Mitchell Lewandowski had a goal and two assists, and sophomore goalie Pierce Charleson mad e 50 saves to earn a 4-3 win on Saturday over Penn State in State College. The Spartans had four different goal scorers – in addition to Lewandowski, Jeremy Davidson had his team-leading eighth of the season and blueliner Dennis Cesana scored his fourth of the year. Sophomore centerman Kristoff Papp had his first collegiate tally, pushing his point total to eight on the season.
Michigan State senior defenseman Cole Krygier scored his third goal of the season late in the second period Spartan senior defenseman Christian Krygier, Cole’s twin brother, scored his first goal of the year early in the third period. The goals wiped out MSU’s two-goal deficit. But the Krygier brothers’ offensive onslaught wasn’t enough to lift the Spartans past Penn State on Friday night.
The Spartans (8-6-1, 3-4-0 Big Ten) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to knot the score early in the third period. The home team scored its second power-play marker of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, a score by Conner MacEachern which stood as the game-winner for the Nittany Lions (10-6-0, 2-5-0 B1G). Penn State got an empty netter as time expired for the final 4-2 margin..
Drew DeRidder may or may not be the best goaltender in the Big Ten. But the Michigan State senior is most certainly playing as well as anyone. He’s facing lots of shots, making lots of saves – many spectacular – and helping his team win games.
Michigan State returns to the ice after an idle Thanksgiving weekend and has the first of two straight road trips, heading to State College for a two-game set with Penn State.
Head coach Danton Cole has announced the first three players of the class which will enroll at Michigan State in the fall of 2022 and become a part of the Spartan hockey program. The newest committed Spartans include defensemen Matt Basgall (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Daniel Russell (Williamsburg, Mich.), and forward Tiernan Shoudy (St. Clair, Mich.).
Michigan State swept visiting Wisconsin with a 5-2 victory on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena, on the strength of a 48-save performance from Drew DeRidder and a three-point night from sophomore Jeremy Davidson. The Spartans have now won four straight games, sweeping a home-and-home with Ferris State last weekend and earning their first Big Ten sweep since 2019 this weekend over the Badgers
Erik Middendorf has brought a much-needed touch to Michigan State’s offense. Middendorf’s first three goals of the season were game winners. On Friday night, the junior left wing added another game-winning goal.
Michigan State earned a 3-2 victory over visiting Wisconsin on Friday behind a 40-save performance by Drew DeRidder and a pair of goals by Erik Middendorf. The Spartans are now 7-5-1 and 2-3-0 in Big Ten play, and Wisconsin falls to 4-9-0, and 2-5-1 in Conference action.
When Mitchell Lewandowski is in the lineup this season, Michigan State’s record is 5-1-1. When the fifth-year senior is out of the lineup, the Spartans are 1-4-0. A coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. For sure, Michigan State is a more dangerous hockey team with Lewandowski taking a regular shift. After missing five games with an injury suffered on Oct. 22 at UMass Lowell, Lewandowski was back in action last weekend against Ferris State. In the first game, at Munn Arena, he scored the winning goal late in the third period of MSU’s 2-0 victory.
Michigan State returns to Big Ten play this weekend when it hosts Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday. Both games in East Lansing will have a live webstream via B1G+, the Big Ten Network’s streaming system. Scott Moore and Rob Woodward will call the action on the Spartan Media Network.
Michigan State staged a dramatic comeback on the road on Saturday night, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to post a 4-3 victory over Ferris State. MSU scored three times in the third period and all four goals in the final 22 minutes of the game.
Senior Mitchell Lewandowski returned to the lineup after a five-game absence and scored the game-winning goal with just over six minutes remaining to help Michigan State to a 2-0 victory over visiting Ferris State on Thursday night at Munn Ice Arena.
Three weeks ago, Michigan State was riding high with a three-game winning streak. That was a fun stretch and smiles were plentiful. But things can change quickly in college hockey. The Spartans are now dealing with a three-game losing streak. That’s not fun and there are few smiles.
Michigan State takes a break from B1G play to engage in a home-and-home with in-state rival Ferris State. The teams will play on Thursday in East Lansing, and Saturday’s game in Big Rapids. Thursday’s game in East Lansing will have a live webstream via B1G+, the Big Ten Network’s streaming system.
Michigan State’s late comeback wasn’t enough, as it fell to No. 3 /4 Michigan, 3-2 on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans (4-5-2 1-3-0 B1G) welcomed a sellout crowd of 6,705 to the first home game against Michigan with fans since Feb. 14, 2020.
Michigan State suffered a 7-2 setback in Ann Arbor on Friday to No. 3 / 4 Michigan, as the Wolverines blew open a 4-2 game with three goals in the final 12 minutes of the third period.
There’s nothing like a weekend series against Michigan to bring out the emotion and intensity for Michigan State players. The buzz before practice, during practice and after practice just isn’t the same for any other Big Ten series. Five weeks into the season, it’s finally the first rivalry week, and the Spartans are eager for the challenge of taking on the highly touted No. 2/3 Wolverines. Other than a championship, nothing feels better than a victory over Michigan, and nothing feels worse than a defeat.
Rivalry week is on tap for Michigan State hockey this week, as it undertakes a home-and-home with archrival Michigan, which is ranked No. 3 in both national polls. Friday night’s game will air live on Big Ten Network and on the Fox Sports App. Jason Ross Jr and Fred Pletsch will call the game in Ann Arbor.
Game times for Michigan State’s upcoming hockey series against Michigan have been set. Both games on Nov. 5-6 will begin at 7:30 pm on their respective campuses.