Michigan State got standout goaltending from Drew DeRidder on Saturday night at Notre Dame. And outstanding penalty killing, especially in the third period and overtime. But DeRidder’s 47 saves and the penalty killers skating off 8 minutes and 46 seconds of penalties weren’t enough to give the Spartans a victory over the Irish at Compton Family Arena. But the combination also prevented MSU from skating off with a frustrating loss.
Michigan State goaltender Drew DeRidder made a season-high 47 saves as the Spartans and No. 16 Notre Dame played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Compton Family Ice Arena. Tommy Apap scored for the Spartans, while Alex Steeves tied the game in the second period for UND.
After a two-week break from playing games, Michigan State is eager to get back at it this weekend, just before taking two more weeks off – or even longer. Such is life in college hockey 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spartans this season have played only six games and four in the Big Ten – the lowest numbers in the conference.
After last week’s series with Wisconsin was postponed, the Spartans will close the initial phase of their 2020-21 schedule with a two-game set at Notre Dame, Dec. 19-20. MSU went 2-0-2 against the Irish last season, including 1-0-1 on the road.
The Michigan State hockey team’s two-game series vs. Wisconsin scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at Munn Ice Arena will not be played. Following a positive COVID-19 test within the Wisconsin program, medical officials from each school conferred and decided to postpone the games. The two-game series is expected to be rescheduled.
The Michigan State hockey team nearly came back to down No. 5 Minnesota on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena, but in the end the Gophers were able to hold off the Spartans’ rally and an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play made the final score 4-2. Kyle Haskins and Dennis Cesana scored consecutive goals for the Spartans, who erased an early 2-0 deficit. But Scott Reedy’s power-play goal with 5:46 to play in the second period would up being the winner.
Michigan State knew that it had to be at the top of its game on Thursday to beat an experienced, highly skilled team like 5th-ranked Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Spartans weren’t in synch over the first two periods and paid the price. A slow start, turnovers, and a lack of puck possession by MSU enabled the undefeated Gophers to capitalize and cruise to a 3-1 victory at Munn Arena.
No. 5 Minnesota scored two first-period goals and went on to defeat the Michigan State hockey team, 3-1, on Thursday night at Munn Ice Arena. Cole Krygier scored for the Spartans, who pressed the Gophers late, but couldn’t erase the deficit.
After playing four games against two teams that had trouble creating quality scoring chances and scoring goals, Michigan State is preparing to face an offensively skilled opponent who is more than capable of developing good scoring opportunities and putting the puck in the net. Minnesota, currently ranked No. 5 in college hockey’s two major polls, was picked by the Big Ten coaches to finish first in the conference due to several factors.
The Spartans enter the series leading the Big Ten and ranking fourth nationally in shots on goal at 38.75, having put at least 40 shots on goal in each of the last three games (40, 45, 44) … MSU is outshooting opponents in the second and third periods by a combined margin of 112-73 so far this season.
Before the season started, Michigan State Head Coach Danton Cole said he expected forward Charlie Combs to help the team offensively .“… He’s a goal scorer and he plays hard on the edges and gives us a little something that we haven’t had in kind of a down-low type game,” Cole said. “I think he is gonna help our powerplay, help us five-on-five, and really attack.” Through the Spartan’s first four games of the season, Combs has done nothing but live up to that hype.
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Michigan State’s quest for its first series sweep of the season fell short on Sunday against Ohio State. But it wasn’t for a lack of shots on goal and scoring chances. The problem? Not enough shots got past Buckeyes senior goaltender Tommy Nappier, who made 42 saves, including 20 in the third period.
The Michigan State hockey team fell for the first time this season, coming up short against No. 10 Ohio State, 4-2, on Sunday night in Columbus. After an overtime win by the Spartans (2-1-1, 1-1 B1G) in the series opener, the two teams played another tight game on Sunday.
Michigan State had a solid offensive game on Saturday with 45 shots on goal. The Spartans’ defense was good too, allowing only 20 shots on goalie Drew DeRidder. Special teams had a good night. MSU’s power play was 1-for-5, moved the puck around well, and applied pressure. Penalty-killing units didn’t allow a goal during two full power plays and one brief extra-man situation.
Nicolas Müller’s goal with just over a minute to play in overtime gave the Michigan State hockey team a 3-2 win over No. 10 Ohio State on the road Saturday in its Big Ten opener. Charlie Combs (power play) and Adam Goodsir also scored for MSU as the Spartans (2-0-1) outshot Ohio State, 45-22.
Michigan State opens Big Ten play by heading to Ohio State to meet the Buckeyes on Saturday and Sunday at Value City Arena.
Michigan State junior goaltender Drew DeRidder was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. DeRidder recorded his first career shutout last weekend as the Spartans went 1-0-1 against Arizona State to start the 2020-21 season.
Drew DeRidder’s 30 saves and goals from Mitchell Mattson and Mitchell Lewandowski lifted the Michigan State hockey team past Arizona State, 2-0, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.
There was a lot to like about the way Michigan State played in their 2020-21 season opener against Arizona State on Thursday night at Munn Arena. The Spartans got excellent goaltending from junior Drew DeRidder, their penalty-killer units defended very well and, for the most part, MSU played a strong defensive game. But a defensive zone breakdown and a tough bounce in front of the net kept the new-look Spartans from celebrating a victory.
The Michigan State hockey team opened its 2020-21 season on Thursday at Munn Ice Arena by playing to a 1-1 tie with Arizona State. Christian Krygier scored for the Spartans, while ASU’s Chris Grando scored with 4:14 to play in the third period to tie it up.