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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Can’t wait for hockey season?
Until the Spartans play their Green and White game to kick off the preseason, here are some MSU related bits from Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.
The season is over and we all have questions. Is Tom Anastos under the gun next year? Will developing “organically” help or hurt the team? How will MSU be able to replace Wolfe, Riemer and the Chelios brothers?
First off, I do not think anyone will deny that this season was much better than last season. Winning percentage was higher, defense was better, and overall, it just seemed that MSU was in almost every game they played in.
After shocking No. 5 Wisconsin in overtime Friday night, the Spartans were looking to end Big Ten and regular season play on a high note.
Unfortunately, the Badgers had other plans.
An efficient penalty kill seemed inevitable from the start.
MSU had killed 22 of its last 24 opponent power-play attempts in the past seven games, but it was the power-play that haunted them in a 2-2 tie Friday night.
After coming up short against Michigan Tech in their first game on Friday afternoon, the Spartans were looking to bounce back against the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan State and Michigan are scheduled to play each other four times this season, but got an early look at each other on Saturday.