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Hockey Resumes Rivalry With Michigan on Thursday and Friday
Mackenzie MacEachern
Mackenzie MacEachern

Jan. 22, 2014

No. 14 Michigan ( 10-6-2, 2-2-0-0 B1G) vs. Michigan State (8-10-3, 2-2-2-2 B1G)
Dates Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Location Thursday - Joe Louis Arena | Detroit (20,066)
Friday - East Lansing | Munn Arena (6,470)
Promotions Thursday - Offer Code: SPARTANS | Friday - White Out
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On The Fly...

• The Spartans face Michigan on Thursday for the second of what will be at least five meetings between the teams this season ... In the first meeting of the season, the Spartans blanked the then-No. 3 Wolverines, 3-0, in the GLI Consolation Game on Dec. 28.

• Michigan State currently stands alone in third place in the Big Ten at 2-2-2-2 (W-L-T-SW) with 10 points ... The Spartans are two points behind Wisconsin and four ahead of Michigan.

• Goaltender Jake Hildebrand and forward Lee Reimer were recognized as the Big Ten's First and Third Stars of the Week, respectively, for their performances last weekend vs. Penn State.

Jake Hildebrand stopped 77 of 79 shots last weekend (.975 save percentage) and posted his second shutout of the season ... He has two shutouts in the Spartans' last five games, giving him four for his career ... He ranks third in the Big Ten with a .929 save percentage.

• Linemates Lee Reimer (2-2-4), Dean Chelios (1-3-4) and Greg Wolfe (1-3-4) led the Spartans against Penn State with four points each ... The trio accounted for every Spartan point in the 3-0 win on Jan. 17 as each player had a goal and two assists ... It marked the first time this season MSU had three players with plus-3 ratings in one game ... Reimer followed up on Saturday by scoring the game winner in the 3-2 victory.

• With goals both nights against the Nittany Lions last weekend, it marked the first time in 124-career games that Lee Reimer scored in consecutive contests.

• The Spartans are 3-1-1 in their last five games, a stretch that started with the 3-0 win over Michigan in the GLI ... Matt Berry leads MSU in scoring in the last five games, posting four goals and two assists.

• MSU is coming off its first conference sweep last weekend as it downed Penn State, 3-0 and 3-2, at Munn Arena ... The sweep was the Spartans' third this season (AIC - 5-4, 4-0; Princeton - 4-1, 8-2) and first of a conference opponent since Feb. 17-18, 2012 when they beat Alaska, 3-2 in overtime, and 3-0, in at CCHA series at home.

Greg Wolfe leads the Spartans in goals (9) and points (17) ... His 17 points rank in a tie for 12th in the Big Ten.

• Michigan State leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots per game at 17.33 ... The Spartans' 364 total blocks this season are 54 more than Ohio State, which has the next most in the conference ... Travis Walsh leads MSU in blocked shots with a total of 43 ... His 2.39 blocks per game average ranks 10th nationally and second in the Big Ten.

• MSU is third in the Big Ten and 18th in the country in faceoff winning percentage at .519 ... Mike Ferrantino leads all Spartans with .552 (144-127) winning percentage, which ranks ninth in the conference.

Jake Chelios has seven assists over the last eight games and 13 on the season, which is good for first among all Big Ten defensemen ... His 15 points rank second among defensemen in the conference.

Jake Hildebrand (First Star) and Lee Reimer (Third Star) were both honored by the Big Ten on Tuesday for their performances last weekend vs. Penn State. Hildebrand posted a .975 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA as he registered his second shutout of the season with a career-high 48-save performance on Friday. Reimer led MSU with two goals and two assists, including scoring the game-winner on Saturday. He tallied a point on all three Spartan goals Friday with one goal and two assists in a 3-0 win.

The First-Star recognition is Hildebrand's second in the last three weeks, while the honor is the first of Reimer's career.

Greg Wolfe led all Spartans in plus/minus with a plus-5 rating, while linemates Reimer and Dean Chelios were both plus-4.
Travis Walsh recorded nine blocks in the series, including six in the 3-0 win, which tied a career high.
• Reimer led all Spartan centers in the faceoff circle, going 22-12 (.647).
• The Spartans were outshot, 79-61, in the series, but outshot Penn State by a combined margin of 27-18 in the first period.

• Michigan and Michigan State have met more than any other two programs in college hockey as Thursday's game will mark the 296th game between the schools ... Colorado College and Denver rank second, having played 292 games against each other.
• Michigan State and Michigan exited the CCHA as the winningest programs in the conference's 40-year history ... The Spartans led all CCHA schools with 586 wins and .661 winning percentage, while Michigan ranked second with 558 wins and a .630 winning percentage.
• The Spartans are 1-4 against the Wolverines in the last five meetings between the teams at The Joe ... MSU's last win against the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena was Jan. 29, 2011 - a 2-1 victory.

• Defenseman RJ Boyd is a team-best plus-6 and 13 players have a plus rating.
• Goaltender Jake Hildebrand has two shutouts with a 1.58 GAA and a .952 save percentage ... He has made at least 28 stops in four of the five games.
• Thirteen different Spartans have registered at least a point.
Matt Berry has a team-best four goals and six points.
• Defenseman Jake Chelios has five assists, having picked up helpers in four of the five games.

Matt Berry (3 goals, 2 assists) leads the Spartans in goals while Greg Wolfe (1 goal, 5 assists) leads the team in points.
• Wolfe, Dean Chelios and Jake Chelios have five assists each to lead the team.
Jake Hildebrand's save percentage in Big Ten games (.941) is .012 higher than his overall season save percentage (.929).
Mike Ferrantino is the Spartans' leader in shots on goal (22) and Wolfe leads the team with a plus-5 rating.

