Behind the Mask

Field Hockey Falls on Senior Day to Louisville

It was not the senior day the No. 19 Spartans were looking for as they fell to No. 9 Louisville 2-1 on Saturday. Becky Stiles got Michigan State’s lone tally and Sierra Patton made two saves.

Both offenses were rather quiet in the first half with Louisville outshooting the Spartans 5-2. Once the second half started, the offense showed up. Read More…

Bad Luck on Offense Haunts Spartans Again

The ghost that has tormented the Michigan State men’s ice hockey team for the last few seasons came out in full force again tonight. The Spartans threw 76 shots towards the net, 36 of them ended up on goal, but they could not get one to go past C.J. Motte, as Michigan State dropped a stinger to Ferris State 1-0 on a snowy Halloween night at Munn.

This marks the fourth consecutive one-goal loss for the Spartans, who now have been shut out twice in the last three games. It’s also Michigan State’s fifth-straight loss to Ferris State (the last two were both shutouts) and their ninth loss in the last 10 games against the Bulldogs. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Ferris State

After a troubling weekend stint in Massachusetts, the Spartans return home to East Lansing to face another daunting opponent, the No. 15 Ferris State Bulldogs.

Know Thy Enemy and Know Thyself

Michigan State is reeling, no one can dispute that, but then again so are the Bulldogs. Both teams are riding a three-game losing streak heading into this weekend’s contest, and both teams were swept last weekend, (MSU by BU and UMass-Lowell, Ferris by Michigan Tech). Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #8 – 10/23/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason Ruff and Brain Bobal recap MSU’s opening series against UMass.

In addition, the hosts look ahead to the Spartans’ raod trip to Boston University and UMass-Lowell and check in on MSU women’s field hockey and club ice hockey. Read More…

Field Hockey Falls to No. 9 Northwestern

Riding high after a shutout against Iowa, the Spartans were quickly brought back down to earth in a 5-2 loss to No. 9 Northwestern Sunday afternoon.

Kristin Matula and Alli Helwig each scored their second goal of the weekend, but the hole was too deep to climb out of. Read More…

Late Power-Play Goal Stuns Spartans

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…

Opening Night Goal Ends Major Slump for DeBlouw

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…

Top Line Powers Men’s Hockey to Opening Night Win

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.

Mackenzie MacEachern had a goal and two assists and Matt Berry had two goals and an assist to power the offense. Jake Hildebrand had 21 saves. Read More…

Spartans Blank No. 12 Iowa Behind Patton’s First Shutout

After losing four of their last six games, Michigan State field hockey came out strong in their contest against No. 12 Iowa at the Breast Cancer Awareness Game Friday afternoon. Sierra Patton earned her first career shutout as the Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes 2-0 at Ralph Young Field with the annual Izzone Campout taking place just across the street at Munn Field.

The win puts the Spartans at 8-6 and back to .500 in Big Ten play at 3-3. With the way last weekend turned out with losses to both Indiana and Ball State, this game was a big test for the team. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview – UMass

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…

A Special Homecoming for Josh Jacobs

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…

Behind the Mask – #7 – 10/15/14

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.

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Tom Anastos Speaks Prior to Home Opener

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.

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Field Hockey Gets Swept Out of Indiana

The No. 20 Michigan State Spartans field hockey team lost both of their games down in Indiana this weekend. The Spartans fell to the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 2-1, then lost a second game 2-1 in overtime the next day to the Ball State University Cardinals.

After defeating Rutgers last weekend, the Spartans improved to 2-2 in Big Ten conference play. The Spartans’ next Big 10 game was Saturday against Indiana. Read More…

Areas the Men’s Hockey Team Must Improve on the Ice

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…

Men’s Hockey Freshmen Show Promising Start

For four freshmen, this past week was the first time they put on the Spartan uniform.

“It was exciting to put on the Spartan sweater for the first time and get used to the feeling of representing Spartan hockey,” freshman Dylan Pavelek said.

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Anastos: “Can We Turn the Corner?”

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…

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