The first time Michigan State and Michigan played in November, it was all about the rivalry. The last time the Spartans and Wolverines got together, which was three weeks ago, it was about positioning in the Big Ten standings, and, of course, with the rivalry still there simmering as a subplot. This weekend, MSU and U-M are playing for the 5th and 6th times – and maybe even a 7th – this season. And the stakes are so much higher.
The sixth-seeded Spartans will travel to Ann Arbor to face No. 2 seed Michigan in a best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. MSU went 2-2 against Michigan this season … Over the last four seasons, the Spartans are 3-2-1 at Yost … This season will mark the first postseason matchup between MSU and UM since the 2015 Big Ten Tournament semifinal at Joe Louis Arena (L, 4-1).
Michigan State came within three minutes of spoiling Notre Dame’s Senior Night. But then the Irish spoiled the Spartans’ night and their quest for a season-ending victory, Big Ten series sweep and a possible home playoff berth.
The Michigan State hockey team played Notre Dame to a 2-2 tie on Saturday in South Bend in the final game of the regular season. Notre Dame picked up the extra point in the standings, winning the shootout in one round. In finishing the regular season with 35 points, the sixth-place Spartans (15-17-2, 11-11-2-0) will take on third-seeded Michigan next weekend in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
It may not have been Michigan State’s best game of the season. But it was, without question, the Spartans’ most complete game this month. MSU combined good execution, secondary scoring, responsible defense, sharp goaltending and clutch penalty killing and weaved it into a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame on Friday night, witnessed by a sellout crowd of 5,265 at Compton Family Arena.
Two second-period goals broke a 1-1 tie to help the Michigan State hockey team top Notre Dame, 3-1, on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Logan Lambdin had a goal and assist while goaltender John Lethemon made 40 saves for Michigan State (15-17-1, 11-11-1-0).
Michigan State skates into this week’s regular-season ending series at Notre Dame in sixth place in the Big Ten. But despite their four-game losing streak, the Spartans are hoping after Saturday’s game, they’ll be sitting in third or fourth place and with the reward of earning home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs.
The Spartans head to Notre Dame to wrap-up the regular season on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.). The Spartans enter the final weekend of the regular season in sixth place – two points in back of fifth-place Michigan (33 points), four in back of fourth-place Notre Dame (35) and six behind Minnesota (37) and Ohio State (37), who are tied for second place … Penn State is currently in first place (41 points) and has completed its regular season schedule.
John Lethemon is enjoying his best season in goal for the Michigan State hockey program, and it’s no coincidence that the team is also riding the success of its senior leader. The Spartans enter the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to host a first-round Big Ten Tournament series. It’s a veteran-led team that is finally seeing the fruits of their labor.
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Things were looking good for Michigan State as the clock ticked down late in the third period. Leading 2-1, the Spartans were playing good defense and battling hard in an effort to send the seniors out with a victory on Senior Night on Saturday at Munn Arena. But a couple of mistakes turned into Ohio State goals, and just like that – within 1 minute and 28 seconds – Michigan State was behind 3-2.
The Michigan State hockey team dropped its regular season home finale on Saturday at a sold-out Munn Ice Arena. No. 12 Ohio State scored three goals over the final 4:49, including an empty-netter, to erase the Spartan lead and win 4-2. Patrick Khodorenko scored and had an assist to lead MSU.
The Michigan State hockey team fell to No. 12 Ohio State, 1-0, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 6,376. The Buckeyes (17-10-1, 11-9-1-0) struck early in the second period for what proved to be the only goal of game.
The Michigan State Spartans (14-15-1, 10-9-1) will look to end their recent skid as they host the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10-4, 9-8-3). The Spartans have lost four of their last five, including being swept by the Michigan Wolverines, losing 5-1 in East Lansing and 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena.
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You might have heard of Cassius Winston, the Big Ten’s all-time leader in assists and Michigan State’s relentless point guard. You might have heard of Elijah Collins, who burst onto the scene as the Spartan’s lead running back as a redshirt freshman this past season. And if you’re following the success of the MSU hockey team this year, you’ve definitely heard of Tommy Apap, an integral player and captain of the team.
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First, it was Penn State. A crucial home series for Michigan State. The end result: a split. Then it was a week off in early February, followed by very important series for the Spartans at Minnesota. The end result: another split. Last weekend, it was a rivalry series with Michigan with more on the line than bragging rights. A split would have been nice, but MSU suffered two losses – 5-1 at Munn Arena and 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena. And now? Perhaps you guessed it. Another crucial two-game Big Ten series against Ohio State.
Michigan State hosts No. 12/12 Ohio State on Friday and Saturday in its final regular-season home series … Both teams are tied for fourth place with 31 points – two behind third-place Michigan and two ahead of sixth-place Notre Dame.
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The Michigan State hockey team fell to Michigan, 4-1, on Monday night in the annual Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena. The Wolverines (15-12-3, 10-8-2-1) scored twice in the first period and then added a goal early in each of the next two periods.
Michigan State completes its regular season series with Michigan on Monday night with the annual Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena … MSU is 1-1 at Little Caesars Arena this season (L, 4-2 vs. Michigan Tech; W, 5-2 vs. Ferris State).