Jan. 30, 1998
Spartan Hockey Takes on Miami
Note of the Night
Summit meeting - Michigan State goes up against a ranked team for the fifth time this season and just the second time at home. The Spartans are 4-0 against teams that were ranked at the time of the game so far this year, posting wins over Boston University, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan (again). Meanwhile, Miami is 3-0 against ranked teams (all ranked above the RedHawks), including last weekend,s sweep of Michigan.
Five More Notes No Media Person Should Be Without
1. Get the sensation - Junior center Mike York has been outstanding since his return from the World Junior Championship, totaling 8-3-11 during his five-game goal-scoring streak, including four consecutive multiple-point games. Friday marks York,s 100th career game played, and he has 49 goals and 72 assists (121 points) in that time (1.22 points per game). This season, he leads the Spartans with 19-16-35 and has scored 10 of his 19 goals in the first period.
2. Builder of leads - Senior goaltender Chad Alban has not allowed a first-period goal in nearly a month, since Jan. 3. Alban has a .952 save percentage and a 0.88 goals-against average in the first period of games this season.
3. Powerless - Michigan State, which boasts the nation,s No. 3 penalty-killing unit (89.6%), has held its last four opponents scoreless on the power play (0-for-14). Miami is the league,s best power-play team.
4. Homeward bound - Last year, the road team won each of the three regular-season meetings between MSU and Miami. Miami is 6-2-1 in the last nine games between the two schools at Munn Ice Arena.
5. Center of attention - Centers Sean Berens and Mike York have both been in the lineup in each of the last four games, and have combined for 13 goals and a 32.5% shooting percentage in that span.
Did You Know?
Home sweet home - Michigan State started the season 0-1-2 at home, but since then holds a 9-1-1 record at Munn Ice Arena. Saturday Munn, which has welcomed 89,371 fans this year, should surpass the 100,000 attendance mark for the 17th consecutive year.
Looking out for ... - Michigan State is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation this week. The Spartans held down the No. 1 spot for three weeks earlier this season in November and December before losing to Bowling Green, 1-0, Dec. 7. That No. 1 ranking represented the first time Michigan State had ascended to No. 1 since the final poll of the 1989-90 regular season.
Comparing Chad - How Chad Alban's season stacks up against the only goaltender ever to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, Minnesota,s Robb Stauber (1987-88):
GP W-L-T WIN % MIN GA GAA SV SV% SO CHAD ALBAN (1997-98) 24 19-2-3 .854 1437:41 40 1.67 442 .917 4 Robb Stauber, Minn. (1987-88) 44 34-10-0 .773 2621 119 2.72 1243 .913 5
Amazing Alban - Senior goaltender and Hobey Baker candidate Chad Alban has four shutouts this season, tying a 39-year-old Michigan State record. Other Alban tidbits:
NCAA leaders - Where the Spartans rank among the NCAA stat leaders (as of 1/25). Note that NCAA stats do not recognize games in the Ice Breaker Invitational or vs. Canadian teams, but do recognize non-conference schools such as Fairfield and Canisius.
Category Team/Individual Rank Figure Scoring Offense Michigan State 12th 3.75 goals/game Scoring Defense Michigan State 1st 1.71 goals/game Scoring Margin Michigan State 3rd 2.04 goals/game Winning Percentage Michigan State 1st .833 Penalty-Killing Percentage Michigan State 3rd .904 Power-Play Percentage Michigan State 9th .215 Points Per Game Mike York T-17th 1.50/game Sean Berens 20th 1.41/game Goals Per Game Sean Berens 4th 0.95/game Mike York 9th 0.85/game Power-Play Goals Sean Berens T-3rd 8 Goals-Against Average Chad Alban 2nd 1.68 Save Percentage Chad Alban 5th .917 Goalie Winning Percentage Chad Alban 2nd .857
Follow the leader - Senior defenseman and three-year captain Tyler Harlton plays close to 30 minutes a game and in every vital defensive situation. He leads the CCHA in plus/minus at +23.
Shooting stars - Michigan State is outshooting opponents by an average of 31.2-20.3. The Spartans have not allowed 30 shots on goal in a game yet this season while MSU has fired at least 30 shots on goal 15 times.
Head start - Michigan State has outscored its opponents 31-8 in the first period and has scored first in 20 of its 27 games.
NHL prospects - The following MSU players are ranked among the top draft-eligible North Americans in the latest evaluations released by the NHL,s Central Scouting Bureau: Shawn Horcoff (70th, 3rd round), John Nail (211th, 8th round), Andrew Bogle (218th, 9th round), Joe Blackburn (23rd among goaltenders).
The fries at the bottom of the bag - MSU alum Mike Watt recently became the 38th player to play for Ron Mason at Michigan State to reach the NHL ... The Spartans are 8-0-1 when they have more penalties than their opponent ... MSU is 12-1-0 on the road ... former Spartans Steve Guolla and Peter White will play in the AHL All-Star game... fifteen former Spartans have appeared in the NHL this season, the most of any college...Rod Brind,Amour (Canada) will become the ninth Spartan to play in the Olympics in Nagano.
