Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask – 1/28/15

Its Rivalry Week! Michigan vs. Michigan State is just around the corner and Jason and Brian are anxious to get you all up to date on what will likely be a thrilling series between the Spartans and their much-hated rivals from Ann Arbor.

In addition our hosts break down last weekend’s thrilling series sweep against Ohio State. All that and more on Behind the Mask. Read More…

The Last Three Periods, a Sweep

It was not glamorous, it was not easy, but with an emotional 2-0 shutout Saturday night, the Spartans were able to accomplish something that has eluded their grasp for more than a calendar year, a sweep.

“It never comes easy, but it was nice to get a second win at home and finally complete the six periods,” head coach Tom Anastos said. Read More…

The First Three Periods, a Success

If the Spartans looked at Friday night’s contest against the Buckeyes as the start of a six-period game, the first three periods were a dominant success.

Four different Spartans registered goals and Jake Hildebrand registered 33 saves in a much-needed 4-1 win in front of a capacity crowd at Munn Ice Arena. Read More…

Here They Are, ‘Hockey City Classic’ Sweaters Revealed

In front of a packed house at Munn last night, the Spartans unveiled their sweater for the Coyote Hockey City Classic against Michigan at Soldier Field.

“They’re sick,” head coach Tom Anastos said after Friday night’s game. “I think they’re sweet. I like them. It was really a play off of what football and then basketball did with that pro combat look. We’ve been putting that in the hopper for some time.” Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Ohio State

Big Ten hockey returns to East Lansing with a crucial series between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

With Ohio State and Michigan State grappling for that third place spot, this series could have major implications on the Big Ten race, currently dominated by Penn State and Michigan. Read More…

Behind the Mask – 1/22/15

Behind the Mask is back with more in-depth analysis and recaps with hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal. On this edition our hosts recap both MSU men and women’s weekends on the ice.

We go around the boards to check in on the Big Ten race that is heating up and also preview Michigan State’s critical series against Ohio State.

Also on the show we tackle the million dollar question surrounding MSU hockey… Where do they go from here? Both this season and beyond. ​ Read More…

Cox Embracing Larger Role

Despite being just a sophomore, forward Joe Cox has turned into a crucial part of the Spartan team.

The 6-foot forward from Chelsea did not put up staggering numbers in his freshman year, just six goals and six assists in 36 games, but his work ethic in practice turned some heads. Read More…

A Missed Opportunity for Men’s Hockey

This was their chance. It was a chance to take a big leap in the Big Ten standings and instill some much-needed confidence for a team that simply has not had it.

The Spartans went into Happy Valley, Pennsylvania looking to make a big statement and left with a lot of questions. Read More…

Wolverines Defeats Spartans on Senior Night

On a night celebrating the accomplishments of the six seniors on the MSU womens hockey team, the Spartans suffered a heart wrenching loss to the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 4-3.

“We created a lot of opportunities and that’s great,” head coach Jeff Wilson said after the game. “We didn’t capitalize on all of them, but the fact that we created them means we’re working hard and doing a lot of good things.” Read More…

Behind the Mask – 1/16/15

On this episode of Behind the Mask, host Jason Ruff returns with a look back at the Spartan men’s ice hockey team’s recent run of success.

Later in the show, Jason gives a rundown of the Big Ten standings and looks ahead to the upcoming match-ups for the Spartans. Read More…

Women’s Hockey Suffers First Loss of Season

It was not the start to the new year that the MSU women’s hockey team was hoping for.

Going into last weekend’s contest against Robert Morris, Michigan State was one of only two teams in the ACHA Women’s D-I division to be undefeated.

However, the Spartans’ unbeaten streak ended after they fell to the Robert Morris Eagles 6-3 on Saturday night after playing to a 2-2 tie the previous evening. Read More…

Spartans Ready to Take on US U-18 Team Friday Night

After suffering a difficult 2-1 defeat to Michigan in the Great Lakes Invitational, the Spartans will kick off the second half of the season with an exhibition game against the United States National Under-18 team Friday night.

The USNTDP U-18 team plays in the United States Hockey League and comes into Friday’s contest losing four of the last seven games. However, they will be getting back Auston Matthews, who represented the United States in the recent World Junior Championship in Canada. Read More…

Jason’s Journal: MSU Hockey New Year’s Resolutions

2015 is now upon us, and if you are a college hockey fan then you are salivating at the mouth because the bulk of the Big Ten season starts in earnest in a few short weeks.

For Michigan State hockey (7-10-1 overall), 2015 offers a chance to “right the ship” so to speak on a so far sub-par season. Here are my six New Year’s resolutions for Spartan hockey in 2015. Read More…

Michigan Downs Spartans to Win GLI Crown

Another split for MSU, but this one hurts even more. The Michigan Wolverines beat the Spartans 2-1 to clinch the 2014 Great Lakes Invitational tournament championship.

In what was the 300th meeting between the two clubs (the most among any rivals in college hockey) Michigan won the first two periods, while MSU won the third, but could only put one behind Michigan goaltender Steve Racine. Read More…

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…

Persistence Pays Off for Spartans in Big Win

It was a special night at Munn Ice Arena Sunday night, as it marked the sixth annual Teddy Bear Toss, a holiday tradition where fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to donate to children.

On the ice, perseverance paid huge dividends for Michigan State, on Sunday night as the Spartans erased three one-goal deficits en route to a 6-4 win against Clarkson. 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…

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