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Spartan Hockey Highlights

Jan. 11, 1922 -- Michigan State plays its first intercollegiate hockey game, falling to Michigan, 5-1.

Feb. 11, 1923 -- MSU gets its first win, 6-1 over the Lansing Independents.

Jan. 12, 1950 -- MSU plays its first game since 1930, losing to Michigan Tech, 6-2.

Nov. 29, 1951 -- MSU plays its first game under legendary coach Amo Bessone, defeating Ontario Agricultural College, 8-2, in East Lansing.

Feb. 6, 1954 -- Goaltender Ed Schiller makes a Spartan-record 73 saves in a 5-4 loss to Denver.

Dec. 7, 1957 -- MSU sets a school record for most goals in an 18-0 win vs. Ohio State. The mark still stands.

March 1, 1958 -- MSU completes its first winning season at 12-11, despite losing to Minnesota in the finale, 5-1.

March 13, 1959 -- MSU makes its first NCAA tournament appearance, defeating Boston College in the semifinals, 4-3.

March 14, 1959 -- The Spartans fall to North Dakota, 4-3 in overtime, in their first national championship game. MSU finishes the season 17-6-1.

March 5, 1966 -- MSU defeats defending national champion Michigan Tech, 4-3, to win the WCHA playoffs after finishing sixth in the regular season.

March 18, 1966 -- Doug Volmar's goal gives MSU a 2-1 win over Boston University in the NCAA semifinals.

March 19, 1966 -- MSU completes one of the most unlikely postseason runs with a 6-1 win over Clarkson to claim its first national championship. Goalie Gaye Cooley is named the tourney MVP.

March 16, 1967 -- MSU, fifth in the WCHA regular season, defeats champion Michigan Tech, 2-1 in overtime, to win the playoffs for the second straight season. Doug Volmar netted both goals, including the winner at 5:44 of overtime.

March 18, 1967 -- After falling to Boston University in the NCAA semifinals, MSU captures third place with a 6-1 win over North Dakota in the NCAA consolation game.

Dec. 28, 1973 -- MSU wins its first Great Lakes Invitational, defeating Michigan Tech, 5-4, in the finals.

Oct. 25, 1974 -- Munn Arena hosts its first game, a 4-3 MSU loss to Laurentian.

Nov. 16, 1974 -- The first sellout crowd in Munn history sees the Spartans down North Dakota, 6-2. MSU goalie Ron Clark sets a record with 30 saves in the first period.

March 3, 1979 -- Amo Bessone coaches his final game, a 5-3 win over Michigan.

April 1, 1979 -- Ron Mason is named Spartan head coach.

Oct. 19, 1979 -- Ron Mason gets his first win at MSU, 7-6 over Western Michigan.

Oct. 23, 1981 -- MSU begins its first season of CCHA play, defeating Lake Superior State, 4-3, in East Lansing. MSU had left the WCHA along with Michigan, Michigan Tech and Notre Dame.

Marh 13, 1982 -- MSU wins its first CCHA playoff championship by beating Notre Dame, 4-1, with All-America goaltender Ron Scott in the nets.

March 20, 1982 -- MSU's first NCAA tournament appearance under Ron Mason ends with a 9-4, two-game, total-goals series loss to New Hampshire in the first round.

Dec. 29, 1982 -- A North American collegiate hockey record crowd of 21,247 at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena watches MSU win the Great Lakes Invitational, 5-3 over Michigan Tech.

March 12, 1983 -- MSU tops Bowling Green in the CCHA title game, 4-3 in overtime. Ron Scott stops a penalty shot by BGSU All-American Brian Hills during the extra stanza to set the stage for Mark Hamway's winning goal.

Dec. 30, 1983 -- For the second straight year, MSU and Michigan Tech play before a North American record crowd in the Great Lakes Invitational finals. 21,402 see a 6-2 MSU win at Joe Louis Arena.

March 10, 1984 -- The Spartans win their third straight CCHA playoff championship, defeating Western Michigan, 5-0, with Norm Foster in goal.

March 23, 1984 -- After reaching the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 17 years, MSU falls to Bowling Green, 2-1, in the semifinals.

Dec. 29, 1984 -- The Great Lakes Invitational championship game produces the third straight North American record crowd, as MSU defeats Michigan Tech again, 7-0, in front of 21,576 at Joe Louis Arena.

