The Spartans were able to dodge the five-minute major Friday night, but it cost them the game Saturday as Patrick Lee scored on the power play with 9.9 seconds on the clock to lift UMass to a 4-3 win over the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena.
“I thought we got what we earned,” coach Tom Anastos said. “I didn’t think we were ready to start the game. You just beat a team, you know they are going to come at you hard and we didn’t match that intensity and we’re at home. I was very disappointed in that.” Read More…
It was a textbook sophomore slump last season for Matt DeBlouw. After scoring 10 goals in his freshman season, including three in the final three games of the season, he went without a single goal in his sophomore campaign.
But with every new season comes a clean slate, a chance to start over again, and DeBlouw and other Spartans made the most of it last night as the Spartans had scoring from three of their four lines in a 5-3 win over UMass. Read More…
It was nearly a perfect start for the men’s hockey team as they received goals from four different players in a 5-3 win over UMass at Munn Arena Friday night.
Weekend Hockey Preview is back for a new season as the Michigan State Spartans take on the UMass Minutemen Friday at 7 p.m.
Know Thy Enemy
The Minutemen are coming into this weekend’s contest at Munn with a regular season game already under their belts, losing 8-1 to Boston University. Read More…
Just off the banks of the Clinton River, at the corner of Dequindre and Parkingdale roads, lies the Onyx Rochester Ice Arena, the home rink of freshman defenseman Josh Jacobs.
After starting skating at two and playing in house leagues at five, Jacobs became a member of the Rochester Rattlers at age 11. It was the first time he was a member of a travel team. Read More…
As the Michigan State Spartans men’s hockey team prepare for their home opener against U-Mass, Behind the Mask is ready to get you up to date on the team’s status heading into the game.
Host Jason Ruff along with reporter Brian Bobal discuss MSU’s bye week storylines, as well as updates on other Big Ten teams.
On Tuesday, Michigan State men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos had his first weekly press conference of the season. During the conference, Anastos gave some insight on last week’s practice schedule and the Spartans’ simulated road trip.
Last weekend’s practices (which were open to the public) were very up-tempo and very productive, according to Anastos.
Hockey season is upon us, and coach Tom Anastos and his crew have some work to do prior to their first regular season game against Massachusetts on Oct. 17. In his press conference at media day last Wednesday, Anastos talked about several areas in which his team needs to improve.
The most glaring issue facing the Spartans is finding a way to put the puck in the net. Read More…
It has been a rocky road for Michigan State men’s ice hockey since making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Two subpar seasons have put Michigan State in a re-tooling phase, but coming into this season, coach Tom Anastos was feeling very optimistic about the capabilities of his team when he spoke at Media Day last Wednesday.
“I thought it was our best offseason,” Anastos said. “We challenged the guys when our season was over to go home. We didn’t have guys come back early given the renovations at Munn. We also wanted to get a nice fresh mindset before the season started. Based on our physical testing, it’s been the best in three years.” Read More…
In Michigan State’s opening exhibition match against the Windsor Lancers, Matt Beaudoin tied the game at two for Windsor with a power-play goal midway through the third period, which eventually forced overtime Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 3,683 at Munn Ice Arena. Nobody scored in the five-minute extra session and Windsor would win the shootout 1-0 on a goal by Spencer Pommells. The game goes in the books as a 2-2 tie.
“That was an ideal exhibition game for us,” said fourth-year head coach Tom Anastos. “It’s an experienced team. It’s an older group. A lot of those players have a lot of high-level hockey experience. As a step to get ready for our first game, I wish we could play one more like that.”
Behind the Mask is back for another season of Michigan State hockey. New host Jason Ruff, along with Brian Bobal, are at Munn Ice Arena for the Spartans’ exhibition opener against the Windsor Lancers.
Jason and Brian discuss what their first impressions of the team are period-by-period. They also provide a look ahead to the upcoming regular season, which begins Oct. 17 against UMass.
Not long after the Spartans’ season ended in an overtime defeat in the Big Ten playoffs to Ohio State, men’s hockey coach Tom Anastos announced that forward Michael Ferrantino would be the Spartans’ 70th captain in program history.
“It means a lot. Growing up around this program and seeing the guys that have been captain before me, it’s hard for me to put it into words,” Ferrantino said. “Just to be trusted with that honor and that responsibility by your teammates and your coaches means a lot to me.”
Even though this year’s men’s hockey freshmen class is small with four players, they still have the potential to have a large impact on the ice for the Spartans this season.
“I think it’s a real good freshman class and that’s coming off a real good freshman class from last year,” fourth-year coach Tom Anastos said. “I think that’s what is important, to put some consecutive groups together to build our talent level and the depth on our team. Read More…
As the Spartans prepare for their 40th season under the roof of Munn Ice Arena, the Michigan State Athletic Department announced further renovations to Munn that will take place over the next 12 months and will be the prelude to a total building renovation.
“Our goal is for Munn Ice Arena to represent a tribute to Michigan State’s rich hockey past and commitment to its future,” athletic director Mark Hollis said in an early morning press release. Read More…
Can’t wait for hockey season?
Until the Spartans play their Green and White game to kick off the preseason, here are some MSU related bits from Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.
It is a question that has surrounded fans for the past few years: “Will the Big Ten hockey conference ever expand, and who will step up?”
Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves re-ignited the conversation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. In the interview, Eaves expressed his desire to see the six-team conference grow in the near future, and listed Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern as potential additions.