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.
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This Michigan State team is young and hungry under second-year coach Danton Cole. The Spartans entered the season with a roster filled with 15 underclassmen and only three seniors.
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It had been 43 years since Michigan State last sweep Minnesota in a two-game series. Finally, the Spartans’ drought is over. And here’s a shorter drought that has come to an end: MSU’s last Big Ten series sweep was in 2016, but that is also history. The Spartans on Sunday celebrated their best weekend of the season with its second-straight 5-3 victory over the Gophers and first conference sweep of 2018-19 and extended their winning streak to three games.
The Michigan State hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Minnesota with a 5-3 victory over the Golden Gophers on Sunday evening at Munn Ice Arena. Zach Osburn had three assists, while Mitchell Lewandowski had his second straight two-goal game to give the Spartans their third consecutive victory.
One of the reasons for Michigan State’s highly entertaining 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night at Munn Arena was its effective power play. The Spartans clicked for three goals with a manpower advantage in four opportunities. Another key factor in MSU’s second straight Big Ten win was its outstanding penalty killing. The Spartans skated off five of six Gophers power plays and didn’t give up a goal until the last one, late in the third period.
With the help of three power-play goals, the Michigan State hockey team defeated Minnesota 5-3 on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena in the first of a two-game series with the Golden Gophers. Taro Hirose upped his NCAA-leading assist total to 27 with helpers on each of the Spartans’ first three goals, while Mitchell Lewandowski scored twice and defenseman Dennis Cesana also had three assists.
It was late in the third period and Michigan State was protecting a 5-4 lead last Saturday at Penn State. Spartans defenseman Jerad Rosburg was in the corner in the defensive zone and got caught flat-footed while trying to win a battle for a loose puck. He took a heavy hit from a Nittany Lion forward. He fell to the ice and the crowd, led by the student second, roared its approval.
The Spartans begin their second half of Big Ten play by hosting Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday at Munn Ice Arena … MSU is coming off a split at No. 13 Penn State last weekend, while Minnesota swept No. 12 Notre Dame on the road.
Michigan State junior forward Taro Hirose has been named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hirose, who leads the nation in both points and assists, had two goals and two assists in last weekend’s split at No. 11 Penn State.