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…
In front of a sold-out Joe Louis Arena crowd, the Spartans made a bold statement. For the 301st time, the most of any college matchup, Michigan State and No. 13 Michigan went head-to-head on the ice, and the Spartans pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset to win their third game in a row.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Hockey season is upon us, and coach Tom Anastos and his crew have some work to do prior to their first regular season game against Massachusetts on Oct. 17. In his press conference at media day last Wednesday, Anastos talked about several areas in which his team needs to improve.
The most glaring issue facing the Spartans is finding a way to put the puck in the net. Read More…
It has been a rocky road for Michigan State men’s ice hockey since making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Two subpar seasons have put Michigan State in a re-tooling phase, but coming into this season, coach Tom Anastos was feeling very optimistic about the capabilities of his team when he spoke at Media Day last Wednesday.
“I thought it was our best offseason,” Anastos said. “We challenged the guys when our season was over to go home. We didn’t have guys come back early given the renovations at Munn. We also wanted to get a nice fresh mindset before the season started. Based on our physical testing, it’s been the best in three years.” Read More…
In Michigan State’s opening exhibition match against the Windsor Lancers, Matt Beaudoin tied the game at two for Windsor with a power-play goal midway through the third period, which eventually forced overtime Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 3,683 at Munn Ice Arena. Nobody scored in the five-minute extra session and Windsor would win the shootout 1-0 on a goal by Spencer Pommells. The game goes in the books as a 2-2 tie.
“That was an ideal exhibition game for us,” said fourth-year head coach Tom Anastos. “It’s an experienced team. It’s an older group. A lot of those players have a lot of high-level hockey experience. As a step to get ready for our first game, I wish we could play one more like that.”
Behind the Mask is back for another season of Michigan State hockey. New host Jason Ruff, along with Brian Bobal, are at Munn Ice Arena for the Spartans’ exhibition opener against the Windsor Lancers.
Jason and Brian discuss what their first impressions of the team are period-by-period. They also provide a look ahead to the upcoming regular season, which begins Oct. 17 against UMass.
Not long after the Spartans’ season ended in an overtime defeat in the Big Ten playoffs to Ohio State, men’s hockey coach Tom Anastos announced that forward Michael Ferrantino would be the Spartans’ 70th captain in program history.
“It means a lot. Growing up around this program and seeing the guys that have been captain before me, it’s hard for me to put it into words,” Ferrantino said. “Just to be trusted with that honor and that responsibility by your teammates and your coaches means a lot to me.”
As the Spartans prepare for their 40th season under the roof of Munn Ice Arena, the Michigan State Athletic Department announced further renovations to Munn that will take place over the next 12 months and will be the prelude to a total building renovation.
“Our goal is for Munn Ice Arena to represent a tribute to Michigan State’s rich hockey past and commitment to its future,” athletic director Mark Hollis said in an early morning press release. Read More…
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.
Fall classes are starting to get underway at MSU, which also means that the MSU hockey season is almost upon us. With just about a month until the season starts, Spartan hockey season tickets are now available for purchase online.
Students have the option to buy season tickets or single game tickets the week of the game. With the purchase of season tickets, students receive an exclusive A-Team student section jersey. Non-students will have the same options, but they would not receive the jersey with the purchase of season tickets.
The Spartans have had a great history in men’s college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.
Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest Spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.
Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?
Hold on to your earmuffs, Michigan State will play Michigan at Soldier Field in Chicago as part of the Coyote Logistics Hockey City Classic.
The matchup, which was recently announced by Intersport, will take place Saturday, February 7 and will count toward the regular season standings.
Also included will be a matchup between Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio).