No. 15 Michigan State fought back within a goal after a first period three-goal deficit but fell to No. 5 Michigan 4-2 as the Wolverines iced the game late with an empty net tally.
Michigan State freshman forward Karsen Dorwart (Sherwood, Oregon) has been named to the watch list for the Tim Taylor Award, given annual to college hockey’s top rookie. A total of 27 first-year players was announced today by the Hockey Commissioners Association.
Michigan State graduate student goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) is the Big Ten First Star of the Week after stopping 65 of 67 shots last weekend against Notre Dame. St. Cyr earned his fourth Big Ten Star honor of the year, his third time as the First Star (he was the Third Star of the Week after the MSU-Michigan series in December). It is the most individual star honors for a single player since John Lethemon earned them four times in 2019-20.
Michigan State hockey (15-13-2, 9-9-2 Big Ten) has bounced around the USCHO.com top 20 quite a bit since entering the poll on Nov. 14, most recently rising two spots to No. 15 following a sweep of Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish held the No. 20 spot last week but have since dropped out of the poll after suffering 3-0 and 3-2 losses to MSU over the weekend.
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Michigan State earned a huge series sweep of Notre Dame on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Irish. The Spartans got a 33-save performance from graduate student goaltender Dylan St. Cyr, power play goals by Karsen Dorwart and David Gucciardi, and a goal from senior Nicolas Müller to earn the victory
Michigan State scored an important 3-0 victory over No. 20/17 Notre Dame on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. MSU snapped a four-game winless streak against the Irish, and look for a weekend sweep in Saturday’s matinee rematch.
Michigan State plays its final two-game home series of the season, hosting Notre Dame. The Spartans lead the all-time meetings of the teams by a 66-57-16 margin. MSU holds a 37-23-5 mark in games played in East Lansing. Sixteen of the last 17 meetings between the teams have been settled by two goals or less. Six of the games have been one-goal affairs and five have been ties. Michigan State alumnus Jeff Jackson is in his 18th season at Notre Dame, and 25th as a head coach in the college game.
No. 2 Minnesota scored three goals in each the second and third periods to post a 6-3 victory over visiting Michigan State on Saturday night in Minneapolis.
The No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers handed visiting Michigan State a 8-0 loss on Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci. It was the most goals surrendered by the Spartans this season, as MSU falls to 13-12-2 overall and below .500 in the big Ten (7-8-2). Minnesota improves to 19-7-1, 13-3-1 atop the Conference.
Sometimes getting a weekend off in college hockey is a good thing. Injury-riddled teams are able to take an extra week to heal, downtrodden teams are given time to regroup or, at the very least, teams are able to flat out rest. But, in Michigan State’s eyes, last week’s bye may have come at an inconvenient time.
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No. 15 Michigan State heads out on the road to Minneapolis for a two-game series at No. 2 Minnesota. MSU trails in the all-time series by a 50-131-16 margin, including 5-0 and 6-3 wins in East Lansing in early December. In that series, both the Gophers and the Spartans skated through both games penalty-free – the first known time that two Division I men’s hockey teams BOTH skated through a two-game series without a penalty called. MSU brings Minnesota products Justin Jallen (St. Paul) and Gavin Best (Richfield) to play in their home state.
Michigan State remains at No. 15 in this latest USCHO Poll following an idle week. The Spartans were last in action Jan. 13-14 in a home series where MSU took four points from Penn State. It pushed Michigan State up two spots from No. 17.
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Jagger Joshua has been selected as the First Star of the Week by the Big Ten Conference, as announced on Tuesday morning. Joshua produced a four-goal weekend as Michigan State skated to an overtime victory and tie / shootout win over visiting Penn State (3-2 OT, 4-4). Joshua notched his second hat trick of the season in Saturday’s game
When Adam Nightingale took over as Michigan State’s head coach in early May, he didn’t do too much analysis of senior forward Jagger Joshua. After all, he was a holdover from the previous regime, one that scored just eight goals in three seasons and far too often made more of an impact in the penalty box than he did on the scoresheet.
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When putting together a top forward line, most people would expect a combination of skill and experience, pairing skilled goal-scorers with veterans that know where to find them. Most wouldn’t expect two freshmen and a senior with eight goals in his first three years to mesh well. For Michigan State, however, it’s worked beautifully.
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Behind a hat trick from Jagger Joshua and a 35-save performance from Dylan St. Cyr, the Michigan State hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie with No. 5 Penn State on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. No. 17/16 MSU earned five of a possible six points on the weekend with a Friday OT win and Saturday shootout victory.
Cole Krygier scored on a rising shot from the bottom of the left circle in overtime to propel the Spartans to a 3-2 victory over No. 5/5 Penn State on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.
Michigan State hosts its first games of 2023 when it entertains Penn State for a two-game set. MSU trails the all-time series with the Nittany Lions by a 15-21-4 margin, and owns a 10-9-1 mark against the Nittany Lions on its home ice. The teams have split each of the last three series, and nine of the last 10. Back in November, PSU earned a wild 4-3 come-from-behind win in the first game of the series before MSU posted a 7-3 win on getaway day.
No. 12 Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and expanded it over the next 40 minutes to score a 6-0 victory over No. 14/13 Michigan State on Saturday in Columbus to complete a weekend sweep. MSU and Ohio State each swept the weekend series on their home ice, leveling the season series at 2-2.