Behind the Mask

Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie MacEachern

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Mackenzie MacEachern. MacEachern is a sophomore forward on the men’s ice hockey team.

This season, MacEachern has recorded five goals and five assists, including a goal in the Spartans’ thrilling tie against Minnesota Dec. 6.

Behind the Mask co-host Brian Bobal sat down with MacEachern to talk about his time at MSU and some interesting facts about him. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Clarkson

What better way to kick off winter break than with some college hockey? This Sunday, Michigan State (5-9-1) (1-2-1) will host the Clarkson Golden Knights (6-7-4) (4-1-2) at Munn Ice Arena.

It will also be the night of the annual Teddy Bear Toss, where teddy bears are thrown onto the ice following MSU’s first goal and will be donated to children’s charities in the Lansing area. Read More…

Spartans Bounce Back with Thrilling Tie Saturday Night

The difference between Friday night’s game and Saturday night’s game was night and day. Brent Darnell scored twice and Jake Hildebrand had a strong bounce-back game with 21 saves in leading the Spartans to a thrilling 3-3 tie against Minnesota. Michigan State would go on to win the shootout to gain the extra point in the Big Ten standings.

It was one of the best team games of the season according to head coach Tom Anastos, one night after one of the worst for the Spartans. Read More…

Gophers Beat Spartans in Big Ten Home Opener

Over 5,000 fans left Munn Ice Arena disappointed Friday night, as the Michigan State Spartans fell to the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-0 in Michigan State’s Big Ten home opener.

The Spartans started strong and set the pace early in the game, but an early penalty by JT Stenglein gave Minnesota’s powerplay (which was .293 coming into this game) a chance to take the momentum. A nifty passing play set up Travis Boyd (no relation to Ron Boyd of MSU) for a tap-in and an easy power-play goal, which made it 1-0 Gophers. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview – Minnesota

This weekend, the Michigan State Spartans (1-1-0) (5-8-0) will welcome the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0-0) (8-4-0) to Munn Ice Arena this Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 5:00 pm respectively. This weekend will be the Gophers’ first conference contest of the season, meanwhile Michigan State is in a four-way tie with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. for first in the Big Ten. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #14 – 12/3/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State’s Thanksgiving road trip to Princeton.

Later on, they go around the boards and check in on other Big Ten teams as they prepare to take the plunge into conference play. They also preview MSU’s highly anticipated home series against the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Splits Series in New Jersey

For the fifth time in five series, Michigan State earned one win and one loss. This time, the Spartans split their series with Princeton in New Jersey.

Friday night, Michigan State got on the board first on a power-play goal by Michael Ferrantino just over two minutes into the second period. Matt Berry and Travis Walsh assisted on Ferrantino’s team-leading sixth goal of the season. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #13 – 11/26/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason and guest host Max Benoit recap the men’s and women’s weekend series and look forward to their future match-ups.

Our hosts also elaborate what the men’s team will have to do if they want to start turning the corner and have success in the Big Ten this season. Read More…

Women’s Club Hockey Earns Weekend Sweep

The Michigan State women’s D1 club team earned a well-deserved sweep of the Davenport Panthers last weekend by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.

On Friday night at Davenport it was all MSU. After a scoreless first period, the Spartans opened it up in the final 40 minutes with four unanswered goals by Hannah Lensing, Lyndsay Oden, Natalie Prisciandaro, and Kara Scaturro. Read More…

Spartans Fail to Earn Sweep Against Buckeyes

Consistency continues to elude the Michigan State hockey team. After skating to an impressive 3-1 victory over Ohio State on Thursday night, the Spartans had a momentous opportunity to earn a sweep and start turning the corner. The Buckeyes had other plans however, as Ohio State shutout the Spartans 3-0 on Friday night .

After a scoreless first period, Ohio State opened the scoring early in the second. A two-on-one shot by Matt Johnson initially was ruled a no-goal, but after a video review on the next stoppage it was ruled that Johnson had indeed beat MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand. That made it 1-0 OSU 2:16 into the second period. Read More…

Women’s Hockey Preview: Davenport

This weekend, the Michigan State women’s D1 club hockey team will take on the Davenport Panthers in a home-and-home series this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Head coach Jeff Wilson expects this series to be a tough test, as the Panthers are riding an emotional high after several key wins.

“They’ve had several wins in a row, so they’re really on top of the world at Davenport. So they are expecting big things against us,” Wilson said. Read More…

Opinion: Breaking Down Men’s Hockey’s Newest Recruits

The early-signing period for the NLI has come and gone and Michigan State hockey has done quite well. The Spartans recently announced five NLI signees that will join the team as freshmen next season.

Unlike last year’s class that was primarily defensive-minded (highlighted by D-man Josh Jacobs and goaltender Ed Minney) next year’s class will likely add some much-needed scoring depth and potential to the roster. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #12 – 11/19/14

This week on Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State men’s ice hockey’s close loss to No. 8 Boston College and what they take away following MSU’s fifth one-goal loss this season.

In addition, our hosts look at the MSU women’s upcoming series against Davenport, take a look at Tom Anastos’ latest recruiting class, and preview Michigan State’s Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Drops Another Close Game

The Spartans closed out a rough non-conference schedule with a 3-2 loss to Boston College Friday night at Munn. Eight different Eagles registered a point and Thatcher Demko made 31 saves in the win for Boston College.

With Boston College coming into the game losing four of their last five, Michigan State needed to jump on the Eagles early, but the start did not go to plan. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Boston College

The game is here.

Michigan State hockey’s non-conference game against Boston College is one that fans may have circled on their calendars at the start of the season.

Michigan State (3-5-0) will face off against No. 8 Boston College (4-5-0) this Friday at Munn Ice Arena. Read More…

Munn Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

In 1950, ice hockey returned as a varsity sport to Michigan State University after a 19-year hiatus that started in 1931. That year, the team went 0-14 but it had a new home at Demonstration Hall. The Spartans would stay there for 24 seasons and one national championship before a new arena was built right across the street in Dem Hall’s backyard.

The new arena hosted its first Spartan hockey game on Oct. 25, 1974. People packed in to watch Michigan State take on Laurentian University. The Spartans would have to wait until the next day to register their first win in their new home, as they defeated the Voyageurs 4-1 to split the series. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #11 – 11/12/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down Michigan State’s road split against the UNH Wildcats this past weekend.

Later on, Jason and Brian look ahead to Friday’s showdown against Boston College.

For more updates on Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey, follow Jason and Brian on Twitter at @Jason_R_Ruff and @Brian_Bobal. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Splits Weekend at New Hampshire

The Michigan State men’s hockey team went on the road looking to return to East Lansing with a 4-4 record, but they could not get the sweep they wanted as they split their series with the University of New Hampshire.

On Friday, the Spartans’ offense started right where it left off against Ferris State.

Goals from Travis Walsh and Michael Ferrantino put the Spartans ahead 2-0 just 10 minutes in. Read More…

Hildebrand Earns Big Ten First Star

For the second week this year, a Spartan has earned the the Big Ten hockey No. 1 star. Jake Hildebrand was recently named the Big Ten’s first star hockey last Tuesday for his exceptional play against Ferris State last weekend.

Hildebrand posted a .947 save percentage, stopping 35 of 37 shots sent his way. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Bounces Back with Big Win

After virtually no puck luck in a disappointing loss Friday night, the puck had a change of heart Saturday night and started to bounce in Michigan State’s favor.

Four different Spartans scored, eight different Spartans registered at least a point and Jake Hildebrand made 19 saves to power Michigan State (2-4) to a 4-1 win to earn a split in the weekend series against Ferris State. Read More…

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