#2 Spartan Hockey vs. Ferris State: Game Notes
Nation's best defense leads MSU in search of school-record unbeaten streak.
March 4, 1999
Date March 5
Site Munn Ice Arena (6,170)
Time 7 p.m.
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The Note of the Night
The best defense ever - Michigan States team defense of 1.31 goals against per game is the best in the modern era of college hockey (since the Depression) and fourth-best overall among teams playing 10 or more games in a season. In addition, sophomore goaltender Joe Blackburn is among the best statistical goaltenders in college hockey history. The top five in each category (complete findings in back of this packet):
Team GA/Game (min. 10 GP) Team GA/Game, post-Depression 1.00 Harvard, 1916-17 (10 GA/10 GP) 1.31 MICHIGAN STATE, 1998-99 (46 GA/35 GP) 1.17 Boston University, 1928-29 (14 GA/12 GP)1.48 Cornell, 1967-68 (43 GA/29 GP) 1.29 Boston College, 1922-23 (18 GA/14 GP) 1.59 Cornell, 1966-67 (46 GA/29 GP) 1.31 MICHIGAN STATE, 1998-99 (46 GA/35 GP) 1.73 Michigan State, 1997-98 (76 GA/44 GP) 1.38 Harvard, 1930-31 (18 GA, 13 GP) 1.84 Denver, 1960-61 (59 GA/32 GP)
Goaltender GAA (1/3 of teams games) Goaltender Save Pct. (1/3 of teams games) 1.27 Godfrey Wood, Harvard, 1961-62 .945 Ken Dryden, Cornell, 1966-67 Bob Peters, North Dakota, 1957-58 .943 Godfrey Wood, Harvard, 1961-62 1.34 JOE BLACKBURN, MSU, 1998-99 .938 Ken Dryden, Cornell, 1967-68 1.46 Ken Dryden, Cornell, 1966-67 .936 JOE BLACKBURN, MSU, 1998-99 1.52 Ken Dryden, Cornell, 1967-68 Ken Dryden, Cornell, 1968-69
This information was compiled through available media guides and the cooperation of various sports information offices. It may be incomplete, especially in early years. Any additions or corrections to these records should be directed to Nate Ewell in the MSU Sports Information Office.
Three More Notes No Media Person Should Be Without
1. Streak softly and carry a big stick - Michigan State could set a new school record for longest unbeaten streak with a win or a tie tonight. The Spartans have not lost in 22 games, equaling the school record set from Dec. 29, 1984, to Feb. 15, 1985. MSU last loss Nov. 29 at Minnesota and the streak began Dec. 4 vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
2. A special team - Michigan State has scored as many short-handed goals (12) as its opponents have scored power-play goals. MSU leads the nation with a 92.6 percent penalty-killing unit and has not allowed a power-play goal in the last six games (24 opportunities). Three Spartans (Rustyn Dolyny, Shawn Horcoff, Mike York) have three SHGs apiece.
The Spartan power play, ranked 10th in the CCHA at one time, has scored at least one goal in 11 of the last 14 games and is clicking at 22.3 percent (15/67) in that span. That figure would lead the league over the course of the full season. MSU was three-for-six on the power play last weekend.
3. The tie guys - Michigan State and Ferris State have tied 11 times in their series history, more ties than MSU has with any other rival. The Spartans are one tie shy of the single-season school record of eight, set in 1991-92 (the last year MSU went to the NCAA Final Four).
Get the Sensation! - Senior center and Hobey Baker candidate Mike York had a short-handed goal, a power-play goal and an assist - all in the third period - to lead MSU to last Saturdays win. He leads the Spartans with 19-23-42 totals. More York notes:
a clutch player, he has scored more than half of his goals in the third period (10 of 19), especially impressive when you consider that 27 of MSUs 25 games have been decided by two goals or less
he has five game-winning goals and has assisted on eight GWGs, both leading the team and meaning that he has had a hand in 13 of MSUs 25 GWGs
17 of his 19 goals have come when the game is tied, MSU trails by a goal or leads by a goal
has had a hand in almost as many goals (42) as MSU opponents have scored (46)
a candidate for CCHA Best Defensive Forward, he leads the CCHA with a +28 rating and has been on the ice just two times when an opponent has scored a five-on-five goal in over 750 shifts
logs between 25 and 30 minutes of ice time each night, often vs. the opponents top line
stands 18th at MSU in career points, 20th in career goals and 16th in career assists
Checking the out-of-town scoreboard ... - Michigan State could face either Miami, Lake Superior or Western Michigan next weekend in the first round of the CCHA Tournament. Listed are the three teams with their current point totals and their opponents this weekend:
Miami (20 points): vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame Lake Superior (19 points): vs. Michigan, vs. Western Michigan Western Michigan (18 points): at Northern Michigan, at Lake Superior
Second-degree Blackburn - Sophomore goaltender and All-American candidate Joe Blackburn, one of the top statistical goaltenders all-time (see p. 1), leads the NCAA in both goals-against average (1.34) and save percentage (.936). He figures to set MSU single-season records in both of those categories and his CCHA league numbers (1.36, .935) are on pace to set new league records as well.
