Michigan State's Corey Tropp had a goal and an assist Monday as the Spartans kicked off the 2008 exhibition season with a 4-3 win over Western Ontario. The six-footer pounced on a power play rebound just 2:29 in to get things going for MSU, then later assisted on a Daultan Leveille game winner in the third. The Spartans will head to Boston this weekend for the IceBreaker for games against Massachusetts and Boston University. The North Dakota Fighting Sioux (Brad Eidsness, Corey Fienhage) will also participate. Following up on the ankle injury to Nick Eno, the Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, OH) reports that the sophomore is currently "day to day" and should be ready to go next weekend.
Bowling Green goalie Nick Eno didn't play in Saturday's exhibition against Wilfred Laurier University, the result of a sprained ankle suffered in practice Sept. 24. The sophomore's status is "day to day," Falcon coach Scott Paluch said. Eno is battling senior Jimmy Spratt, who made 11 saves in a 5-1 win over WLU, for the starting job. The injury happened, Paluch said, when Eno was going post to post during a drill. He's practiced twice since the injury, but hasn't been back on the ice since a week ago today. "It only effects his on-ice movements," Paluch said. "He's comfortable doing workouts as far as biking and foot movement off the ice. Getting up and down on the ice is where it's effecting him. We're hoping he responds well to the days off." Eno and Spratt split BG's goaltending duties last season. Eno posted a 2.79 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 23 games to earn a spot on the All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association rookie team. BG is hoping Eno will be able to start one of the team's season-opening games next weekend.In the QMJHL, Montreal defenseman T.J. Brennan came up short as stud '09 goalie Olivier Roy was named Q Defensive Player of the Week.
Roy recorded two victories last week - including a shutout - while posting a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Drew Paris of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, T.J. Brennan of the Montreal Junior and Charles Lavigne of the Quebec Remparts were also considered.Brennan, 19, won the award twice last season.