When Adam Nightingale was introduced as Michigan State’s new hockey coach, he immediately set lofty expectations. Those were to get the Spartans back on top as a national power. Less than two years later, he’s on track. Michigan State, which has a storied history and a trio of national championships but struggled under its previous two coaches, is surging in season two of the Nightingale era, ranked in the top 10 and in first place in the Big Ten standings.
Michigan State enters its rivalry week against Michigan. This is the most-played (and perhaps most passionate) rivalry in college hockey – the teams will play games 343 and 344 this weekend. The Wolverines own a 179-139-24 edge in the series all-time. The Spartans own a 70-55-12 mark in games contested in East Lansing, and are 47-85-5 in Ann Arbor. Three of the four games played between the rivals last season were one-goal affairs. MSU won 2-1 at home, Michigan had 2-1 and 4-2 wins at Yost, and Michigan won a 4-3 affair at LCA with 0.6 seconds remaining in OT.
Michigan State freshman defenseman Artyom Levshunov (Zhlobin, Belarus) has been named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. The freshman standout has made a case to be the Big Ten’s Rookie of the Year
How do you move past one of the worst games of your five-year college basketball career? Michigan State’s Malik Hall had to make that decision a week ago. And at the advice of Spartans video coordinator Austin Thornton, he opted to quickly move on instead of overanalyzing what had happened.“It’s one of those you burn the tape,” Hall said. “You look at it like, you worry about the next one.”
Paced by a four-point effort by freshman defenseman Artyom Levshunov, No 8/8 Michigan State completed the weekend sweep of No. 20/19 Penn State on Saturday, skating away with a 7-3 Saturday victory. The Spartans, now 15-4-3 overall and 9-1-2 in Big Ten play, have retaken the lead in the Big Ten Conference standings (31 points)
Michigan State got a 31-save shutout from freshman netminder Trey Augustine and a two-goal effort from sophomore Joey Larson as the Spartans downed No. 20/19 Penn State at Pegula Ice Arena on Friday. The Spartans (14-4-3, 8-1-2 B1G) moved within two points of league-leading Wisconsin
With a stellar first half of the season, as well as coming off of an exhibition win against the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), the Spartans are headed down to Penn State for their final game against the Nittany Lions in the regular season. The Spartans finally have four of their star players — Trey Augustine, Isaac Howard, Tommi Mannisto and Maxim Strbak — back on the team after they played in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Juniors Tournament; the team is at full strength and ready to play.
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Michigan State hockey players capped an impressive run at the 2024 World Junior Championships. Freshman netminder Trey Augustine (South Lyon, Mich.) and sophomore forward Isaac Howard (Hudson, Wis.) each earned gold medals with Team USA. Freshman forward Tommi Männistö (Riihimäki, Finland) and Maxim Štrbák (Košice, Slovakia) each were named to their nation’s top three players list at the conclusion of the championship.
Michigan State officially opens the 2024 portion of its schedule with a series on the road at No. 20/19 Penn State. MSU trails in the all-time series by a 17-21-6 margin, but is currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak against PSU, its longest in series history. The two teams met back in November in East Lansing, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the first game to forge a 3-3 tie (and win the shootout), before the Spartans rebounded with a 5-3 Saturday victory.
No 8/7 Michigan State skated to a 5-2 exhibition victory over the US National Team Development Program on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans got five goals from five different players – but freshmen defensemen Austin Oravetz (goal, assist) and Artyom Levshunov (two assists) had multiple-point games.
Michigan State welcomes the US National Team Development Program U-18 team to Munn Ice Arena for an exhibition contest. MSU is coming off a win and a tie at the Great Lakes Invitational, losing the title to Michigan Tech in a shootout after a 3-3 tie, and a 4-1 semifinal win over Ferris State. MSU has compiled a 13-4-3 record through the 2023 portion of its schedule.
No 7/7 Michigan State skated to a 3-3 tie in the finals of the 57th annual Great Lakes Invitational Tournament on Friday evening. While the results of the game go into the record books as a tie, Michigan Tech earns the GLI title with a 1-0 win in the shootout.
No 7/7 Michigan State earned a spot in the Great Lakes Invitational final with a 4-1 win over Ferris State on Thursday night at Van Andel Arena. MSU, the owner of 12 Great Lakes Invitational titles all-time, will make its first GLI finals appearance since 2014 and will be in search of its first crown since 2009.
The holiday season is in full swing, and with that means time for arguably the second greatest hockey tournament of the year. One of the benchmarks for how well a college hockey team is doing is how many players get invited to represent their country in world juniors.
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One of the most historic tournaments in college hockey is set to return to West Michigan this week, as four teams are ready to battle it out in the 57th annual Great Lakes Invitational. This will be the second year in a row the post-holiday tournament will be held at Van Andel Arena, with Western Michigan winning it all in historic fashion last year.
Michigan State will participate in the 57th annual Great Lakes Invitational this week, and is in search of its 13th all-time title. This will be MSU’s 47th tournament after becoming a mainstay in 1979. MSU is 49-41-4 all-time in the GLI, which includes 12 titles (its most recent in 2009). MSU and Michigan Tech are tied for second-most GLI victories all-time, with Michigan (59) holding the record. MSU takes on Ferris State in the semifinals on Thursday, the second straight season the Spartans and Bulldogs meet in the first round.
Daniel Russell and Karsen Dorwart are sophomore forwards for Michigan State hockey, but they aren’t just teammates. They are roommates, with the pair forming a strong bond off the ice, which they believe has been a driving force in their success.
Tiernan Shoudy remembers his first collegiate goal well. It was set up by his good friend, and now linemate, Tanner Kelly. Shoudy, a Michigan State sophomore forward, remembers joining a rush up the ice last season with Kelly and thinking he messed up by not supporting the puck. But Kelly made the smart play, moving toward Shoudy before delivering a perfect pass that Shoudy converted low to the glove side of the goalie.“I’ll always remember that,” Shoudy said. “It really was all Tanner, with the pass and then he made a really good read to get it to me.”
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Chasing success in hockey matters a lot to Michigan State forward Nicolas Müller. His love for the sport has taken him from his home of Arisdorf, Switzerland, to Sweden, and now to East Lansing. Müller, a fifth-year senior and a team alternate captain, had the opportunity to play for MSU for another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an easy decision after leading the Spartans in points last season.
Michigan State hockey graduate student Reed Lebster clearly knows what it means to be a Spartan and the school’s traditions. The university is a major part of his family’s legacy, as his parents, grandparents and a brother all attended MSU. His two cousins, Genevieve and Stephanie Lebster, are currently on the MSU gymnastics team. His assimilation to MSU came recently, as the right winger joined the Spartan hockey program after four seasons at Massachusetts. Lebster, a native of Grand Rapids, decided he needed to transfer closer to home for several reasons.