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In a back-to-back weekend series, a loss the first night usually equals an all out effort to win the next night. And after a much needed 3-2 overtime thriller victory over rival University of Michigan (17-4-4), MSU hockey fell victim to the Wolverines wrath and lost 4-1 at home.
The fate of the most complete effort by this Spartan hockey team (7-18-2) rested on the stick of university of Michigan’s Dexter Dancs. A streaking Dancs broke into the zone unabated on a breakaway looking to end it. He slowed and cocked his stick ready to fire, but a hustling freshman Mason Appleton caught up, dove and swatted the puck off Dancs’ stick, salvaging what was left of a dismal season.
MSU hockey's (6-18-2) direction and intensity were missing in its game Saturday night, as MSU reverted back to usual form, playing timid with the puck and allowing OSU (8-14-2) to jump out to a 2-0 lead before eventually losing 2-1. The Spartans played with much conviction on Friday in a 4-2 victory over the Buckeyes. This series was the first time MSU hasn’t lost both games since the Wisconsin series in December.
MSU hockey’s season (6-17-2) has been a disappointment to its players, but that didn't stop them from giving it all they had in a gritty 4-2 win at Ohio State.
They came with an edge. They came with the fight and drive of a team looking to reconcile its thrashing the night before. Yet, the grit and the fight wasn’t enough to avoid yet another lead given up. MSU hockey (5-17-2) dropped its eighth straight game, a 3-1 loss to Minnesota (11-10-0) on Saturday night.
MSU hockey (5-16-2) couldn’t keep Minnesota’s (10-10-0) physical offensive at bay as Gopher’s forward Hudson Fasching popped in two goals in route to a 5-2 Minnesota victory Friday night at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Unlike most of its previous losses, however, the Spartans let themselves down early and never recovered instead of surrendering a late lead.
For talented hockey players in Sweden, there is a pretty standard route to making it big. First, they play for junior or youth teams operated by professional clubs. And next, if they are good enough, they advance to the professional level of club play.
MSU hockey (5-14-2) was in the game for all of about 10 minutes before five Michigan (12-3-3) goals in a span of 5:40 would boil over into a 9-2 Wolverine rout of the Spartans.
For the second straight night, MSU hockey (5-13-2) vanquished a late third period lead and lost in overtime. This time defeat came at the hands of NMU (7-7-6), which scored a power play goal with 4:15 to go in the third to tie the game at one and scored with 1:22 left in overtime to defeat MSU 2-1.
MSU hockey’s (5-12-2) pursuit for its first Great Lakes Invitational title since 2009 will have to wait another year. The Spartans let a 2-0 third period lead slip through their grasp, as Michigan Tech (11-6-2) came back for a 3-2 overtime victory.
Junior forward Joe Cox took a jab to the head, a stick to the leg, and three cross checks to the back. He promptly returned the blows with some forceful punches of his own. The puck hadn’t even dropped yet.
MSU hockey (5-9-2) can celebrate for the first time in over a month after a gutsy come from behind 4-3 victory over Wisconsin (3-7-5) on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena.
MSU hockey (4-9-2) has more or less swept its past four games under the rug; at least that’s the sentiment from the locker room as it prepares to take on Wisconsin (3-6-5) for a two-game series at Munn Ice Arena this weekend.
MSU hockey (4-7-2) hasn't made it easy on itself thus far this season. With a front loaded schedule that included seven of its 13 games against ranked opponents, the Spartans have been walking on eggshells when it comes to confidence.
MSU hockey head coach Tom Anastos might just be cut from the same cloth as Tom Izzo when it comes to building a strong program. Anastos took an Izzo staple in playing tough non-conference tournament atmosphere games early in the year and currently sit at 4-7-2.
What started out as a chance for MSU hockey (4-7-2) to turn its luck around quickly became another disappointing result as North Dakota (12-2-2) defeated the Spartans, 4-1.
North Dakota (11-2-2) was better in just about every facet of the game than MSU hockey (4-6-2) and though a late push by the Spartans made it seem close, it was too little too late, as North Dakota took the game, 3-1.
For the first time since 1980 North Dakota hockey (10-2-2) will skate at Munn Ice Arena. Part of Friday and Sunday series, MSU hockey (4-5-2) will face the newly nicknamed Fighting Hawks.
For a second night in a row, MSU hockey (4-5-2) couldn’t close out a two goal lead, surrendering two late goals to Michigan Tech (7-4-1) in a 4-4 tie Sunday evening.
All it takes is a few bounces to swing the momentum of a game, and they were abundant for tonight for Michigan Tech (7-4) as they defeated MSU (4-5-1) 5-4 in overtime.