A night after topping No. 17 Penn State, 5-3, the Michigan State hockey team fell to the Nittany Lions by the same score on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. Trailing 4-2 in the third period, the Spartans made it a one-goal game with 5:55 to go, but couldn’t get the tying goal in what was the regular season home finale.
The Michigan State hockey team got goals from five different players in a 5-3 victory over No. 17 Penn State on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans (11-15-5, 7-10-4-2) never trailed and grabbed hold of the game by breaking a 1-1 tie with four consecutive goals, three of which came in the second period.
For Michigan State seniors Zach Osburn, Brennan Sanford, and Cody Milan, Friday’s and Saturday’s games against Penn State could be their last at Munn Arena. However, with a lot of help from their teammates, there’s a way for the three seniors to play again at Munn Arena after Saturday’s Senior Night game against the Nittany Lions.
Michigan State’s offense is ranked 30th in goals per game. But what goals per game doesn’t show is that the Spartans house one of the top lines in college hockey, including Taro Hirose, the Hobey Baker nominee who leads the country with 47 points
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Michigan State hosts Penn State in its final regular-season home series of the season this weekend at Munn … With four games remaining, MSU has 24 points and is in sixth place, just four points out of third place as the third through sixth-place teams are separated by a total of just four points.
It’s no secret Michigan State junior Taro Hirose has been one of the best players in college hockey this season. He currently sits atop the leaderboard in both the NCAA’s points and assists columns. The finance major’s vision for the game, and ability to earn points for Michigan State has secured his spot in Spartan program history.
The Michigan State hockey team fell to Michigan, 5-2, on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. Trailing 3-0 early in the third period, Mitchell Lewandowski scored twice for the Spartans (10-15-5, 6-10-4-2) to make it a one-goal game, but the Wolverines (12-11-6, 8-7-4-2) got a pair of empty-net goals in the final 1:35 to seal the win.
Three second-period goals by Michigan broke a 1-1 tie as the Wolverines defeated the Michigan State hockey team, 5-3, on Friday in Ann Arbor in the first of two games between the teams this weekend.
Michigan State’s line of Patrick Khodorenko, Taro Hirose and Mitchell Lewandowski produced 44 goals and 110 points.
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With four weekends left in the regular season, the Spartans and Wolverines have their sights on a high finish in the Big Ten and the reward of earning home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs. In order to lock down a home series at Munn Arena or Yost Arena, the two rivals need to be in first place, second place or third or fourth when the season ends on March 2.
Michigan State takes on Michigan in the second series of the season between the teams this Friday in Ann Arbor and then Saturday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit … The Spartans are coming off a win (4-1) and tie (2-2, shootout loss) with Wisconsin last weekend, taking four of six possible points in the series.
Michigan State junior forward Taro Hirose has been named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday (Feb. 5). Hirose had four points, including two goals and two assists, in a win and tie vs. Wisconsin last weekend.
The Michigan State hockey team rallied twice from one-goal deficits and played Wisconsin to a 2-2 tie on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. Neither team was able to score in the overtime periods and Wisconsin earned the extra point in the Big Ten standings by winning the shootout in one round.
Patrick Khodorenko scored twice and had an assist and Taro Hirose had a goal and two assists to lead the Michigan State hockey team past Wisconsin, 4-1, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans never trailed and got out to a 3-0 lead before the Badgers got on the board late in the second period.
The Spartans begin February by hosting Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday … It’s the second to last regular season home series for the Spartans.
It was a six-minute stretch from late in the second period to early in the third period in which this game was decided. The Irish scored four goals – two in the second period within 27 seconds and two power-play goals in the third – to surge into a 6-1 lead.
Two goals late in the second period and then two more early in the third made the difference in a 6-3 victory by No. 11/12 over the Michigan State hockey team on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena.
It was only a few weeks ago that Michigan State was battling to end a frustrating winless streak, and appeared on track to finish the 2018-19 season last in the Big Ten. But when conference victories are worth three points in the standings, and wins in shootouts and 3-on-3 overtimes give a team two points, you can move up in the standings quickly if you can put a string of victories together.
Off a sweep of Minnesota, Michigan State heads to No. 11/12 Notre Dame for a pair of games this weekend … The Spartans and Fighting Irish are separated by a point in the Big Ten standings as MSU is in fourth with 19 points (5-7-2-2) and UND in third with 20 points (6-6-1-1).
The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday (Jan. 22) that sophomore Mitchell Lewandowski has been named the league’s second star of the week. Lewandowski scored four goals in the Spartans’ sweep of Minnesota last weekend at Munn Ice Arena.