• MSU extinguished six of seven PSU power plays last weekend and has killed 16-of-19 (.842) penalties over the last six games.
• The Spartans are 3-for-19 (.157) on the power play over the last six games ... The Spartans had a power-play goal in three consecutive games from Dec. 27-Jan. 10, which is their longest streak of the season and longest since it had at least one power play goal in six consecutive games from Feb. 3-18, 2012.
• Three of Matt Berry's five total goals have come on the power play ... Jake Chelios leads the Spartans in points on the power-play (1 goal, 5 assists).
Greg Wolfe (1 goal, 1 assist) and Lee Reimer (1 goal, 1 assist) share the team lead in shorthanded scoring.

Greg Wolfe is tied for 12th in points with 17 (8 goals, 9 assists).
Travis Walsh is tied for the lead in blocked shots with 43 and his 2.39 blocks per game average ranks second.
Matt Berry's three power-play goals are tied for sixth in the conference...He has played at least eight fewer games than any other player that has three or more power-play goals.
Jake Chelios' 13 assists are tied for seventh.

Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand ranks third in the Big Ten with a .929 save percentage, while his two shutouts are tied with Minnesota's Adam Wilcox for the league lead. Hildebrand's 1278:52 minutes played and 525 saves also rank second to Wilcox.

Over the last 11 games, the Spartans are 5-3-3 and the sophomore has yielded more than two goals just twice in that span. He has a 1.79 GAA and .946 save percentage over the stretch.

Jake Chelios is making the most of his senior season, leading all Big Ten defensemen in assist with 13 and ranking second in points at 15. His 13 assists are the most by a Spartan defenseman since Torey Krug's 22 in 2011-12. Chelios' four-game point streak (0-5-5) from Dec. 27-Jan. 11 was the longest of his career.

The Spartans continue to be one of the best shot-blocking teams in the nation, currently ranking fourth in the country in blocked shots per game at 17.33. Their 364 total blocks lead the Big Ten and rank seventh nationally.

The five Spartan defensemen that have played in 18 of the Spartans' 21 games this season all rank in the top-10 in blocked shots in the Big Ten: Walsh (43), Krygier (40), Boyd (38), Holland (36) and Jake Chelios (34).

MSU blocked 22 shots in the 3-0 win over Penn State, marking the ninth time this season they have blocked at least 20 shots in a game.

With five goals in the last six games, junior Matt Berry has been the Spartans' hottest scorer of late. His four-game scoring streak, which came to a close on Friday vs. Penn State, is the longest of any Spartan this season and tied the longest of his career.

Berry was the Spartans' leading scorer a season ago (15-16-31), but missed 12 games this season, including the first eight, after offseason surgery. He has appeared in each of the last six games.

The Spartans have already appeared in three shootouts this season, going 2-1. MSU also took part in three shootouts last year, but went 1-2. The Spartans topped Minnesota, 1-0, in three rounds on Dec. 6; lost to Michigan Tech, 2-1, in five rounds on Dec. 27 and defeated Ohio State, 3-2, in six rounds on Jan. 11.

Mike Ferrantino has been the Spartans' best shooter, scoring on two of his three attempts, while in goal, Jake Hildebrand has stopped nine of 13 opponent attempts.

Mike Ferrantino has been one of the Spartans' most consistent players this season and continued his production of late with one goal and two assists in the last four games. He had assists in both games vs. Ohio State and then scored the first goal of the game in Saturday's 3-2 win over Penn State.

Ferrantino is tied for the team lead in plus/minus at plus-6. He has been a minus player in just two of 21 games this year. He is also the team leader in faceoff winning percentage at .552.

Michigan State has won more faceoffs than its opponents in 12 of 20 games this season. Three Spartan centers that have played at least 20 games have a faceoff winning percentage of .500 or better: Mike Ferrantino - .552 (144-117), Lee Reimer - .534 (188-164) and Thomas Ebbing - .507 (155-151).

Jake Chelios is one of 10 players in the nation to have appeared in at least 136 consecutive games. He enters Thursday with a streak of 137 consecutive games played.

Mackenzie MacEachern, Thomas Ebbing and Villiam Haag have played together in 12 games this season - the most of any Spartan line combination this season. The rookies have produced a 9-8-17 scoring line when playing together, which is the third-highest point total of any MSU line combination this season.

True freshmen Mackenzie MacEachern (6-4-10), Villiam Haag (5-3-8), Joe Cox (5-4-9), Thomas Ebbing (2-5-7), and JT Stenglein (1-0-1) have combined for 35 points so far this season, which equates to 24.1% of the team's total points. Their 19 combined goals equate to 38% of the team's total.

A total of 17 former Spartan hockey players have played in the NHL this season - tied for the second-most alums from any college currently playing in the NHL. Spartans that have played in the NHL this season include: Torey Krug (Boston), Ryan Miller (Buffalo), John-Michael Liles (Carolina), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Corey Tropp (Columbus), Shawn Horcoff (Dallas), Chris Mueller (Dallas), Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), Drew Miller (Detroit), Jeff Petry (Edmonton), Corey Potter (Edmonton), Derek Grant (Ottawa), Mike Weaver (Florida), Adam Hall (Philadelphia), Tim Kennedy (Phoenix), David Booth (Vancouver) and Jim Slater (Winnipeg).

The Spartans will hit the road next weekend to take on No. 1 Minnesota Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis.




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