In the midst of his second season on the team, sophomore defender Dennis Cesana is quietly becoming one of the better all-around defenders in college hockey, hoping to help lead No. 19 Michigan State into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. But how did the Providence, Rhode Island native end up in East Lansing?
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Mention “Michigan State” this week anywhere within 100 miles of East Lansing and everyone will offer an opinion on football coach Mark Dantonio, who’s stepping down after 13 seasons. It’s dominating local sports talk radio and social media, and understandably so. Respectfully, though, perhaps a story just as big is how a hockey team picked to finish last in the Big Ten has a good shot at capturing a regular-season championship.
Four weeks ago, college hockey’s youngest team was trying to find its identity, working hard to get its game in sync, and striving to put some victories together. For the Minnesota Golden Gophers, it’s mission accomplished. The Gophers are the hottest team in the Big Ten with a 7-1 record since Christmas and winners of five games in a row.
As the final month of the regular season begins and with just one point separating the top five teams in the Big Ten, each weekend series holds a little more weight. Michigan State (13-12-1, 9-6-1) will travel to Minneapolis to play the red-hot Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-10-4, 7-5-4) and battle for six critical points in the conference standings.
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Michigan State begins the final month of the regular season as it heads to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers on Friday and Saturday … The two teams enter the series in a three-way tie for third place in the Big Ten as the Spartans, Gophers and Notre Dame all have 28 points – one behind co-leaders Ohio State and Penn State.
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Michigan State seniors Patrick Khodorenko and John Lethemon are both nominees for the 2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Given annually to college hockey’s top player, Hobey Baker Award fan voting will run until Sunday, March 8 at midnight. Fans can vote once per day at hobeybaker.com/vote.
After strong offseason workouts of sprinting, lifting and plyometrics, senior forward Logan Lambdin is having his best hockey season at Michigan State. The Newport, Michigan, native has already equaled his career-high in point production (12) with a month of the regular season still to come.
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It was frustrating. It was disappointing. When you play one of your best games of the season and end up losing and not getting the series sweep you were desperately seeking, it hurts. It hurts a lot. In one of the most exciting games of the season, and in front of a fired-up standing-room-only crowd of 6,586 at Munn Arena, Michigan State on Saturday came within a bounce or two of scoring a go-ahead goal late in the third period.
No. 19 Michigan State and No. 9 Penn State were even through 60 minutes on Saturday at a sold-out Munn Arena, but Connor McMenamin’s goal 39 seconds into overtime broke the tie and gave the Nittany Lions a 2-1 win. The Spartans (13-12-1, 9-6-1-0) outshot PSU 36-22 over the final two periods, including putting 19 on goal in final 20 minutes.
There were several key factors to Michigan State’s 4-2 victory over No. 9/9 Penn State on Friday night in front of 6,017 fans at Munn Arena. Here’s four: Senior center Patrick Khodorenko’s three goals – one in the first period, one in the second and one in the third, for his second career hat trick.
Patrick Khodorenko’s three-goal game pushed the No. 19 Michigan State hockey team past No. 9 Penn State, 4-2, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in front of a crowd of over 6,000 fans. Goaltender John Lethemon made 40 saves as the Spartans (13-11-1, 9-5-1) moved into first place in the Big Ten, two points ahead of Ohio State.
Danton Cole has experienced some great moments in hockey, playing for Michigan State’s national title team in 1986, and being a member of New Jersey’s Stanley Cup championship team in 1995. And, now Cole is thrilled to have his life come full circle and even happier since he has put the Spartans in a position to play for a Big Ten title and earn an NCAA Tournament spot in his third year as MSU’s head coach.
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On September 19, 2019, the Big Ten hockey coaches’ poll ranked the Michigan State Spartans to finish seventh, dead last in the division. Now, with 10 games remaining on the schedule, all against teams they have faced previously, the Spartans sit comfortably tied in second place with Penn State, five points ahead of fourth-place Notre Dame.
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Sam Saliba has always made an impact during his four seasons at Michigan State. This season – his senior year – he’s making even more of an impact, and he’s having a lot more fun. During his Spartan career, Saliba’s been a strong leader, a standout penalty killer and defensive forward, and this season he’s added to his repertoire with key contributions on offense.
No. 20 Michigan State plays its last series in the month of January by hosting No. 9/9 Penn State this weekend at Munn … The Spartans and Nittany Lions are tied for second place in the Big Ten with 25 points apiece, one point behind Ohio State.
John Lethemon was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday (January 21). It’s the fourth time this season Lethemon has been named one of the conference’s weekly stars, including his third First Star accolade. Lethemon earned his Big Ten leading fifth shutout of the season by making 39 saves in a 4-0 win over Wisconsin last Friday
Wisconsin broke a 1-1 tie with 2:08 to play and topped the No. 20 Michigan State hockey team, 3-1, on Saturday at the Kohl Center, erasing the Spartans’ bid for a regular-season sweep of the Badgers.