EAST LANSING, MI --This weekend the Michigan State hockey team opens its home schedule with a pair of games against the Colgate Raiders. They will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss at North Dakota and improve upon their 32-21-4 record in season openers since 1950.
The Spartans will raise their national championship banner prior to Friday nights game. Members of both the 1986 and 1966 national title teams are expected to be in attendance and will be part of the celebration.
"We're not only raising our banner said Comley but more prominently displaying the '66 and '86 teams. This is in hopes to bring together the generations of players at Michigan State."
These two teams meet for only the second and third time this weekend. MSU won the first meeting 2-1 in the Maverick Stampede consolation game back in 2002.
Colgate is picked to finish in the middle of the ECAC standings this year. They are off to a 2-0 start with pair of victories this past weekend against Sacred Heart and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Players to Watch:
Colgate Senior Forward Tyler Burton:
Burton led the Raiders in points last season with 40 including 18 goals and 22 assists and is off to a hot start this year with five points thru two games. He was named on the ECAC pre-season teams by both the media and the coaches.
Michigan State Junior Forward Tim Kennedy:
Kennedy, a Buffalo Sabers prospect, is a pre-season Second Team All-CCHA selection. Hell be teamed up with fellow juniors Justin Abdelkader and Tim Crowder. Kennedy, a gritty forward who is a natural goal scorer, will look to get the Spartans back on track this weekend.
Colgate Keys to victory
For Colgate to win they need to slow down the game. The Raiders will need to limit the Spartan scoring chances. The Raiders are not as talented or as fast as the Spartans, but if they can trap successfully and force MSU into some bad turnovers and stupid penalties, then theyll have a chance to win.
MSU Keys to victory
For Michigan State to win they need to stick to their game plan and not allow a gritty Colgate team to frustrate them. The key for the green and white will be avoiding turnovers and getting solid goalie play from Jeff Lerg. Look for the offense to bounce back this weekend.
Weekend Prediction: Spartans Sweep!!
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