Michigan State, which is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1) and is 4-1-1 over its last six games, travels to Ohio State for Thanksgiving weekend to meet the No. 11 Buckeyes on Saturday and Sunday at Value City Arena. The Spartans are ranked 20th in this week’s USCHO.com poll, while they received votes and are just outside of the 15-team USAToday/USA Hockey poll.
Senior Sam Saliba has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. It’s the third consecutive week a Spartan has been named the league’s first star.
Watch the highlights from three big wins the past week by: Michigan State Basketball, Michigan State Hockey, Michigan State Women’s Basketball, and travel to the NCAA Championships with Women’s Track and Field.
After a weekend in which the Spartans took four of a possible six points from No. 3 Notre Dame, MSU finds themselves nationally ranked, coming in at No. 20 in the latest USCHO poll.
Source: Spartans Wire
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Michigan State scored twice in a five-minute span to knock off No. 3 Notre Dame, 3-2, on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. Logan Lambdin scored the tying goal with 6:12 to go, while Sam Saliba got the winner – his second goal of the game – with 1:10 to play.
The Michigan State hockey team played No. 3/3 Notre Dame to 1-1 tie on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Sam Saliba gave MSU (5-5-1, 3-1-1-0) the lead early in the second period, while Michael Graham tied it for Notre Dame (8-1-2, 4-1-2-1) with 1:39 to play in the third period. Goaltender John Lethemon made 36 saves for the Spartans.
For the last two weeks, Michigan State has had to prepare for teams that like to attack, play with great pace and are always looking to transition from defense to offense as quickly as possible. First, it was Penn State and bunch of shot-happy Nittany Lions. And then it was Michigan which strives to enters the zone with speed and make quick passes and find open players for one-timers. The Spartans did well against both high-tempo teams, splitting a series at Penn State and sweeping the Wolverines, gobbling up one victory at each venue – Yost Arena and Munn Arena.
Michigan State will square off against a top-6 team in a series for the third time this month as it hosts No. 3/3 Notre Dame at Munn on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.). The Spartans are coming off a sweep of Michigan (4-3, 3-0) and have won three of their last four games.
Michigan State head coach Danton Cole announced today (Nov. 20) the initial phase of its recruiting class for next season. Pierce Charleson (G/Aurora, Ontario/Brooks Bandits), Calvin Dybicz (D/Elk Grove Village, Ill./Tri-City Storm), Aiden Gallacher (D/Rochester Hills, Mich./Youngstown Phantoms) and Kristof Papp (F/Budapest, Hungary/Madison Capitols) have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Spartans for the 2020-21 season.
Scott, Rob, and Danton recap the Michigan series and preview the upcoming Notre Dame series. The player guest this week is junior center Tommy Apap.
Michigan State goaltender John Lethemon has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Lethemon was named the NCAA’s Third Star of the Week.
Michigan State hockey star Patrick Khodorenko is used to people paying attention to him. His road to hockey fame started when he was 14, when he moved from Walnut Creek, California, to play in Plymouth, Michigan, where he eventually played for the elite USA Hockey National Team Development program.
The Michigan State hockey team completed a two-game sweep of Michigan on Saturday with a 3-0 shutout in front of a sellout crowd of 6,552 at Munn Ice Arena. John Lethemon made 35 saves for his second shutout in the last four games, while Josh Nodler (game-winner), Austin Kamer and Tommy Apap scored for Michigan State (5-5, 3-1 Big Ten).
It was the quintessential come-from-behind victory. Trailing 3-1 late in the second period, things didn’t look for good for Michigan and looked fairly positive for Michigan here Thursday night. But the Spartans, who were down 2-0 early in the second period, showed they’re a resilient bunch and, led by several seniors, kept working and kept battling on the road.
The Michigan State hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to come from behind and top rival Michigan, 4-3, on Thursday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Patrick Khodorenko scored twice, including getting the tying goal 3:44 into the third period. Logan Lambdin scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 11:09 to play.
Senior center Patrick Khodorenko and senior defenseman Jerad Rosburg have played more games against Michigan and Ohio State than any other team in during their Michigan State careers. They’ve played against the Wolverines and Buckeyes 15 times and there’s at least four more coming up this season against each team in their final year as Spartans. But when it comes to rivalries, there’s nothing like Green and White against Maize and Blue for Khodorenko and Rosburg. It’s exciting, intense, physical and emotional and sometimes a bit chippy.
The Spartans meet Michigan on Thursday and Saturday this week in college hockey’s most-played rivalry … The two teams have met a total of 324 times entering this home-and-home series.
Michigan State senior Patrick Khodorenko has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Khodorenko had four points (3g, 1a) in the Spartans’ series split with No. 6 Penn State on the road last weekend.
Two goals on Friday night were enough to win the hockey game. But four goals on Saturday were not. Michigan State had more offensive punch to its game on Saturday but its quest for a series sweep against Penn State fell short.
A night after a 2-0 shutout win over No. 6 Penn State, the Michigan State hockey team nearly fought back from a four-goal deficit before falling to the Nittany Lions, 6-4. Trailing 5-2 entering the third period, the Spartans scored twice to make it a one-goal game, but with the net empty for an extra attacker, Penn State scored with 29 seconds to play to hang on for a 6-4 win.