2011-12 team brought program back to NCAA Tournament, but standards are higher
Berry has lone goal for MSU.
Spartans return to NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008
MSU looks to change recent playoff history
Friday loss to Notre Dame was 11th straight game without a win
Michigan State skates to a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 20.
2010-11 (Junior) Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Finished the yeaer with two goals and three assists in 37 games ... Played a regular role on the Spartan blueline, mostly paired with Jake Chelios or Zach Josepher ... Managed two blocked shots in the season opener against Maine (10/16) and at home against Ferris State (11/23) ... First point of the season came as an assist on Torey Krug's first-period goal against Ohio State (11/13) ... Assisted on Lee Reimer's first collegiate tally, a first-period score against Colorado College (12/29) ... Also recorded a career-best five blocked shots in the contest against the Tigers ... Was a +2 with four blocked shots in the win and tie at Lake Superior (1/14-15) ... Scored his first of the year, the eventual game-winner, in a 2-0 shutout at Ohio State (2/4) ...+2 and blocked three shots in the Alaska series (2/18-19) ... Had a goal and an assist against Alaska in the CCHA First Round series.
2009-10 (Sophomore): Appeared in 20 games, with a 1-5-6 scoring line ... Spent the regular season platooning with classmate Brock Shelgren at right defense, playing with Matt Crandell ... +3 ... A steady, reliable defender ... Had a pair of assists and was a +3 in the season opener against Clarkson ... Scored his first goal of the season at Maine (10/16) ... Recorded an assist on Dustin Gazley's game-winning goal against Western Michigan (10/30) ... Assisted on another Gazley tally at Northern Michigan (12/5) ... Had an assist and was a +3 in MSU's commanding 10-1 victory over Michigan Tech in the Great Lakes Invitational semifinals (12/29) ... Dressed in three of the final four games of the season.
2008-09 (Freshman): Recorded a goal and six assists (seven points) in 38 games ... One of just five players to appear in all 38 games, and one of two freshmen (along with centerman Daultan Leveille) to do so ... Team's second-leading scorer among blueliners ... Notched first-career point by assisting on Jeff Petry's power-play goal in 2-1 loss to Boston University in Ice Breaker Invitational (10/11)...Assisted on Tim Crowder's game-winning goal vs. Massachusetts-Lowell (10/17)...Recorded an assist on Matt Schepke's tally in 3-1 loss at Nebraska-Omaha (11/22)...Assisted on Tim Crowder's first-period strike in 4-1 win over Miami (1/16)...Scored his first career goal in 6-2 loss to Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (1/23)...Assisted on Matt Schepke's power-play tally in 3-2 win over Bowling Green (2/20)...Credited an assist on Daultan Leveille's third-period goal in 5-3 loss to Northern Michigan in first round of CCHA Tournament (3/6).
Prior to MSU: Played two seasons for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... In 2007-08, was the squad's top-scoring defenseman, as he scored six goals and added 26 assists for 32 points, contributed three power-play goals, and was a +15 in 60 games ... Fourth on the team in assists, and was sixth in plus/minus... ... Selected to participate in the 2008 USHL All-Star Game ... Helped the Steel to a 32-22-6 record in his final season in Chicago, and into the USHL semifinals ... Had two-year totals of eight goals and 43 assists (51 points) with 70 PIM in 119 games ... Attended Catholic Central High School before playing in Chicago (2002-06), where he played four years of varsity hockey, and earned All-Catholic and all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Helped Catholic Central to state championships in 2003 and 2005.
Personal: Born Dec. 3, 1987, in Royal Oak, Mich. ... Son of Linda and Rick Buttery ... Finance major ... Has a brother, Ricky, and a sister, Kaitlyn, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 ... ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Nick Lidstrom, because "he makes smart plays with and without the puck all over the ice. He makes everything look easy and leads by example." ... Notes that his father is his biggest hockey influence - "He got my brother and I started on hockey and has been there to guide me in all my years of playing." ... Idol is Steve Yzerman - "He played with a great passion and desire for the game. He is a class act who is respected by all." ... Enjoys golf.
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