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Gianluca Esteves’ breakaway goal with 3:12 to go snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Michigan State hockey team past the USNTDP U-18 team, 2-1, in an exhibition game on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Drew DeRidder (14 saves) and John Lethemon (13 saves) combined for 27 stops in goal to help the Spartans to the win.
Patrick Khodorenko is a veteran of exhibition games matching Michigan State and the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team. The Spartans’ senior center has been on both sides of it, playing in this game for the last four seasons. He’s won three times with MSU and lost once with the U-18s.
“I always wanted to play for him and I always dreamed about kissing the Sparty on Senior Night and all of that stuff,” Steven Izzo said. “When I talked to him he said he’d gladly take me in. He would help me out with that if I did my job in school and on the basketball court. If I did everything I needed to do and worked hard that I would have a spot, so it all worked out.”
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The Spartans started the 2019-20 regular season last weekend with a series split at Northern Michigan and will face the USNTDP U-18 team in its last exhibition game on Friday at Munn.
The fact Taro Hirose returns to his hometown of Calgary on Thursday as an NHL player is somewhat mind-blowing to him. Hirose was an undrafted player. He spent all four years at Michigan State, improving, tirelessly getting better at his craft. When Hirose skates onto the Scotiabank Saddledome ice as a member of the Red Wings, it’ll be a dream come true and also, an affirmation for all the work he put in.
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The Michigan State hockey team’s bid to sweep Northern Michigan in the season-opening series fell short on Saturday as the Wildcats held off the Spartans, 2-0. Northern Michigan scored on the power play with 7:32 to play in the first period and the goal stood as the game-winner.
The Michigan State hockey team won its season opener on Friday night, topping Northern Michigan, 5-3, at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. Tommy Apap scored two goals, while Brody Stevens added a goal and an assist to lead MSU. John Lethemon made 28 saves, including 13 in the third period.
Michigan State hockey is back in action, and the team now prepares for its season-opening series this weekend at Northern Michigan University. The roster doesn’t vary a whole lot from last year’s, but there are definitely some voids after losing four outstanding athletes over the offseason.
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Michigan State started last season on positive note with a 4-2 victory over Northern Michigan at Munn Arena. On Friday night, the Spartans will try to do it again against the Wildcats, only this time in a different setting – the Berry Events Center at NMU. After more than a month of practices, MSU players and coaches are eager for the regular season to begin. The Spartans open the 2019-20 season with a non-conference series against Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.
Scott, Rob, and Danton preview the season opening series at Northern Michigan.
Michigan State begins its 79th season this weekend when the Spartans travel to Northern Michigan to meet the Wildcats on Friday and Saturday.
Every area of Michigan State’s game got tested on Monday in an exhibition game against Western Ontario. And in most cases, the Spartans got high grades for their efforts on offense, defense, with goaltending and on special teams. Michigan State scored three power-play goals and fired 55 shots on goal en route to a 6-1 victory over the Mustangs in front of a crowd of 2,500 at Munn Arena.
The Michigan State hockey team exploded for six goals in a 6-1 exhibition win over Western Ontario on Monday night at Munn Ice Arena.
Michigan State hockey can’t wait to say goodbye to this decade, with the program making just one NCAA tournament appearance and two winning seasons – the last one coming in 2014-15 with a 17-16-2 record.
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The Big Ten Conference announced its television schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season on Friday, Oct. 4. Additionally, a majority of game times for the upcoming season have also been announced. The Spartans will have as many as 13 games televised this season, with the first appearance coming on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Michigan on BTN.
The Michigan State hockey program hosted its annual media day and Green-White scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena.
On September 7, Michigan State held a groundbreaking ceremony for Munn Ice Arena’s expansion project. Captain Sam Saliba addressed the crowd, saying the new facilities would benefit the team. But he also said it demonstrates the program’s positive future.Most of all, it lifts the spirits of everyone around the program.
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The Big Ten released its Preseason All-Big Ten teams on Monday, which included four Spartans. Junior forward Mitchell Lewandowski and sophomore defenseman Dennis Cesana were both voted by the league’s coaches to the second team, while senior forward Patrick Khodorenko and senior defenseman Jerad Rosburg earned honorable mention.
Former Spartan standout Jim Slater has been named the program’s volunteer assistant coach, head coach Danton Cole announced on Tuesday (September 3). Slater replaces Jason Muzzatti, who recently joined the Carolina Hurricanes as the club’s goaltending coach.
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