#13 Spartan Hockey Team Completes the Sweep of Bowling Green with 4-1 Win!

Hondo S. Carpenter

Munn Arena

East Lansing, MI



The Spartan Hockey team has already done a complete turn around after a disappointing previous year. Tonight at Munn they completed the first part of this season, and they are poised for a big second half.


Despite a clutch and physical style that Bowling Green tried to use, the Spartans took it to BG. Defenseman Jeff Petry, who hasn’t scored since the third game of year, finally lit the light. 


You had to feel bad for the young star who has hit cross bars and everything in between, but not the net. He was relieved to be spending the upcoming two weeks of Christmas break with his scoreless monkey off of his back.  


Petry had a good game, but the star was junior Corey Tropp. He had the natural hat trick (3 goals) and dominated the game. The mild-mannered young man didn’t want to talk about his success, “Getting the win was the most important thing.” Head Coach Rick Comley did want to talk about Tropp’s success. “A natural hat trick, don’t see that too often.”


Tropp now leads the nation in goals scored with 16 so far for this season. The Spartans now take their break with a 12-6-2 record and presently have a #13 national rating that is sure to go up after the sweep of BG. Even more remarkable is that four of the Spartans six losses have been in the last minute.


Comley was happy to end an enjoyable first half with the BG win. “It is nice to have something positive going into two weeks off.” Comley, who quietly keeps reaching out to the community, had a great idea; an idea that the CCHA didn’t like, but he didn’t care. He asked all fans to bring a Teddy Bear to toss on the ice when the Spartans scored their first goal. 


When Petry lit the lamp nearely 400 of them came reigning down from the stands. Comley’s goal was to gather them for local children’s charities. After the game I asked Comley about the great event, “I think it is great, the league (CCHA) didn’t like it and I think that is silly.”


His young star Jeff Petry had forgot about the event. When his goal went in, he ducked when the Teddy Bears came down like rain. “I completely forgot, I obviously didn’t score three, I didn’t know what it is.”


Comley’s consistent leadership and ‘steady as she goes’ attitude has led to this great turnaround. With 18 of his 22 players true freshman or sophomores, according to Jamie Weir (the SID of MSU Hockey), the rest of the season and the future are very bright.


Comley leaves in the a.m. on a five-day recruiting trip. The Spartans will return to practice on December 26, 2009, and won’t be back in competitive action until the GLI that takes place on Tuesday the 29th of December at Joe Louis Arena.