Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole announced today (June 1) the addition of two players for the 2021-22 season as forwards Chris Berger and Griffin Loughran have officially joined the Spartan program. Berger and Loughran join the previously signed recruits – Jeremy Davidson (F), David Gucciardi (D), Tanner Kelly (F), Erik Middendorf (F) and Jesse Tucker (F) – bringing the total number of newcomers for 2021-22 to seven.
The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway with several Spartans chasing the most iconic trophy in all of sports. Mason Appleton (Winnipeg Jets), Jeff Petry (Montreal Canadiens), Torey Krug (St. Louis Blues) and Mackenzie MacEachern (St. Louis Blues) will all take part in the playoffs. Behind the bench, Rod Brind’Amour, will lead the Carolina Hurricanes to the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Michigan State hockey great Ryan Miller played his last NHL game on Sunday, May 9 as the goaltender retired after 796 NHL games. Miller is the winningest American-born goaltender in NHL history with 391 victories.
Michigan State juniors Drew DeRidder and Dennis Cesana have earned All-Big Ten honorable mention, it was announced by the conference office today (March 16). The 2020-21 All-Big Ten honors were selected by the league’s coaches and media. It’s the second straight All-Big Ten honor for Cesana, who was voted to the league’s second team last season. Both DeRidder and Cesana were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2018-19.
For 55 minutes, Michigan State had not given up a goal and was on the verge of pulling off the biggest upset in the history of the Big Ten Hockey Tournament.
Michigan State saw its season come to an end on Sunday with a tough, 2-1 overtime loss to No. 4/5 Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Compton Family Ice Arena. The Spartans led 1-0 for a majority of the game, but the Golden Gophers tied it with 4:59 to play in the third period and Sampo Ranta’s goal at 10:35 of the extra session won it for Minnesota.
No. 7 seed Michigan State will meet No. 2 seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena … The winner will move on to face either No. 3 seed Michigan or No. 6 seed Ohio State on Monday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Michigan State hockey and the last name Miller have been intertwined since the mid-1950’s. Stars such as Ryan, Drew, Kip, Butch, Dean, Kevin and Kelly and other members of the Miller family have shone bright for the Spartans over many decades. There is a new Miller on the MSU marquee, senior defenseman and captain Tommy Miller, but in a twist – he is not a familial relation to the other former players.
The Michigan State hockey team dropped a hard-fought regular season finale with No. 5 Wisconsin, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena. With the game tied 1-1 heading into the third period, Cole Caufield scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 12:11 to go.
No. 5 Wisconsin scored twice in each of the first two periods and defeated the Michigan State hockey team, 4-0, on Friday at Munn Ice Arena in what is the final series of the regular season.
Five weeks ago, Michigan State played two games at Wisconsin. The first one didn’t go so well. The Badgers dominated, 6-0. The second game was competitive and the Spartans were in it late in the third period. But a 1-1 tie turned into a 4-1 loss, ignited by an untimely penalty which led to two power-play goals. With No. 5-ranked Wisconsin coming to Munn Arena this weekend, Michigan State’s challenge is to find a way to play the offensively powerful Badgers like it did in the “competitive” game” on Jan. 30.
Michigan State hosts No. 5 Wisconsin in its last home series of the regular season. MSU enters the weekend in sixth place in the league standings (based on winning percentage) – .002 ahead of Ohio State, while Wisconsin is in second place.
Notre Dame scored a pair of power-play goals and defeated the Michigan State hockey team 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena. Goaltender Drew DeRidder stopped 32 shots for Michigan State, while Notre Dame’s Dylan St. Cyr made 29 stops for the shutout.
Notre Dame scored once in the second period, added another in the third and topped the Michigan State hockey team, 2-0, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in the first of a two-game series between the teams.
In some ways, Michigan State would probably rather play Notre Dame this weekend at Notre Dame instead of Munn Arena. First, the Spartans had one of their best series at Notre Dame just over two months ago. They tied 1-1 and won 3-2 in overtime. The only negative was losing the shootout in the opener. Second, the Irish, for whatever reasons, have a heck of a time winning at home this year and have done remarkably well on enemy ice.
Michigan State will start is final home stand of the season this weekend when it hosts Notre Dame on Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.).
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Four first-period goals lifted No. 4 Minnesota past the Michigan State hockey team, 5-1, on Saturday night in Minneapolis.
Michigan State competed hard and battled right to the very end on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to upset No. 4-ranked Minnesota. The Golden Gophers, who are in first place in the Big Ten, scored two goals 2 minutes and 32 seconds apart late in the second period to build a 2-0 lead, and went on to a 4-2 victory over the Spartans in the series opener at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.