Say This About Our Players . . .
2 - Jon Gaskins (Sr., LW)
3 - Brody Brandstatter (R-Fr., D)
4 - Chris Bogas (Jr., D)
5 - Mike Weaver (So., D)
6 - Tyler Harlton (Sr., D)
7 - Brad Hodgins (Fr., D)
9 - Sean Patchell (Fr., W)
10 - Shawn Horcoff (So., C)
12 - Kevin O,Keefe (Sr., RW)
14 - Damon Whitten (Fr., LW)
16 - Bryan Adams (Jr., LW)
18 - Sean Berens (Sr., C)
19 - Rustyn Dolyny (Fr., RW)
22 - Andrew Bogle (Fr., C)
27 - Jeff Kozakowski (Jr., D)
29 - Chad Alban (Sr., G)
30 - Joe Blackburn (Fr., G)
61 - Mike York (Jr., C)
SERIES INFORMATION VS. MIAMI:
MSU CAREER LEADERS vs. MIAMI Player (Yr., Pos.) GP, G-A-P Mike York (Jr., C) 7 GP, 3-8-11 Kevin O,Keefe (Sr., RW) 7 GP, 4-1-5 Sean Berens (Sr., C) 9 GP, 2-3-5 Shawn Horcoff (So., C) 4 GP, 1-3-4 Chris Bogas (Jr., D) 3 GP, 3-0-3 Goalie (Yr.) GP, GA, Sv% Chad Alban (Sr., G) 9 GP, 21 GA, .910 SPARTAN CAREER STATS Player GP G-A-P Pen/Min Sean Berens 146 69-66-135 53/136 Mike York 99 49-72-121 40/92 Bryan Adams 88 16-31-47 31/92 Jeff Kozakowski 106 9-37-46 41/96 Chris Bogas 106 11-33-44 76/163 Shawn Horcoff 65 20-22-42 25/58 Kevin O,Keefe 63 11-19-30 8/16 at Ill.-Chicago 68 18-12-30 15/30 Tyler Harlton 144 5-25-30 107/229 Rustyn Dolyny 27 11-13-24 10/20 Mike Weaver 66 4-20-24 39/86 Brad Hodgins 65 3-20-23 43/124 Mark Loeding 90 14-6-20 49/125 Jon Gaskins 112 3-16-19 20/40 Sean Patchell 25 6-7-13 12/24 Curtis Gemmel 54 6-3-9 9/18 Mike Ford 92 4-4-8 8/16 Andrew Bogle 27 2-6-8 8/16 Chad Alban 116 0-7-7 10/31 Damon Whitten 26 1-6-7 12/35 John Nail 26 1-2-3 6/12 Matt Kruzich 12 1-0-1 5/10 B. Brandstatter 17 0-1-1 2/4 Mike Jalaba 13 0-0-0 2/4 Joe Blackburn 4 0-0-0 0/0 Mike Gresl 4 0-0-0 0/0 Dan Zaluski 3 0-0-0 0/0 Goalie GP W-L-T GAA Svs. Sv. % Alban 116 76-28-8 2.61 2,379 .892 Blackburn 4 2-1-0 1.32 53 .930 Gresl 4 0-1-0 5.07 32 .821 1997-98 MULTI-POINT GAMES (52) Mike York (10; MR: 1/24 vs. LSSU) Sean Berens (8; MR: 1/16 vs. UAF) Rustyn Dolyny (7; MR: 1/17 vs. FSU) Bryan Adams (6; MR: 11/15 vs. Mank.) Kevin O,Keefe (5; MR: 1/17 vs. FSU) Shawn Horcoff (4; MR: 1/2 vs. UAF) Andrew Bogle (3; MR: 1/24 vs. LSSU) Jeff Kozakowski (2; MR: 1/17 vs. FSU) Chris Bogas (2; MR: 11/22 vs. BG) 5 players with 1 each: Brad Hodgins, Mike Weaver, Tyler Harlton, Damon Whitten, John Nail 1997-98 MULTI-GOAL GAMES (16) Sean Berens (5; MR: 1/10 vs. NMU) Mike York (4; MR: 1/17 vs. FSU) Rustyn Dolyny (2; MR: 1/17 vs. FSU) Kevin O,Keefe (2; MR: 10/28 vs. Ferris) 3 players with 1 each: Shawn Horcoff, Mike Weaver, Chris Bogas CURRENT POINT-SCORING STREAKS (Two games or more) 7 games: Sean Berens (12-4-16) 5 games: Mike York (8-3-11) 4 games: Mike Weaver (0-4-4) 3 games: Kevin O,Keefe (2-2-4) 2 games: Andrew Bogle (1-2-3)