Tom Anastos opened up his press conference with a smile on Tuesday. His enthusiastic grin expressed his itch to take the ice again.
MSU took on former CCHA Conference rival Lake Superior State Thursday night in front of a sparse home opening crowd, in large part due to it being a Thursday.
The confines of Munn Ice Arena will be a welcome sight for the travel weary Spartan hockey team that hasn’t played a game at Munn this season other than the exhibition game with Western Ontario back on Oct. 4.
Not many times is the goalie the most recognizable face of a hockey team, but when he is, it’s with great reason. Standing at six feet tall, and 184 pounds, the keeper of MSU’s blue paint Jake Hildebrand is not even the biggest goaltender in the Big Ten, let alone his own team.
If you’re looking for a mantra for the 2015-16 hockey season, you won’t find one. Coach Tom Anastos didn’t jump on the “Reach Higher” bandwagon Mark Dantonio is driving with Tom Izzo sitting pretty in the shotgun seat.
On March 3, 1993 Shawn Walsh, head hockey coach at the University of Maine, looked on from the bench as his Black Bears skated to their first ever national title.
Under the trappings and new gimmicks of a newly renovated Munn Ice Arena, MSU Hockey picked up right where they left off last season by defeating Western Ontario 2-1 Sunday evening. It didn’t take long for the Spartans to break the ice on the fresh season as freshmen center Cody Milan gave the Spartans an early lead just two minutes into the opening period.
If there’s any green paint left over from the “green line” experiment at Munn Ice Arena, MSU Hockey might just want to use it to scrawl “NCAA Tourney or Bust” on the walls of the locker room. That was the sentiment from many of the players during MSU Hockey Media Day Wednesday at Munn Ice Arena.
MSU Hockey already knows its talent depth but now two of the team's top returners have garnered some early conference recognition. The Big Ten Conference today released its 12 member deep Preseason Players to Watch List, and two Spartans grace this year’s list.
Just one week after Providence won the NCAA championship, MSU hockey head coach took some time to look back on the Spartans season.
Teams from across the country competed for the title, but MSU came out on top. After an intense competition, the MSU Division 3 Hockey Club won the 2014-15 ACHA National Championship game in Pelham, Alabama on March 14. The tournament had the Spartans facing off against the University of Alabama (4-4), Colorado State University (5-3), Pitts-Johnstown University (2-9) and Bryn Athyn College (7-6 OT) for the semi-finals.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 6,042 at Munn Ice Arena, MSU hockey (15-14-2, 9-6-2-2 Big Ten) picked up an important win with just three games left in the season.