Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask – 2/26/15

On this week’s episode of Behind the Mask, Jason and Brian break down MSU’s disappointing weekend in Wisconsin and how this will effect the Big Ten race.

In addition they also recap the MSU D1 women’s club team’s weekend in the CCWHA playoffs. All of that and more on Behind the Mask. Read More…

Sacrifice, a Hat Trick, and a Sweep

Before the game Saturday night, Tom Anastos entered the locker room, looked around at the players and slapped the Big Ten standings on the video board showing the team what was at stake. Three hours later, after a grueling and hard-fought 3-2 win that got the Spartans back to .500 on the season, he entered the same locker room and handed the game puck to Mackenzie MacEachern. Read More…

Spartans Blank Nittany Lions

An injury to Brent Darnell opened up the door for J.T. Stenglein to see his first action since Dec. 5. He made the most of it, notching a goal to help the Spartans on their way to a 3-0 win over Penn State at Munn Arena Friday night.

Goals from Mackenzie MacEachern, Stenglein and Matt DeBlouw gave Jake Hildebrand all the support he needed, as he stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season. Read More…

Jason’s Journal: Disappointing

The Spartans just did not show up to play on Saturday. That is just the way it was. Whether it was the weeklong interval between games, the bus ride down to Chicago or the 100 minute delay, Michigan State came out flat against their archrival on a big stage with three very important points on the line.

What irks me about this game is not so much the fact that it was a loss, but more of how the Spartans played. The fact that Michigan State came out flat and cracked when the Wolverines applied pressure in the second period is disappointing to say the least, especially when they had a full week to get mentally prepared for the UM onslaught. Read More…

Spartans Blown Away in the Windy City

The ice conditions were not perfect, which caused the opening faceoff to be delayed for a total of one hour and 40 minutes. Once the puck dropped, the Wolverines made the adjustments the Spartans did not.

After Michigan State derailed Michigan’s winning streak last week, the Wolverines found their mojo Saturday night under the stars at Soldier Field in Chicago. Backed by 31 saves from Zach Nagelvoort and four goals from four different players, No. 14 Michigan cruised to a 4-1 win over Michigan State. Read More…

Spartans Ready for Outdoor Clash Against Michigan

After a day of practice at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Spartans are ready to take the ice against Michigan in the Hockey City Classic Saturday night. It has been a week of preparation and anxiety for the Spartans, who are 1-1-1 lifetime outdoors against Michigan. It will also be the first time these schools have met in an out-of-state game since 1968. Read More…

Behind the Mask – 2/4/15

The Cold War turns hot once again as the Spartans and the Wolverines get ready to face off at Soldier Field in Chicago with three very important points on the line.

Spartan hockey broadcaster, Scott Moore, guest stars with hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal in this latest edition of Behind the Mask. Read More…

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…

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