Michigan State senior goaltender John Lethemon has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, it was announced Tuesday, March 24 by Let’s Play Hockey. The seventh annual award that honors the top collegiate goaltender will be announced April 10. The five finalists will be announced Monday, March 30.
Even though he is playing basketball in Germany right now, former Michigan State basketball star Matt McQuaid knows that it was one year ago today (March 17) the Spartans beat Michigan, 65-60, for the Big Ten Tournament Championship.
Michigan State senior forward Patrick Khodorenko has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on an entry-level contract, the club announced on Tuesday (March 10). Khodorenko’s contract begins in 2020-21, and he will join the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) immediately on an Amateur Try-Out (ATO).
Satchmo and DB look back at how Michigan State won its third-straight Big Ten basketball championship. And then they discuss what they’d like to see out of MSU in the B1G conference tournament and seed possibilities in the NCAA tournament. They also talk about Spartan hockey, women’s hoops and how the coronavirus could impact sports.
Michigan State redshirt senior defenseman Jerad Rosburg has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars, the club announced on Monday (March 9). Rosburg will report to the Texas Stars, the club’s top affiliate in the American Hockey League. Rosburg, a finance major, appeared in 141 games during his four seasons wearing the Green and White and compiled 55 points (12g, 43a) – the most by a Spartan defenseman since Torey Krug (2009-12).
Michigan State was determined to get off to a better start on Saturday against Michigan than it did on Friday. Mission accomplished. The Spartans had a solid first period, played with good tempo and created some dangerous scoring chances. They didn’t score but came away tied 0-0 after 20 minutes. MSU was also determined to put some pucks behind U-M goalie Strauss Mann. Mission not accomplished.
The Michigan State hockey team’s 2019-20 season came to an end on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Michigan in game two of the best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines broke a 0-0 tie with two goals in the second period and added an empty-netter in the final minute of the game.
The Michigan State hockey team fell to Michigan on Friday, 3-0, in the opening game of the best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series between the teams in Ann Arbor. Michigan sandwiched a pair of power-play goals – one in each of the first two periods – around an early goal in the second to take a 1-0 series lead.
Spartans and Wolverines face off in opening round of the Big Ten tournament. As the dust settles at the end of a chaotic logjam in Big Ten hockey, the tournament seedings open a new chapter in hockey’s most-played rivalry.
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The first time Michigan State and Michigan played in November, it was all about the rivalry. The last time the Spartans and Wolverines got together, which was three weeks ago, it was about positioning in the Big Ten standings, and, of course, with the rivalry still there simmering as a subplot. This weekend, MSU and U-M are playing for the 5th and 6th times – and maybe even a 7th – this season. And the stakes are so much higher.
The sixth-seeded Spartans will travel to Ann Arbor to face No. 2 seed Michigan in a best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. MSU went 2-2 against Michigan this season … Over the last four seasons, the Spartans are 3-2-1 at Yost … This season will mark the first postseason matchup between MSU and UM since the 2015 Big Ten Tournament semifinal at Joe Louis Arena (L, 4-1).
Michigan State came within three minutes of spoiling Notre Dame’s Senior Night. But then the Irish spoiled the Spartans’ night and their quest for a season-ending victory, Big Ten series sweep and a possible home playoff berth.
The Michigan State hockey team played Notre Dame to a 2-2 tie on Saturday in South Bend in the final game of the regular season. Notre Dame picked up the extra point in the standings, winning the shootout in one round. In finishing the regular season with 35 points, the sixth-place Spartans (15-17-2, 11-11-2-0) will take on third-seeded Michigan next weekend in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
It may not have been Michigan State’s best game of the season. But it was, without question, the Spartans’ most complete game this month. MSU combined good execution, secondary scoring, responsible defense, sharp goaltending and clutch penalty killing and weaved it into a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame on Friday night, witnessed by a sellout crowd of 5,265 at Compton Family Arena.
Two second-period goals broke a 1-1 tie to help the Michigan State hockey team top Notre Dame, 3-1, on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Logan Lambdin had a goal and assist while goaltender John Lethemon made 40 saves for Michigan State (15-17-1, 11-11-1-0).
Michigan State skates into this week’s regular-season ending series at Notre Dame in sixth place in the Big Ten. But despite their four-game losing streak, the Spartans are hoping after Saturday’s game, they’ll be sitting in third or fourth place and with the reward of earning home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs.
The Spartans head to Notre Dame to wrap-up the regular season on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.). The Spartans enter the final weekend of the regular season in sixth place – two points in back of fifth-place Michigan (33 points), four in back of fourth-place Notre Dame (35) and six behind Minnesota (37) and Ohio State (37), who are tied for second place … Penn State is currently in first place (41 points) and has completed its regular season schedule.
John Lethemon is enjoying his best season in goal for the Michigan State hockey program, and it’s no coincidence that the team is also riding the success of its senior leader. The Spartans enter the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to host a first-round Big Ten Tournament series. It’s a veteran-led team that is finally seeing the fruits of their labor.
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Things were looking good for Michigan State as the clock ticked down late in the third period. Leading 2-1, the Spartans were playing good defense and battling hard in an effort to send the seniors out with a victory on Senior Night on Saturday at Munn Arena. But a couple of mistakes turned into Ohio State goals, and just like that – within 1 minute and 28 seconds – Michigan State was behind 3-2.