Michigan State will play its first games of the new calendar year as it resumes Big Ten play on Friday and Saturday at home against No. 7/5 Ohio State.
Michigan State and Michigan played to a 2-2 tie in the third-place game of the Great Lakes Invitational on Monday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena. MSU goaltender Drew DeRidder made a career high 45 saves while Patrick Khodorenko and Wojciech Stachowiak scored for the Spartans.
Diego Cuglietta’s goal 3:05 into overtime gave Lake Superior State a 4-3 victory over the Michigan State hockey team on Sunday in the semifinals of the 54th Great Lakes Invitational at Little Caesars Arena. The Spartans will now meet Michigan at 11:30 a.m. on Monday in the tournament’s third-place game.
The last time Michigan State played Lake Superior State in the Great Lakes Invitational things didn’t work out so well for the Spartans. The Lakers blanked MSU, 5-0, in the GLI semifinals on Dec. 27, 1996, at Joe Louis Arena. That was the only time the two teams have played in the annual tournament in Detroit.
A long nine days came and went without the team skating and practicing, and now the Spartans (6-9-1 overall, 2-5-1-1 in the Big Ten) turn their focus to the Great Lakes Invitational, where MSU will play Lake Superior State at 4 p.m. Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.
Source: Lansing State Journal
Michigan State will take part in the 54th annual Great Lakes Invitational on Sunday and Monday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit … MSU meets Lake Superior State in the second semifinal game on Sunday at 4 p.m. and will then meet either Michigan or Michigan Tech on Monday … Monday’s third-place game is set for 11:30 a.m. and the championship game is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Joe Murphy hunches over, unable to speak, unable to respond. His eyes float to the back of his head. His forehead creases with wrinkles. Frozen in place. Still strong and athletic, the muscles in his arms tense. His hands contort, his fingers curl and lock in place, becoming rigid as a brick. Down the right side of his neck, there is an old scar, near the jugular, where he says he was knifed. M
The Michigan State hockey team played its final home game of the calendar year on Saturday night, topping the U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 Team, 1-0, in an exhibition contest at Munn Ice Arena. Patrick Khodorenko broke the stalemate with the only goal of the game, scoring on the power play 4:34 into the third period.
A year ago this week, Drew DeRidder was playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program’s U-18 team and focusing on trying to beat Michigan State. Now, he’s a Spartan freshman goaltender trying to help his new team beat his former team – the highly talented U.S. 18s.
The Spartans will play their final game before a two-week Christmas break when they meet the USNTDP U-18 Team in an exhibition on Saturday. •MSU will return to regular-season action at the 54th annual Great Lakes Invitational, Dec. 30-31, at Little Caesars Arena … MSU will meet Lake Superior State in semifinal game two on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.
The Michigan State hockey team fell to Wisconsin 3-0 on Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison. Michigan State (6-9-1, 2-5-1-1) goaltender John Lethemon kept the Spartans within striking distance all night, making stops on several quality Badger chances and finishing with a season-high 40 saves – one shy of tying a career high.
The Michigan State hockey team dug out of an early hole on Friday night in Madison, but it wasn’t enough as Wisconsin broke a 3-3 tie with two third-period goals to down the Spartans, 5-3. Trailing 3-0 in the second, the Spartans (6-8-1, 2-4-1-1) scored three straight to knot the game, but Wisconsin (7-7-3, 3-3-3-1) got the only goals of the third period, including the game-winner by Peter Tischke with 11:19 to play.
Brody Stevens enjoyed one of his best weekends as a Michigan State hockey player last Friday and Saturday, but he’s not looking back. The sophomore right wing is eager to have more memorable moments this weekend in a Big Ten series at Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Stevens would love to score a goal, set up a goal or make a big hit, but mostly he wants to contribute to a pair of victories over the Badgers and keep his team on a roll.
The Spartans are 2-0-1 over their last three games and head to Wisconsin to play their final conference series before Christmas … The Spartans are tied for fifth place in the Big Ten with eight points at 2-3-1-1, while the Badgers are tied for third with 10 points at 2-3-3-1.
Michigan State freshman goaltender Drew DeRidder has been named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week, it was announced by conference office on Tuesday. DeRidder backstopped the Spartans to a win and then a tie and shootout win vs. Michigan this past weekend.
Hockey squares off against the University of Michigan, Women’s Basketball travels to Cancun, Mexico to play in the Cancun Challenge, Sophomore Xavier Tillman and Junior Nick Ward discuss changes they made as they figure to get ready for Basketball season and Men’s Basketball defeats Rutgers.
After a victory in the series opener on Friday, the Michigan State hockey team played No. 14 Michigan to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. The Spartans (6-7-1, 2-3-1-1) claimed the extra point on Saturday however by winning the shootout to take five of six points on the weekend from the Wolverines (6-7-3, 2-3-3-1).
It wasn’t Michigan State’s best game of the season. But it was the Spartans’ most exciting and satisfying contest, one filled with swings in play, lead changes, and one with happy ending for the home team.
Freshman goaltender Drew DeRidder made 43 saves and Mitchell Lewandowski’s goal 9:44 into the third period broke a tie game to give the Michigan State hockey team a 4-3 victory over No. 14 Michigan on Friday night at a sold out Munn Ice Arena. Junior Taro Hirose assisted on each of the Spartans’ final three goals for his second straight three-point game.
For the Michigan State hockey team, it’s finally Michigan Week. For Michigan hockey, it’s finally Michigan State Week. And here’s what you’ll be hearing in the days, hours, minutes and seconds leading up to the first two meetings of the season between the Spartans and Wolverines: “We don’t like them, they don’t like us. It’ll be emotional, intense and there will be some chirping. It’s a great atmosphere and there’s always something going on. It’ll be great. We love it.”