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.