The mens ice hockey team is undefeated after its first weekend of regular season play.
The seventh-ranked Spartans beat Alaska-Anchorage 5-4 on Friday night and tied Merrimack 1-1 on Saturday night at the Johnson Nissan Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.
For tournament purposes, the game against Merrimack went to a shoot-out, which MSU won 2-0. However, the game officially counted as a tie.
Against Alaska-Anchorage, sophomore left winger Brian Maloney led the Spartans with two goals and an assist and freshman center Jeremy Jackson chipped in three assists.
Junior right winger Adam Hall opened the scoring of the seesaw game. The Seawolves notched the next two goals for a 2-1 lead, but Maloney answered back with his first tally of the game.
Sophomore defenseman John-Michael Liles and senior right winger John Nail also scored for the Spartans.
Senior right winger Rustyn Dolyny scored the only regulation goal for MSU against Merrimack, with assists from senior right winger Damon Whitten and freshman center Tim Hearon.
Dolyny and Hall scored in the shoot-out while sophomore goalie Ryan Miller stopped all three breakaways by Merrimack.
In going 0-for-7 on power play chances in the Merrimack game, MSU ended its streak of 17 straight games scoring with a man advantage.
Miller played both games in net for MSU, making 19 saves against the Seawolves and 26 against Merrimack.
In their only home event of the season, the womens crew team topped Notre Dame in three out of five races at the Head of the Grand on Saturday.
MSU claimed victories in the Varsity Four, Varsity Eight and Novice Eight (B-flight) while the Fighting Irish triumphed in the Novice Eight (A-flight) and Pairs events.
The three Spartan Varsity Four boats completely dominated their race, taking the top three slots from the Irish.
MSUs third-place boat finished 19 seconds ahead of the top Notre Dame boat.
In the Varsity Eight race, the MSU A boat won by 23 seconds over the MSU B boat. Notre Dames A boat came in third, 31 seconds off the pace.
MSU will next row at the Head of the Schuylkill on Oct. 28 in Philadelphia.
The Spartans will finish their fall schedule the next day at the Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J.
The No. 16 Spartans swept their two-game weekend series, topping Iowa and Ball State.
Freshmen forward Theresa Pusateri lifted MSU over Iowa with a game-winning goal at 14:11 of the second half.
The 2-1 win over the Hawkeyes (7-7, 1-3) was the first conference win for MSU (9-6, 1-2).
Junior forward Maureen Halstead opened the scoring in the first half, tipping a centering pass from freshman forward Sophie Rosmalen past Iowa goalie Saleema Rogers less than two minutes into the game.
Iowa forward Margot McMahon evened the score at 1-1 with 16:25 left in the contest, before Pusateris goal.
The Spartans jumped all over the Cardinals (3-12), notching two goals in the first five minutes in the 3-2 win at Spartan Stadium on Sunday.
Freshman midfielder Alexandra Kyser, sophomore midfielder Julia Adams and Rosmalen all scored for MSU.
MSU out-shot Ball State 26-8 for the game and held a 11-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Sophomore goalie Mireille Evans picked up both wins in net for MSU, turning away seven Hawkeye shots and four Cardinal shots.