No. 4/1 Minnesota came into Munn Ice Arena on Friday and handed MSU a 5-0 loss, dropping the No. 13/11 Spartans to 11-5-1 on the season (5-3-1 B1G). The game was a battle of the top two teams in the early Big Ten standings, and the Gophers got a goal in each of the first two periods, and turned a tight game into some breathing room with a trio of insurance tallies in the final eigyt minutes of the third period.
Michigan State hockey implemented a “Spartan Hockey Strong” campaign throughout the month of November that put a spotlight on cancer awareness and gave the community and the program an opportunity to honor those who have been impacted by the disease.
The national championship run back in 2007 was just a distant memory and the program had hit a bit of a lull at the end of the Danton Cole era. Change was needed for sure and those who follow hockey knew just how difficult the road ahead would be to tear down and rebuild the program into a contender. Enter, Nightingale.
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No. 13/11 Michigan State returns to conference play with a series against No. 4/1 Minnesota. It’s a battle for an early lead in the Big Ten race, as MSU sits one point behind the first-place Gophers in the Big Ten standings entering the weekend. The Golden Gophers hold a commanding lead in the all-time series between the teams, (129-50-16), and the Spartans are 30-51-8 in games between the two Big Ten rivals in East Lansing. Bob Motzko is in his fourth season as the head coach in the twin cities, and has guided his charges to a 11-5-0 record this season.
Michigan State had two players honored with Big Ten Three Stars honors this week – graduate student Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) and freshman Karsen Dorwart (Sherwood, Ore.). St. Cyr earned the First Star honors for the second time this season. He made 69 saves on 72 shots against in a weekend sweep of Miami, including 39 saves in a 4-0 shutout in the series finale. Dorwart recorded his first career hat trick in the Saturday shutout at Miami, and is now the team’s goal scoring leader (7).
Michigan State hockey is on the rise again in the USCHO poll, jumping up three spots from last week to No. 13. MSU also moved up to No. 7 in this latest Men’s Division I PairWise Rankings. Over the holiday weekend, the Spartans traveled to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami, leaving with its fourth sweep of the season and a 11-4-1 record overall.
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Freshman Karsen Dorwart had a natural hat trick and goaltender Dylan St. Cyr had 39 saves as the No. 16/16 Michigan State hockey team scored a 4-0 win at Miami on Saturday to complete a non-conference weekend sweep. The Spartans (11-4-1) had their fourth weekend sweep of the season and pull within one win of their 2021-22 total of 12 victories.
Michigan State earned a 5-3 victory at Miami on Friday night to open the two-game non-conference series. MSU improves to 10-4-1 overall, while Miami falls to 5-8-2. Jeremy Davidson had a four-point effort – his highest offensive output of the season – and was joined by linemates Miroslav Mucha (1g, 2a) and Nicolas Muller (2a) as multiple-point scorers on the night. Dylan St. Cyr had 30 saves for the Spartans, who have won six of their last seven games.
MSU tangles with Miami for the second straight season after a seven-year hiatus in the series. The former CCHA-mates played last October in East Lansing, with the Spartans earning a 3-1, 2-1 sweep. The all-time series tips in favor of Michigan State, which leads 71-34-6. The Spartans own a 29-16-3 mark in Oxford. Miami assistant coach Zach Cisek is a Spartan alumnus and was a goaltender for MSU from 2013-15. He is in his first season at Miami after previously coaching at Lake Superior State, where he coached MSU captain Miroslav Mucha (2019-22).
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith issued a statement late Tuesday night containing a formal apology and an update on senior forward Kamil Sadlocha, who “is returning home and will not participate or compete at this time.” The announcement comes one day after Michigan State senior forward Jagger Joshua took to social media to share that an OSU player, who has now been identified as Sadlocha, directed racial slurs at him multiple times in a Nov. 11 game at Munn Ice Arena.
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Ohio State issued a new response to allegations made by Michigan State hockey forward Jagger Joshua on Monday that a Buckeyes men’s hockey player directed a racial slur at him “multiple times” during a Nov. 11 game in East Lansing, Michigan. Gene Smith, OSU athletic director, released a statement late Tuesday that was more conciliatory, apologetic and forceful than the one the university released late Monday within hours of Joshua’s statement on Twitter.
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Michigan State freshman Karsen Dorwart (Sherwood, Oregon) has been named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Tuesday. Dorwart had a pair of goals and two assists in MSU’s split at No. 6 Penn State last weekend. Dorwart had an assist in Friday’s game, and then recorded his first multiple-goal game on Saturday.
Michigan State men’s ice hockey senior left wing Jagger Joshua is speaking out today regarding an incident between him and an Ohio State player on Nov. 11. Joshua claims that the OSU player used racial slurs toward him “multiple times.”
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Michigan State earned a split in the series at No. 6/6 Penn State on Saturday, skating to a convincing 7-3 victory over the Nittany Lions. The Spartans now have 17 points in the Big Ten race with their 5-2-1 record in conference play, matching its points total from 2021-22 (17) and bettering the 15 points it had in the COVID-shortened 2020-21 campaign.
Penn State came from behind with a pair of third-period goals to earn a win over No. 17/18 Michigan State (8-4-1, 4-2-1 B1G) on Friday night in State College. The No. 6 Nittany Lions, trailing 3-2 after two periods, scored twice in the final six minutes to flip the script on the upstart Spartans, who held one-goal leads in each intermission.
What’s behind Michigan State’s success and what does it mean for the program’s future? Let’s get one thing straight first: Michigan State is good. I wouldn’t use the term “elite” or “great” to define MSU just yet. Every year, both Michigan and Minnesota are able to attract high-level, star players and somehow convince them to stay in college prior to signing with the NHL teams that drafted them.
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No. 17/18 Michigan State heads out on the road for a B1G series at No. 6/6 Penn State. MSU trails the all-time series with the Nittany Lions by a 14-20-4 margin, and the Nittany Lions are 11-4-3 against the Spartans at Pegula Ice Arena. The teams split each series last season, with the PSU winning the first night and MSU taking a victory in the second.
Senior centerman Nicolas Müller (Arisdorf, Switzerland) is the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Tuesday. Müller had two goals and two assists in the Spartans’ sweep of No. 10/11 Ohio State last weekend. In the first game of the series, Müller had an assist on Matt Basgall’s power-play goal in a 4-2 Spartan victory, and then had two goals and an assist in the series clincher on Friday, a 4-3 win.