If Michigan State could have erased the proceedings of the second period on Saturday, it could have been a good afternoon for the Spartans at Penn State’s Pegula Arena. But they couldn’t and it wasn’t. So, MSU’s quest to salvage a Big Ten series split against the Nittany Lions came up short in University Park, Pa.
Penn State broke a 1-1 tie with two second-period goals and went on to defeat the Michigan State hockey team 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena.
Alex Limoges’ goal 30 seconds into overtime gave Penn State a 3-2 win over the Michigan State hockey team on Friday at Pegula Ice Arena. Josh Nodler and Mitchell Lewandowski scored for the Spartans.
Over the next two weekends, Michigan State will compete against two teams it has already played – splitting both series – and battling for position in the Big Ten standings. What the Spartans need in the upcoming weeks to move up in the conference race is to put together a sweep or two. For sure, easier said than done.
Less than two weeks after meeting in East Lansing, Michigan State and Penn State complete their season series this Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.) in University Park, Pa. … MSU and Penn State split the previous series in East Lansing and are 5-5 against each other over the last 10 meetings.
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The Michigan State hockey team erased a 2-1 deficit with two goals in the final 2:01 of the third period to defeat No. 9 Michigan, 3-2, on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. Cole Krygier tied the game with 2:01 to go, while Josh Nodler’s one-timer with 37 seconds to play gave MSU the lead for good.
With their worst game of the season in the books and lingering in their minds, the challenge for Michigan State’s players on Saturday is redemption. Embarrassed and frustrated by Friday’s 9-0 loss to Michigan at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, the Spartans should be determined to raise the level of their game in all areas, and at least get a split in the Big Ten series against the No. 9 Wolverines.
The Michigan State hockey team dropped the first of a two-game series with No. 9 Michigan on Friday night in Ann Arbor, 9-0. Michigan (6-5, 4-5-0-1-0-0) scored three goals in the opening period, the first of which came at the 5:08 mark when Thomas Bordeleau was able to get open in front and slide the puck under the pads of Drew DeRidder.
Michigan State has done some positive things during its first 10 games this season. And, of course, there are a few areas the Spartans would like to have done better. And it’s the same with Michigan. The Wolverines, arguably with the best freshman class in college hockey, got off to an impressive start and locked in a high ranking in the polls. But U-M has had its issues, too, and has lost three games in a row.
The Spartans and Wolverines renew college hockey’s most-played rivalry with a home-and-home series this weekend. The two teams will meet on Friday in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m., then Saturday in East Lansing at 4:30 p.m. Friday’s game will be on BTN+ and Saturday’s game will broadcast on The Big Ten Network.
Michigan State junior goaltender Drew DeRidder has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday (Jan. 6). It’s the third weekly conference honor for DeRidder this season and second straight first star recognition.
Jagger Joshua, Gianluca Esteves, and Brody Stevens went into Monday afternoon’s game against Penn State with no goals listed on their stat line. In fact, none of the three Michigan State forwards had any points. But all three ended the game smiling, knowing they played a role in a 5-1 victory over the Nittany Lions, helping the Spartans to a Big Ten series split at Munn Arena.
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Jagger Joshua scored his first two goals of the season and Drew DeRidder made 36 saves as the Michigan State hockey team beat Penn State, 5-1, in a matinee game on Monday at Munn Ice Arena. Gianluca Esteves and Brody Stevens also scored their first goals of the season, while Mitchell Lewandowski added an empty-netter in the final minutes.
Penn State topped the Michigan State hockey team, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena in the first of a two-game series. Sam Sternschein’s goal with 2:56 to go in the first period stood as the difference.
The Christmas break was brief for Michigan State players, coaches and staff. It lasted about a week, and now it’s back to work for the Spartans who are about to embark on a busy stretch – four games in seven days starting on Sunday against Penn State.
Michigan State begins the new calendar year by hosting Penn State on Sunday and Monday at Munn Ice Arena. The two-game set will be the first of 10 contests for the Spartans during the first month of the new year. It’s the first time the Spartans will play 10 games in the month of January since the 2005-06 season.
A trio of Spartans swept this week’s Big Ten Stars of the week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Goaltender Drew DeRidder was named the first star; defenseman Tommy Miller was named the second star; and forward Tommy Apap was selected as the third star.