The No. 18 Spartans host No. 16/15 Arizona State in their last series before the Christmas break this Saturday and Sunday at Munn Ice Arena. Michigan State is coming off a sweep of Wisconsin last weekend that moved the Spartans to 6-3-1 in the Big Ten and tied for second place with Ohio State with 19 points – two behind conference-leading Penn State.
Scott, Rob, and Danton recap the Wisconsin series, and preview the upcoming Arizona State series. Also, the ugly sweater contest. Guest is msuspartans.com writer Neil Koepke.
Travel to the Bahamas with Women’s Basketball, hear more from Draymond Green the night his jersey was retired in the Breslin, watch highlights from MSU Hockey during their sweep against Wisconsin and their time playing Sled Hockey.
Michigan State senior goaltender John Lethemon has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. It’s the second time this season the senior goaltender has earned the top weekly conference honor.
Michigan State sophomore defenseman Christian Krygier has been named to the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster, USA Hockey announced on Monday. Krygier is one of 28 players on the preliminary roster that will be competing for a final spot on the 23-man roster for the 2020 World Junior Championship.
When a school has participated in intercollegiate athletics for over a century, milestones are moments to be remembered and collected. While opportunities to win increase with extended seasons, the longevity of excellence required to set a high watermark becomes increasingly difficult.
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The Michigan State hockey team swept No. 19 Wisconsin in thrilling fashion with a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, the Spartans scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. Wisconsin tied the game with 20 seconds to go, but Patrick Khodorenko’s second goal of the game 2:30 into overtime gave the Spartans the weekend sweep.
John Lethemon’s 41 saves helped the Michigan State hockey team shut out No. 19 Wisconsin, 3-0, in front of a crowd of 6,007 on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Tommy Miller, Jagger Joshua and Brody Stevens all scored for the Spartans, who are now 7-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State and Wisconsin are two teams with several differences. The Badgers, with seven freshmen and only two seniors, are the second-youngest team in college hockey, and the Spartans, with eight seniors and only three freshmen, are one of the oldest. Wisconsin has 11 NHL draft picks on its roster, including three first-rounders and one player who’s expected to be selected in the first round in the 2020 Entry Draft. MSU has four draft picks.
Scott, Rob, and Danton recap the Ohio State series. They also preview the Wisconsin series. Guests were senior forward Patrick Khodorenko, and Assistant Coach Chris Luongo.
The Spartans start a four-game homestand this weekend as they’ll host Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. both nights at Munn Ice Arena. Michigan State enters the series in fourth place in the Big Ten with 13 points (4-3-1-0), while Wisconsin is five points behind in sixth place (2-5-1-1) … Wisconsin is coming off a home split (W, 3-2; L, 3-1) vs. Michigan.
For two periods Sunday afternoon, Michigan State struggled to create quality scoring chances. The Spartans had only 11 shots on goal and nine others blocked by Ohio State’s defensemen and forwards through 40 frustrating minutes of play. But trailing only 1-0 and playing solid defense and getting stellar goaltending from John Lethemon, there was still hope for a MSU comeback.
Tanner Laczynski’s goal just over 13 minutes into the opening period stood as the difference as the 20th-ranked Michigan State hockey team fell to 11th-ranked Ohio State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The 20th-ranked Michigan State hockey team fell to No. 11 Ohio State, 3-1, on Saturday evening at Value City Arena in Columbus. Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, Mitchell Lewandowski scored to make it a one-goal game. The Spartans pulled goaltender John Lethemon for the extra attacker in the closing minutes but couldn’t get the equalizer, putting an end to their four-game unbeaten streak.
After three consecutive, successful home games – win, win, tie – the Spartans this weekend are back on the road where they’ve played well and boast a strong 4-3 record. The new challenge is beating No 11/11 Ohio State at Value City Arena – at least once . . . and maybe twice.
Michigan State, which is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1) and is 4-1-1 over its last six games, travels to Ohio State for Thanksgiving weekend to meet the No. 11 Buckeyes on Saturday and Sunday at Value City Arena. The Spartans are ranked 20th in this week’s USCHO.com poll, while they received votes and are just outside of the 15-team USAToday/USA Hockey poll.
Senior Sam Saliba has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. It’s the third consecutive week a Spartan has been named the league’s first star.
Watch the highlights from three big wins the past week by: Michigan State Basketball, Michigan State Hockey, Michigan State Women’s Basketball, and travel to the NCAA Championships with Women’s Track and Field.
After a weekend in which the Spartans took four of a possible six points from No. 3 Notre Dame, MSU finds themselves nationally ranked, coming in at No. 20 in the latest USCHO poll.
Source: Spartans Wire