Tom Anastos will be making his head coaching debut with Michigan State Friday when the Spartans face No. 5 Boston College in the Icebreaker Invitational in North Dakota.
While the Spartans struggled to a sub-.500 season last year, costing Rick Comley his job, Boston College was one of the premier teams in the nation. Boston College won the 2010 national title at Ford Field, then finished 30-8-1 last season.
Face off is set for 5 p.m. in the beautiful 11,000-seat Ralph Englestad Arena. The winner will face the North Dakota-Air Force winner at 8:30 Saturday with the losers playing at 5.
Anastos will make his home coaching debut Thursday, Oct. 20 against Ohio State. The Spartans play a series at Lake Superior State next weekend.
Michigan will host Bentley in a weekend series, starting Friday. The Wolverines opened the season with an impressive 5-0 win over Niagara Tuesday at Yost Arena. Junior Lindsay Sparks had his first career hat trick and freshman Travis Lynch scored a shorthanded goal. Shawn Hunwick combined with Adam Janecyk for the shutout.
Andy Murray will be making his college coaching debut with Western Michigan Friday when the Broncos host Alabama-Huntsville. Murray has 20 years of NHL coaching experience, including 10 as head coach with Los Angeles and St. Louis.
The Broncos made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 15 years last season.