Preview: MSU Hockey to host UMass-Lowell following first season win

Coming off its first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green, Michigan State hockey seems to upload to the win column because it takes on No. 16 UMass-Lowell Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m.

First-year Head Coach Adam Nightingale stated he idea his crew stepped forward during the weekend within the sequence as opposed to BGSU. 

“I thought at home in the first game we were a little sloppy to start,” Nightingale stated. “At Bowling Green, (there were) really good tests, really tough building to play in, but the guys played really well for 60 minutes and got the job done.”

Senior ahead Erik Middendorf stated MSU sought after to win at house Friday night time, but it surely was once “nice” to get the first win of the season at the highway over BGSU.

“We played amazing there and kept the pace off and made minimal mistakes, and when we did our effort was so high that we just dominated them,” Middendorf stated.

Middendorf completed 2021-22 with 12 objectives, 4 of which have been game-winning. 

With beginners forwards Karsen Dorwart, Tiernan Shoudy and Daniel Russell all scoring objectives thus far this season, Nightingale stated the early luck from the beginners on his crew is a “good sign” for the way forward for this system.

“I think the freshmen group’s done a really good job of coming in and putting their head down and working and I think that’s really important when you’re talking about a team,” Nightingale stated.

Nightingale added there is not any sense of entitlement a few of the more youthful gamers, in spite of their early achievements. 

“Having that humble approach where they’re still confident but not coming into the locker room and walking around like ‘I’m some big shot,’ I think that’s really important for what we’re trying to do,” Nightingale stated. “I think each one of them has done a really good job of that.”

Graduate defenseman Michael Underwood echoed Nightingale’s reward for the inexperienced persons and stated he spotted the beginners’s ability from the first weeks of summer season camp.

“We were all interested to see what they were going to be like when they started to play big boy hockey and they’ve been able to show up and then some,” Underwood stated. “They’ve been carrying the weight and we’re really happy because they work their bag off. They show up every day, they don’t complain, they do what they need to do, they work hard and they’ve been great for us.”

Underwood is a Michigan local who transferred to MSU from Clarkson University the place he performed 35 video games, scored two objectives and 5 assists for seven issues throughout the 2021-22 season. 

Friday night time’s recreation drew a tight measurement crowd which integrated a rowdy scholar segment within the Munnsters. Nightingale stated he appreciates the lovers and that their strengthen is vital to the crew. 

“Our job is to give them something to get excited about and we’re working at it, and I think we’re getting better,” Nightingale stated. “You can sense the passion for Spartan hockey and for them to come out and support us is a big deal.”

A take a look at matchup with UMass-Lowell

MSU and UMass-Lowell met remaining season for a two-game sequence in Massachusetts. The first recreation led to a 2-2 tie in extra time, however the River Hawks took the second one, 4-0. 

UMass-Lowell is 2-1 this season with wins over Saint Lawrence and Miami Ohio.

Nightingale stated UMass-Lowell is a aggressive, smartly coached crew that frequents the post-season match regularly.

“They’re a really good team,” Nightingale stated. “Our challenge against them will be to try to get to the inside. They’re a team that really prides themselves on defending and they can catch you in transition, so we got to have three really good practices this week to get ready for the weekend.”

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Senior ahead Carl Berglund leads UMass-Lowell with 3 objectives in 3 video games, two of which got here in a single recreation in opposition to Miami Ohio.

As a returner, Middendorf stated he recollects UMass-Lowell as a tricky opponent and expects any other difficult matchup this yr. 

“I think this year with our speed and our ability to transition, we’ll see if they can handle that,” Middendorf stated. “Playing at Lowell last year, we were a little slow. I felt like we were stuck in mud for a bit, but I think at home this year and the confidence that we have in our work ethic and in our game, I’m excited for the matchup.”

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