Rivalry Redux - Spartans Face UM
Jan. 30, 2013
MSU readies for a home-and-Joe series with archrival Michigan. The teams play Friday in Ann Arbor, then on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Friday's game will be the 293rd game between the storied rivals, and this is the most-played rivalry in College Hockey - and possibly the most fierce.
MSU trails in the all-time series with Michigan, 126-147-19. Earlier this season, the teams split a home-and-home series, each winning on its home sheet. Michigan defeated MSU in the GLI consolation game in the most recent meeting.
In games played in Ann Arbor, MSU trails in the all-time series by a 44-72-4 margin. The Spartans own an 85-58-7 all-time record in games played at Joe Louis Arena, which includes an 18-26-5 mark against the Wolverines.
With this series now at 292 games played between the two rivals, this is the most-played rivalry in college hockey - and certainly qualifies among the most heated. College Hockey's Most-Played Rivalries (through Jan. 31).
Teams First Gm. GP Series Michigan State vs Michigan 1922 292 UM: 147-126-19 North Dakota vs Minnesota 1948 283 MN: 138-130-15 Colorado College vs Denver 1949-50 285 DU; 159-111-15 Minnesota vs Michigan Tech 1922 267 MN: 173-78-15 Minnesota vs Michigan 1923 260 MN: 128-117-15 Michigan has won 147 games in this series, but 41 of those wins came between 1922 and 1957. The Spartans recorded only two victories in that span. There is a five-game discrepancy between MSU and U-M's all-time series records, tracing back to a discrepancy in records from the early 1920's. The MSU records have four more Wolverine victories and one for the Spartans.
Of the 19 ties between the teams, 12 of them have come since the start of the 2000-01 season.
Three of the last seven games between MSU and UM have gone into overtime. UM won two of those matchups, while the third settled in a 3-3 tie and MSU won the shootout for the extra point in the CCHA standings.
GENERAL TEAM NOTES
MSU split last weekend's series against Big Ten foe Penn State. MSU took the first game by a 5-3 margin, and the Nittany Lions rebounded with a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Saturday.
MSU's 16 losses is as many as it recorded in the 2011-12 season.
Michigan State has yet to record back-to-back victories this season - MSU is 0-4-3 in games after a win.
MSU is 8-0-1 when scoring three or more goals this season, and 0-16-2 when scoring two or fewer. On 12 occasions, the Spartans have scored one goal or less.
MSU's crowd for last Saturday's game vs. Ferris State was 6,132, the eighth time in the last nine home games that the Spartans had a 6000+ attendance at Munn Ice Arena this season. Friday night's crowd of 5,605 snapped a streak of seven straight.
MSU's eight near-capacity crowds is the most games of 6,000+ fans since the 2006-07 National Championship season, which also 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 5,844 fans over its 13 home contests this season.
The Spartans have played a majority of their games on the road this season (14 of 26), and are 2-10-2 in games away from Munn Ice Arena.
MSU's win over PSU last Friday was just it's second Friday night victory this season - the first was a come-from-behind victory over Niagara in October. The Spartans are 5-6-2 on Saturdays.
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 27 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 10. Miami (1.54 goals per game), , Minnesota (1.85 gpg), Western Michigan (1.85 gpg) Notre Dame (2.04 gpg), Ohio State (2.12 gpg) and Niagara (2.25) are all in the top 10 nationally, while Ferris State (2.38 gpg, 14th) and Bowling Green (2.54 gpg, 19th) 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.
Saturday's loss to Penn State snapped an 11-game non-conference unbeaten streak for the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena. MSU's last loss to a non-conference foe at home was on Nov. 28, 2009 - a 2-1 loss to Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase.
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.
MSU 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 26-32-7 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 Penn State. The kill is 85/ 99 (85.9%) on the season, good for fifth in the CCHA and 12th nationally .
MSU got a power-play marker from Tanner Sorenson on Friday night, the game-winner in the third period. MSU's power play is operating at a 15.5% success rate (16/103) on the season - good for sixth in the CCHA.
MSU is 6-3-1 when scoring a power play goal, but 1-13-2 when failing to score with a man advantage.
MSU has now allowed four shorthanded markers this season, and is 2-2 in those games.
TRENDS, STREAKS, AND TENDENCIES
The Spartans have scored 10 goals in Jake Hildebrand's 11 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.
MSU has been unable to win back-to-back games this season - the Spartans are 0-4-3 in games after a victory.
MSU has allowed its opponent to score first in 18 of its 26 games this season; MSU is 6-2-0 when scoring first and 1-14-3 when allowing the first goal.
MSU is 0-16-2 when scoring two goals or fewer this season. The Spartans are 7-0-1 when scoring three or more.
The Spartans outshot PSU on Friday by a 32-30 margin, the first time since Dec. 30 MSU had outshot an opponent. Penn State returned the favor on Saturday, peppering MSU with a season-high 50 shots. MSU has been outshot in 15 of its last 18 games. On the season, MSU averages 26.8 shots per game, compared to 32.0 per game for its opponents.
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. The sophomore trio of Berry, Darnell, and Sorenson 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 2008-09 and 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.
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.
Brent Darnell (upper body) is expected in the lineup this weekend.
Jake Hildebrand has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of 17 starts. He owns a 2.07 GAA and .937 save percentage, which ranks ninth nationally in save percentage, and is 18th in GAA.
Hildebrand has made 28 saves or more in 13 of his 17 starts, including a career-best 47 in the Jan. 26 game vs. PSU. His previous high was 40 in a 7-2 win over Michigan on Nov. 10.
The Spartans have scored eight goals in Jake Hildebrand's 10 losses. MSU has scored 18 goals in his four wins.
Hildebrand has allowed nearly 25% of his total goals allowed (eight of 36) over his last two starts.
Hildebrand made his career-best seventh and eighth consecutive starts in the Jan. 18/19 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.
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 last Saturday's 5-2 loss at Ferris State.
On Friday, Will Yanakeff made his first start since Dec. 8 and made 27 saves i a 5-3 win.
Tanner Sorenson's two-goal game on Jan. 25 vs. PSU was his first career multiple-goal effort. He scored two goals and eight points in his freshman campaign, and has nearly doubled his freshman year output with an 8-6-14 scoring line.
Greg Wolfe's empty-net tally last Friday was his first score since Nov. 2. He has points in three of the last five games.
Defenseman Travis Walsh had a pair of assists last Friday, his first career multiple-point game.
Michael Ferrantino opened Friday night's scoring with his second career goal. His first came on Nov. 3 at Bowling Green. He assisted on both Spartan goals on Saturday.
Kevin Walrod's Friday goal was his first since Dec. 10 against Michigan. His three-point game (1-2-3) was a career best.
Matt Berry's 11 goals and 20 points has him tied for ninth in the CCHA in points, and tied for fourth in goals. However, he has not scored a goal in his last six games - his last score came in the GLI game vs. Michigan.
Matt DeBlouw's six goals and 10 assists (16 points) has him tied for third 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). He missed both of last weekend's games with an upper body injury.
Freshman John Draeger tied his career best with seven blocked shots in Saturday's game against Penn State. He leads the team with 62 blocked shots. He ranks second in that category among Division I players, behind Boston University's Alex Privitera (70).
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