2-2-2 all-time in Border Battle games under head coach Andy Murray, who enters his seventh season at the helm. Murray guided the Broncos to a third place finish in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference last season, a program best. WMU finished the season with 22 wins, the most since the 19965-96 team won 27. The Broncos also made their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a program-best No. 2 seeding.
Western Michigan opens the 2017-18 regular season hosting rival Ferris State on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. The Broncos travel to the Bulldogs the following night and then host Bowling Green on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-888-4-WMUTIX and online at wmubroncos.com/tickets.