This weekend the Michigan State hockey team lost their 8th and 9th consecutive conference games falling to number 4 Penn State on back-to-back nights. MSU has not won a game since defeating North Dakota 4-3 on November 25th. While the excuse has been made the team is young and will need some time to develop, the team has failed to translate on the ice that improvements are coming, putting head coach Tom Anastos back on the hot seat. The start to the season saw the Spartans face numerous tough teams, and that will continue into Big Ten play.
Two Penn State goals in a nine-second span late in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions a 5-2 win over the Michigan State hockey team on Saturday night at Pegula Ice Arena. The Spartans (4-15-1, 0-6) took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but a goal by Ricky DeRosa off an MSU turnover with 10:29 to play tied the game and was the first of four straight for PSU.
The Michigan State hockey team dropped its opening game of a weekend series at No. 4 Penn State, 5-2, Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park. The Spartans took an early lead, but Penn State responded with three straight goals and never again gave up the advantage.
The MSU hockey team (4-13-1, 0-4-0 Big Ten) continues its five-game road trip as it faces No. 4 Penn State (14-2-1, 3-1-0 Big Ten) in a two-game series this weekend. “(Penn State is a) good team, playing with lots of confidence,” head coach Tom Anastos said. “They’re a real good team at home … They traditionally have thrown a lot of pucks to the net and created a lot off of that. Their defense is very active in their game, which makes you have to really be on your toes to defend.”
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For sure, Ed Minney’s first career start as a Michigan State goaltender was anything but memorable. It was at Penn State last season – on Dec. 5, 2016. Minney, a sophomore in 2015-16, gave up two goals before the game was four minutes old – at 2:50 and 3:50 – and another late in the first period.
Each week, The State News will interview a member of the MSU hockey team and ask questions not just related to hockey. This week, The State News interviewed sophomore forward Mason Appleton.
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Michigan State continues its five-game road trip with a pair of games at Penn State this weekend. Sophomore Mason Appleton leads the Spartans in goals (8), assists (9) and points (17) … He has five points (3g, 2a) over the last five games and has been held off the scoresheet just twice in the past seven games.
A pair of second-period Wisconsin goals snapped a 1-1 tie as the Badgers defeated the Michigan State hockey team, 5-1, on Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
A pair of first-period goals gave the Wisconsin Badgers some early momentum and it proved to be enough in a 5-1 win over the Michigan State hockey team on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Mason Appleton, Michigan State’s standout sophomore right wing, is still looking for his first goal against his home-state team – the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Spartans begin the New Year by heading to Wisconsin for the first of five consecutive road games in the month … The five conference-game road stretch is the longest for a Big Ten team this year. MSU went 3-1 against Wisconsin last season, including sweeping the Badgers in Madison (4-3, 3-1), Feb. 19-20.
This episode of Spartan Hockey All-Access includes features on former Spartan Justin Abdelkader, goalie Ed Minney, and a look at the history of Spartan Hockey at Joe Louis Arena.