It was frustrating. It was disappointing. When you play one of your best games of the season and end up losing and not getting the series sweep you were desperately seeking, it hurts. It hurts a lot. In one of the most exciting games of the season, and in front of a fired-up standing-room-only crowd of 6,586 at Munn Arena, Michigan State on Saturday came within a bounce or two of scoring a go-ahead goal late in the third period.
No. 19 Michigan State and No. 9 Penn State were even through 60 minutes on Saturday at a sold-out Munn Arena, but Connor McMenamin’s goal 39 seconds into overtime broke the tie and gave the Nittany Lions a 2-1 win. The Spartans (13-12-1, 9-6-1-0) outshot PSU 36-22 over the final two periods, including putting 19 on goal in final 20 minutes.
There were several key factors to Michigan State’s 4-2 victory over No. 9/9 Penn State on Friday night in front of 6,017 fans at Munn Arena. Here’s four: Senior center Patrick Khodorenko’s three goals – one in the first period, one in the second and one in the third, for his second career hat trick.
Patrick Khodorenko’s three-goal game pushed the No. 19 Michigan State hockey team past No. 9 Penn State, 4-2, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in front of a crowd of over 6,000 fans. Goaltender John Lethemon made 40 saves as the Spartans (13-11-1, 9-5-1) moved into first place in the Big Ten, two points ahead of Ohio State.
Danton Cole has experienced some great moments in hockey, playing for Michigan State’s national title team in 1986, and being a member of New Jersey’s Stanley Cup championship team in 1995. And, now Cole is thrilled to have his life come full circle and even happier since he has put the Spartans in a position to play for a Big Ten title and earn an NCAA Tournament spot in his third year as MSU’s head coach.
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On September 19, 2019, the Big Ten hockey coaches’ poll ranked the Michigan State Spartans to finish seventh, dead last in the division. Now, with 10 games remaining on the schedule, all against teams they have faced previously, the Spartans sit comfortably tied in second place with Penn State, five points ahead of fourth-place Notre Dame.
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Sam Saliba has always made an impact during his four seasons at Michigan State. This season – his senior year – he’s making even more of an impact, and he’s having a lot more fun. During his Spartan career, Saliba’s been a strong leader, a standout penalty killer and defensive forward, and this season he’s added to his repertoire with key contributions on offense.
No. 20 Michigan State plays its last series in the month of January by hosting No. 9/9 Penn State this weekend at Munn … The Spartans and Nittany Lions are tied for second place in the Big Ten with 25 points apiece, one point behind Ohio State.
John Lethemon was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday (January 21). It’s the fourth time this season Lethemon has been named one of the conference’s weekly stars, including his third First Star accolade. Lethemon earned his Big Ten leading fifth shutout of the season by making 39 saves in a 4-0 win over Wisconsin last Friday
Wisconsin broke a 1-1 tie with 2:08 to play and topped the No. 20 Michigan State hockey team, 3-1, on Saturday at the Kohl Center, erasing the Spartans’ bid for a regular-season sweep of the Badgers.
First-place Michigan State. John Lethemon, the Spartans’ senior goaltender, likes the sound of it. “It feels great. But we have a lot more work to do,” he said. For the second time in seven days, MSU on Friday had an opportunity to climb into first place in the Big Ten. Last Saturday, the Spartans fell short, losing to Minnesota. On Friday, thanks in a big part by the standout play of Lethemon, they won a game that lifted No. 20 Michigan State into the top spot in the Big Ten standings, one point ahead of Penn State.
John Lethemon made 39 saves and the 20th-ranked Michigan State hockey team scored three goals in the third period to top Wisconsin, 4-0, on Friday night at the Kohl Center. Lethemon’s shutout was his conference-leading fifth of the season, while Jerad Rosburg scored twice as MSU moved into first-place in the Big Ten, one point ahead of Penn State.
Without question, Michigan State is the most improved team in the Big Ten this season, and one of the most improved in the nation. The Spartans were picked to finish seventh (last) in the conference in the 2019-20 Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Wisconsin was picked third, behind Penn State and Notre Dame, and started the season ranked No. 16 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Poll.
Danton Cole and his Spartan hockey team find themselves in a position not many people thought they would be in as the second semester gets underway. The No. 20 Spartans are in a position where if they finish the season strong, they could find themselves in the 16-team NCAA tournament with a shot to play in the Frozen Four in Detroit. This is shocking after losing Taro Hirose and Zach Osburn last year and playing one of the hardest schedules in Division I hockey.
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The 20th-ranked Spartans start the second half of the Big Ten schedule by visiting Wisconsin on Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU) and Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (FS Wisconsin Plus) … Michigan State and Wisconsin squared off at Munn last month (Dec. 7-8), with the Spartans winning both games, 3-0 and 5-4 (OT).
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The 20th-ranked Michigan State hockey team fell just short in its bid for a sweep of Minnesota as the Gophers topped the Spartans, 2-0, on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. Scott Reedy’s goal 1:40 into the first period stood as the difference in the game, while the Gophers added an empty-net goal with 1:28 to go.
It took a few minutes into the first period for Michigan State to get its game together. And when the Spartans did, they took it to Minnesota and scored as many goals – three – as the Gophers had shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes. Michigan State also dominated the second period, and pretty much put the game away with a goal at 10:57 to take a 4-0 lead.
The 20th-ranked Michigan State Spartans scored three goals in the first period and went on to defeat Minnesota, 4-1, on Friday night before a sellout crowd of 6,346 at Munn Ice Arena. Patrick Khodorenko had a goal and two assists to lead MSU, while Mitchell Lewandowski had a goal and an assist.
Cole took over at his alma mater before the start of the 2017-18 season and is gradually building the Spartans back to contention after being the Big Ten’s cellar-dweller for each of the previous three seasons. Some would call Michigan State the conference’s surprise team thus far. Granted, the Spartans sit one game above .500 at 10-9-1, but the PairWise rankings have them 16th, meaning a strong second half could put them in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012.
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