B1G Hockey Preview As MSU Hosts Penn State
Jan. 24, 2013
|Michigan State vs. Penn State|
|Dates||Fri./Sat, Jan. 25-26, 2013|
|Game Times||(F) 7:05 p.m. | (S) 6:05 p.m.|
|Location|| East Lansing, Mich..;
Munn Ice Arena (Cap. 6,470; 200x85)
|Televison||(S) Big Ten Network|
|Radio|| WJIM 1240 AM |
(F) WGHN 1370 AM in Grand Haven
|Tickets||Spartan Ticket Office
|Game Notes||Michigan State | Penn State|
|Internet Coverage||Live Stats | Live Audio|
|Social Media||@MSU_Hockey | Facebook|
|Press Conference Video||Head Coach Tom Anastos|
|Promotions|| Junior Spartans Weekend
(S) Post-Game Autograph Session (Juniors)
(F) Four Seats, Four Treats | (S) Family Four Pack
The Spartans prepare for a weekend series, their first-ever meetings with Penn State.
PSU is playing its first season of varsity hockey and will join MSU and four other Big Ten squads to play in the Big Ten's hockey conference in 2013-14. Former Alaska and Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky is the PSU mentor.
GENERAL TEAM NOTES
MSU was swept last weekend in a home-and-home series with Ferris State, which posted a 5-2 win at home Saturday after a 2-1 win over MSU at Munn last Friday evening.. The Spartans fell, 3-0, to the US NTDP on Tuesday in an exhibition tilt.
Michigan State has yet to record back-to-back victories this season - MSU is 0-3-3 in games after a win.
MSU's crowd for last Friday's game vs. Ferris State was 6,011, the Spartans' seventh straight game with 6000+ attendance at Munn Ice Arena this season. It is the most games of 6,000+ fans since the 2006-07 National Championship season, which had eight.
Three of MSU's crowds of 6,000 or better have been sellouts (6,470+), and MSU has won each of those games - vs. Michigan (Dec. 10), vs. Ferris State (Dec. 15) and Notre Dame (Jan. 12).
MSU ranks seventh nationally in home attendance, and is the top team in the CCHA. MSU has averaged 5,839 fans over its 10 home contests this season.
The Spartans have played a majority of their games on the road this season (14 of 23), and are 2-10-2 in games away from Munn Ice Arena.
MSU has won on a Friday night just once this season, a come-from-behind victory over Niagara at home. The Spartans are a much more respectable 5-5-2 on Saturdays.
MSU just completed a stretch where eight of 10 games are against Notre Dame and Ferris State (four each). The other two games were in the Great Lakes Invitational against Western Michigan and Michigan.
MSU is 0-0-3 this season in overtime games. MSU won the non-conference shootout against Niagara in November, 4 and lost the shootout after a 2-2 tie with Miami in conference play. Most recently, a shootout loss to Western Michigan denied the Spartans a shot in the Great Lakes Invitational final..
The Spartans have just one two-game road series remaining in the regular season - when they play at Alaska (Feb. 22-23).
Michigan State has played 19 of its 24 games against eight teams which are among the nation's top 20 in team defense, and 13 of those games came against teams ranked in the top nine. Miami (1.58 goals per game), , Minnesota (1.88 gpg), Western Michigan (1.88 gpg) Notre Dame (2.00 gpg), Niagara (2.14) and Ohio State (2.17 gpg) are all in the top eight nationally, while Ferris State (2.33 gpg, 13th) and Lake Superior State (2.42 gpg, 16th) and round out MSU opponents in the top 20 defensively.
The Spartan schedule thus far has featured stiff competition. MSU opened the season at No. 2 Minnesota, and played its other non-conference series against Atlantic Hockey leader Niagara. MSU has played an additional nine conference games against nationally-ranked opponents Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, and Ferris State. While the GLI tie with the Broncos will not register in the conference standings, it is the 12th game this season for MSU against a ranked opponent.
Over the last two-plus seasons, MSU is undefeated at home in non-conference games. MSU was 3-0-1 last season against Robert Morris and Minnesota, and was 2-0-2 against Alabama-Huntsville and Maine in 2010-11. MSU is now 1-0-1 in 2012-13, with only this weekend's series against future Big Ten foe Penn State remaining in the non-conference schedule.
At the game against Michigan on Nov. 10, a new Munn Ice Arena attendance figure of 7,225 was achieved, bettering the previous record of 7,121 set on March 1, 2001 - also against the Wolverines.
Michigan State was selected seventh in the pre-season poll of Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) head coaches, and sixth in a survey of the conference's media.
Michigan State is no longer receiving votes in the USCHO.com Top 20 poll or the USA Hockey Magazine poll (top 15).
A total of 25 Michigan State hockey games - including 16 of 19 home regular-season contests - will be televised during the 2012-13 season. Twenty-four games of the 50-game CCHA regular-season schedule involve the Spartans.
Tom Anastos owns a 25-31-6 overall record in his second season behind the bench. He is the only coach in MSU history to lead his team to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season at the helm. He was a CCHA Coach of the Year finalist in 2012.
In addition to moving indoors to Joe Louis Arena, another side effect of the cancellation of the Winter Classic is that MSU debuted its script "Michigan State" logo jerseys earlier than anticipated. The Spartans had planned on unveiling their vintage-look sweaters at the GLI - a return of the script "Michigan State" logo which was an iconic look for the Spartans for nearly 30 years. MSU is 3-3-1 in the white script jerseys this season, and is 0-1-0 in the script road greens.
