Tom Anastos and MSU hockey announced their schedule for the upcoming season. Anastos is beginning his fourth year in what is a MAJOR rebuilding project. This is the season Spartan fans can look for and see visible improvements. So much has been repaired in what Anastos has done in his first three seasons that frankly was not appreciated simply because of how bad of condition the program was in when he arrived.
Here is the press release MSU Hockey SID Jeff Barnes sent out.
EAST LANSING – The Michigan State hockey program announced its complete 2014-15 schedule today, June 16. Start times and television coverage will be announced once determined by the Big Ten Conference, as will the exact dates for those games which have yet to be finalized.
The Spartans will play 14 non-conference games including seven against opponents from Hockey East and three against schools from both the ECAC and WCHA.
The 20-game Big Ten schedule will begin in late November when the Spartans travel to Ohio State. After hosting Minnesota the first weekend of December, the Spartans will play their final 16 conference games beginning in mid-January at Penn State.
Fans can get their first look at the Spartans on Sunday, Oct. 5 when the team plays a Green and White intrasquad game. The Spartans will host the University of Windsor on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Munn Ice Arena in their first of two exhibition games on the season.
The regular season schedule will begin similarly to the previous year as the Spartans will take on the same three teams – Massachusetts, Boston University and UMass-Lowell – in their first four games.
After opening the 2013-14 campaign at UMass last season, the Minutemen will make their first trip to East Lansing since 2001 on Oct. 17-18. MSU will then head East to play at Boston University on Oct. 24 and then at UMass-Lowell on Oct. 25.
The Spartans will see former CCHA-foe Ferris State three times this coming season with the first two meetings taking place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Munn Ice Arena. The two teams will meet again in the first game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 28.
Michigan State will return to New England the weekend of Nov. 7-8 when it takes on the University of New Hampshire. It will be MSU’s first trip to Durham, New Hampshire, since meeting the Wildcats in the 1982 NCAA Regional.
The Spartans will make it three consecutive games against Hockey East opponents when they host Boston College at Munn on Nov. 14.
MSU will begin Big Ten play at Ohio State when it travels to meet the Buckeyes Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Spartans will make a trip to Princeton over Thanksgiving weekend, taking on the Tigers at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink Nov. 28-29.
MSU’s first home Big Ten series will again be against Minnesota as the Spartans host the Gophers Dec. 5-6 at Munn.
The Spartans’ final game before the Christmas break will be Dec. 14 when they host Clarkson.
The 50th edition of the Great Lakes Invitational will take place Dec. 28-29 at Joe Louis Arena. After facing Ferris State in the opening game, the Spartans will take on either Michigan or host Michigan Tech.
MSU will begin the new calendar year by taking on the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 squad on Jan. 9 in an exhibition game.
The Spartans will begin a stretch of 16 consecutive Big Ten games when they travel to Penn State in mid-January. The teams will play a two-game series between Jan. 15-19 as actual dates will be finalized later this summer.
The Spartans and Buckeyes will complete their season series the following weekend in East Lansing. MSU and OSU will play one game on Saturday, Jan. 24, while the other contest will be played on either Friday or Sunday.
The first of four meetings with Michigan will take place on consecutive Saturdays at the end of January and then the first week of February. MSU will host the Wolverines Jan. 30 and meet again in Michigan’s home game on Feb. 7.
Michigan State will welcome Penn State the weekend of Feb. 13-15. The Spartans and Nittany Lions will play one game on Saturday, Feb. 14, while the other will take part on either Friday or Sunday.
MSU and Wisconsin will complete their season series in a span of three weekends, beginning Feb. 19-21 when the Spartans visit Madison. The Spartans will then host Wisconsin for a pair of games March 6-7 in East Lansing.
Michigan State will travel to Minnesota on the final weekend of February. The two games against the Gophers will be played Thursday and Friday (Feb. 26-27), Friday and Saturday (Feb. 27-28) or Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 28-March 1).
The Spartans and Wolverines will close the regular season with a home-and-home set March 13-14. The two teams will meet in East Lansing on Friday, March 13, and then the following night, March 14, in Ann Arbor.
The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be held March 19-21 at Joe Louis Arena. The tournament features all six teams in a single-elimination format.