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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Behind the Mask – #10 – 11/5/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal welcome the host of The Pact, the one and only Anthony Serafino as a special guest.

Jason, Brian and Fino will break down Michigan State’s weekend split with Ferris State and give a preview of this weekend’s matchup on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They’ll also take a look at the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams and much more! 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…

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…

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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