Heading into the final season of the CCHA, MSU sits second all-time in CCHA regular-season crowns, with seven (Michigan owns 11). MSU's 11 Tournament titles is three more than Michigan's eight.
MSU's penalty kill went 6-for-7 in the weekend series against Ferris State, and is 80-of-93 (86.0%) on the season, good for fifith in the CCHA and 13th nationally .
MSU got a power-play marker from Lee Reimer in Saturday's game at Ferris State. MSU's power play is operating at a 15.8% success rate, (15/90), which is good for fourth in the CCHA.
TRENDS, STREAKS, AND TENDENCIES
Michigan State has been shut out five times this season, tying a program high. MSU was also shut out five times in 2010-11, and in 2008-09.
The Spartans have scored eight goals in Jake Hildebrand's 10 losses. MSU has scored 18 goals in his four wins.
MSU is 0-7-1 in the first game of a two-game CCHA series this season, but is 4-4-0 in the second game.
Michigan State has scored 20 of its 44 goals this season in the third period. Conversely, 45 of the 66 the Spartans have allowed have come in the first or second period.
Matt Berry lead the Spartans with points in 12 of MSU's 24 games. Matt DeBlouw, has points in ten, Brent Darnell in nine, Tanner Sorenson in eight, while Lee Reimer and Greg Wolfe have points in seven.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
MSU has allowed its opponent to score first in 18 of its 24 games this season; MSU is 5-1-0 when scoring first and 1-14-3 when allowing the first goal.
MSU is 0-7-1 in the first game of a two-game CCHA series this season, but has gone 4-4-0 in the second game.
MSU has been outshot in 14 of its last 16 games. On the season, MSU averages 26.3 shots per game, compared to 31.4 per game for its opponents.
Thirteen skaters have appeared in all 24 games, and each of them have at least one point.
Freshman netminder Jake Hildebrand has 10 losses on the season, and the Spartans have scored just eight goals in those ten games combined.
Jake Hildebrand has allowed more than two goals in just three of his 16 starts this season, a 3-2 loss at Notre Dame on Dec. 7, the 5-2 game against Michigan at the GLI in which he allowed four, and MSU's most recent game, a 5-2 loss at Ferris State.
Seven different players have each had at least two multiple-point games each this season: John Draeger, Tanner Sorenson, Matt DeBlouw, Brent Darnell, Matt Berry, Lee Reimer, and Greg Wolfe. Berry and Darnell each have four, leading the team in multiple-point efforts.
MSU has been shut out a school-record five times this season, and three of those games were a 1-0 score. MSU was also shut out five times in 2010-11.
Michigan State owns a 17-12 record all-time in 1-0 games. Three of MSU's 12 losses in a 1-0 game have come this season. MSU has suffered 1-0 losses to Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
MSU is 0-15-2 when scoring two goals or fewer this season. The Spartans are 6-0-1 when scoring three or more.
On four occasions, the Spartans have allowed just one goal - but are 1-2-1 in those games.
Senior forward Dean Chelios (upper body) and freshman defenseman Rhett Holland (upper body) each had season-ending surgery in November will miss the 2012-13 season. Both plan to apply for a medical redshirt.
Redshirt freshman Branden Carney has been medically disqualified from continuing his hockey career. Carney fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae in a practice fall last October. While his career in a "collision sport" is over, he is expected to lead a full life with virtually no limitations.
Freshman David Bondra has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
Jake Hildebrand has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of 16 starts. He owns a 2.02 GAA and .937 save percentage, which ranks ninth nationally in save percentage, and is 15th in GAA.
Hildebrand has made 28 saves or more in 12 of his 16 starts.
The Spartans have scored eight goals in Jake Hildebrand's 10 losses. MSU has scored 18 goals in his four wins.
Hildebrand made his career-best seventh and eighth consecutive starts in last week's Ferris State series. His six straight starts back in November/early December made him the first freshman to make six consecutive starts since Jeff Lerg in 2005-06, who's first six consecutive starts came in January that season.
Ryan Keller's first-period goal vs. Ferris on Friday was the first of his collegiate career. Keller missed 13 games in the first half with injury.
Lee Reimer scored a power-play goal for the Spartans on Saturday, his first goal since Nov. 2. He has a 3-8-11 scoring line this season.
Matt Berry has tied his freshman-year total with 11 goals, which is the second-most in the CCHA and is the fourth-highest total nationally. His 20 points has surpassed his freshman-year total of 19.
Berry was wistled for a checking from behind major and game disqualification in the waning minutes of MSU's exhibition game with the USNTDP on Tuesday. He will be ineligible for Friday's game as a result of the DQ.
Tanner Sorenson has tripled his freshman-year goal output, and he scored sixth marker of the season against Notre Dame (Jan. 18) He has a 6-6-12 scoring line this season after eight points as a first-year player.
Matt DeBlouw's six goals and 10 assists (16 points) has him tied for second among CCHA freshmen in points.
Brent Darnell has surpassed his freshman-year total of 13 points (five goals, eight assists), and he is in the second spot in the team's scoring chart (6-9-15).
Freshman John Draeger blocked a career-high seven shots last Friday, and leads the team with 52 blocked shots. Fellow freshman and blueliner Travis Walsh is second on the team with 35, tied with senior Matt Grassi.
Junior Jake Chelios played his 100th career game last Saturday against Ferris State.