March 6, 1985 -- MSU wins its fourth straight CCHA playoff title with a 5-1 win over Lake Superior State. Goalie Norm Foster is the MVP after allowing just one goal in two games.

March 24, 1985 -- In possibly the most painful loss in MSU history, Providence knocks the "Super Team" out of the NCAA tournament, 4-2. Providence goalie Chris Terreri stops 50 MSU shots and its season at an NCAA record 38 wins. MSU outscores its opponents by more than two-to-one on the season, and 18 members of the team go on to sign professional contracts.

Dec. 14-15, 1985 -- Mike Donnelly scores eight goals in a two-game seep of Ohio State. Five come in Saturday's 6-5 win, including the game-winner in overtime.

Dec. 27, 1985 -- MSU records its fourth straight Great Lakes Invitational title over Michigan Tech, 2-1.

March 27, 1986 -- MSU defeats Minnesota in the NCAA semifinals, 6-4, as goalie Norm Foster kicks out 42 shots.

March 29, 1986 -- MSU wins its second national championship, downing Harvard, 6-5, in Providence, R.I., on Mike Donnelly's NCAA-West record 59th goal of the season.

March 28, 1987 -- MSU finishes runner-up in the NCAA tournament, falling to North Dakota, 5-3, in the championship game.

Dec. 16, 1988 -- Ron Mason moves into second place on the all-time NCAA Division I hockey coaches' win list with No. 556, as the Spartans shut out Ferris State, 3-0.

March 12, 1989 -- MSU captures its sixth CCHA playoff crown in eight years with a 4-1 win over Lake Superior State, as goalie Jason Muzzatti earns tourney MVP honors.

April 1, 1989 -- Making its third trip to the NCAA Final Four in the last four years, and fourth trip in the last six seasons, MSU finishes third with a 7-4 consolation win over Maine.

Dec. 10, 1989 -- Ron Mason notches his 300th victory at MSU as the Spartans down Michigan, 11-4, at Munn Arena.

Feb. 3, 1990 -- Ron Mason becomes only the second hockey coach in NCAA history to reach the 600-win plateau as MSU defeats Ohio State, 4-2, in Columbus, Ohio.

Feb. 17, 1990 -- MSU makes it back-to-back regular-season CCHA championships -- and four in six years -- with a 5-2 win over Michigan at Yost Arena

Feb. 23, 1990 -- MSU extends its record CCHA unbeaten string to 27 games (24-0-3) with a 4-3 win at Lake Superior State. The win also established what was then a CCHA record for points in a season.

March 11, 1990 -- The Spartans win their seventh CCHA playoff championship in nine years, besting Lake Superior State, 4-3. Peter White is the tourney MVP.

April 1, 1990 -- Kip Miller, just the second Spartan ever to record 100 points in a season, becomes MSU's only Hobey Baker Memorial Award Recipient, named by the Decathlon Athletic Club of Bloomington, Minn.

March 28, 1992 -- Backed by Mike Gilmore's 36-save performance, Michigan State edges Maine, 3-2, to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in four years.

April 26, 1992 -- Ron Mason accepts the Spencer Penrose Award as 1991-92 AHCA Division I Coach of the Year.

Nov. 21, 1992 -- Ron Mason gets MSU win No. 368, 6-2 over UIC, surpassing Amo Bessone (367, 1951-79) as the Spartans' winningest hockey coach.

March 12, 1993 -- Ron Mason gets career win No. 674 -- 6-5 over Kent -- to become the winningest U.S. college hockey coach in history, surpassing Len Ceglarski (Clarkson and Boston College). Co-captain Wes McCauley nets the game-winner in the third period of this CCHA first-round playoff contest.

Jan. 21, 1994 -- The Spartans knock off Michigan, ranked No. 1 in the nation, by a 6-3 score in Ann Arbor, giving Ron Mason his 400th victory as the Spartan head coach.

March 18, 1994 -- Trailing by a 2-0 score with under 10 minutes remaining, the Spartans top Bowling Green in overtime, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the CCHA playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Junior Steve Guolla scores all three goals, giving Ron Mason career victory No. 698 and making him the winningest coach in college hockey history, passing former University of Alberta mentor Clare Drake.

March 14, 1997 -- MSU overcomes a 3-0 third-period deficit to beat Miami in overtime, 4-3, in the CCHA semifinals, giving Ron Mason his 775th career victory.

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