The Spartans and Wolverines renew college hockey’s most-played rivalry with a home-and-home series this weekend. The two teams will meet on Friday in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m., then Saturday in East Lansing at 4:30 p.m. Friday’s game will be on BTN+ and Saturday’s game will broadcast on The Big Ten Network.
Michigan State junior goaltender Drew DeRidder has been named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday (Jan. 6). It’s the third weekly conference honor for DeRidder this season and second straight first star recognition.
Jagger Joshua, Gianluca Esteves, and Brody Stevens went into Monday afternoon’s game against Penn State with no goals listed on their stat line. In fact, none of the three Michigan State forwards had any points. But all three ended the game smiling, knowing they played a role in a 5-1 victory over the Nittany Lions, helping the Spartans to a Big Ten series split at Munn Arena.
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Jagger Joshua scored his first two goals of the season and Drew DeRidder made 36 saves as the Michigan State hockey team beat Penn State, 5-1, in a matinee game on Monday at Munn Ice Arena. Gianluca Esteves and Brody Stevens also scored their first goals of the season, while Mitchell Lewandowski added an empty-netter in the final minutes.
Penn State topped the Michigan State hockey team, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena in the first of a two-game series. Sam Sternschein’s goal with 2:56 to go in the first period stood as the difference.
The Christmas break was brief for Michigan State players, coaches and staff. It lasted about a week, and now it’s back to work for the Spartans who are about to embark on a busy stretch – four games in seven days starting on Sunday against Penn State.
Michigan State begins the new calendar year by hosting Penn State on Sunday and Monday at Munn Ice Arena. The two-game set will be the first of 10 contests for the Spartans during the first month of the new year. It’s the first time the Spartans will play 10 games in the month of January since the 2005-06 season.
A trio of Spartans swept this week’s Big Ten Stars of the week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Goaltender Drew DeRidder was named the first star; defenseman Tommy Miller was named the second star; and forward Tommy Apap was selected as the third star.
Charlie Combs had always thought about transferring. It had remained in his mind, more as an idea instead of an action step. Until March of 2020. When athletic programs, tournaments and schools began shutting down in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Combs, then a forward at Bemidji State, sat down with his brother and parents and really talked about transferring. A couple of weeks after coming home, he made a decision. He decided to transfer.
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Michigan State got standout goaltending from Drew DeRidder on Saturday night at Notre Dame. And outstanding penalty killing, especially in the third period and overtime. But DeRidder’s 47 saves and the penalty killers skating off 8 minutes and 46 seconds of penalties weren’t enough to give the Spartans a victory over the Irish at Compton Family Arena. But the combination also prevented MSU from skating off with a frustrating loss.
Michigan State goaltender Drew DeRidder made a season-high 47 saves as the Spartans and No. 16 Notre Dame played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Compton Family Ice Arena. Tommy Apap scored for the Spartans, while Alex Steeves tied the game in the second period for UND.
After a two-week break from playing games, Michigan State is eager to get back at it this weekend, just before taking two more weeks off – or even longer. Such is life in college hockey 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spartans this season have played only six games and four in the Big Ten – the lowest numbers in the conference.
After last week’s series with Wisconsin was postponed, the Spartans will close the initial phase of their 2020-21 schedule with a two-game set at Notre Dame, Dec. 19-20. MSU went 2-0-2 against the Irish last season, including 1-0-1 on the road.
The Michigan State hockey team’s two-game series vs. Wisconsin scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at Munn Ice Arena will not be played. Following a positive COVID-19 test within the Wisconsin program, medical officials from each school conferred and decided to postpone the games. The two-game series is expected to be rescheduled.
The Michigan State hockey team nearly came back to down No. 5 Minnesota on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena, but in the end the Gophers were able to hold off the Spartans’ rally and an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play made the final score 4-2. Kyle Haskins and Dennis Cesana scored consecutive goals for the Spartans, who erased an early 2-0 deficit. But Scott Reedy’s power-play goal with 5:46 to play in the second period would up being the winner.
Michigan State knew that it had to be at the top of its game on Thursday to beat an experienced, highly skilled team like 5th-ranked Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Spartans weren’t in synch over the first two periods and paid the price. A slow start, turnovers, and a lack of puck possession by MSU enabled the undefeated Gophers to capitalize and cruise to a 3-1 victory at Munn Arena.
No. 5 Minnesota scored two first-period goals and went on to defeat the Michigan State hockey team, 3-1, on Thursday night at Munn Ice Arena. Cole Krygier scored for the Spartans, who pressed the Gophers late, but couldn’t erase the deficit.
After playing four games against two teams that had trouble creating quality scoring chances and scoring goals, Michigan State is preparing to face an offensively skilled opponent who is more than capable of developing good scoring opportunities and putting the puck in the net. Minnesota, currently ranked No. 5 in college hockey’s two major polls, was picked by the Big Ten coaches to finish first in the conference due to several factors.