Joes father, Jeffrey, played football at Ferris State.
November rain - Michigan State enters a new month looking for the same success it has found in the previous three. In fact, the Spartans have been unbeaten in four of the five months in which they have competed this year (3-0-2 in October, 5-0-0 in December, 7-0-3 in January and 5-0-3 in February), suffering their only losses in November (5-3-0).
Two few - Michigan State has allowed one goal or less in 25 of 35 games (71.4 percent).
Above and beyond - Michigan State leads the CCHA field by eight points entering this weekend despite being picked for third in the conference. The Spartans could surpass last seasons CCHA point total of 46 with a win or two ties this weekend. MSU currently has 45 points in league play.
Coach of the Year candidate? - Head coach Ron Mason, already the winningest coach in college hockey history, has done one of his best coaching jobs this season. He has led college hockeys best team defense since the Depression (1.31 goals against per game) and has taken a team picked for third in the conference and ran away with the title. The Spartans stand at No. 2 in the national polls.
Mason has been named CCHA Coach of the Year on six occasions (three at MSU) and National Coach of the Year once (1991-92).
More and more streaks - Michigan States school-record unbeaten streak (22 games) isnt the only streak it puts on the line in tonights game. Others:
a 28-game home unbeaten streak (23-0-5), also a school record ... dating back to a loss Dec. 7, 1997 (1-0 to Bowling Green), it started with a 1-1 tie vs. Northern Michigan Jan. 9, 1998
a 19-game CCHA unbeaten streak (14-0-5) ... dating back to a loss at Michigan Nov. 20.
The fries at the bottom of the bag - MSUs three SHGs in 10 minutes at UAF matched the Spartans season total from 44 games last year ... the Alaska trip (3,500 miles, one way) was longer than all of MSUs other road trips this season combined (2,600 miles) ... MSU is 5-1-1 when it takes more penalties than its opponent ... WMU was the first team to score more than one goal in the first period vs. MSU ... freshmen scored MSUs first goal in the first four games of the season ... Hobart Amory Hare Bakers middle name is misspelled on his Hockey Hall of Fame plaque ("Amery") ... MSU is the first college team to have a banner hung in the Joe Louis Arena rafters after its latest GLI title ... MSU set a CCHA league record for team defense last year (1.80 goals against) and has improved upon it this year (1.30) ... Michigan is the only school to ever have both its basketball and hockey teams in the final four in the same season (1964, 1992 and 1993) ...
Say This About Our Players...
1 Mike Gresl (Jr., G)
holds a 7-0-0 record, 1.00 GAA, .949 save percentage
has posted two shutouts (12/4, 1/3)
GLI MVP after posting back-to-back wins with 26 and 24 saves while stepping in for Joe Blackburn, who was with the U.S. National Junior Team
2 Jon Insana (Fr., D)
missed last weekends games with a shoulder injury
has improved as the season has progressed and boasts a +11 rating
set the MSU record for penalty minutes in a game Jan. 23 vs. NMU with 29 PIM
4 Chris Bogas (Sr., D)
second among MSU defensemen in scoring with 13 points (1-12-13)
led the team in plus/minus rating each of his first two years and is +59 for his career
has made a successful return from off-season surgery on his left wrist
5 Mike Weaver (Jr., D)
second among CCHA defensemen with +22
an excellent shot blocker and a defensive defenseman in the mold of Tyler Harlton
an honorable mention All-CCHA selection and GLI MVP last season
led all MSU defensemen with 26 points last year, more than three times his freshman output
7 Brad Hodgins (Jr., D)
second among MSU defensemen with 1-12-13 totals
his goal, a PPG, was the game-winner against Ohio State Nov. 6
8 Curtis Gemmel (Sr., C)
an experienced defensive center with 0-3-3
10 Shawn Horcoff (Jr., C)
second on the team in scoring at 12-19-31
team is 16-0-3 when he has a point
has as many multiple-point games (10) than single-point games (10)
15 of his 36 career goals have come in the third period or OT
14 of his 36 career goals are PPGs
12 Shawn Mather (Fr., C)
has been a solid center with 4-2-6, including two power-play goals
14 Damon Whitten (So., LW)
has 9-4-13 on the season, good for seventh on the team
MSU is 9-0-1 when he has a point
had the game-winner in the GLI title game against Michigan (on the power play) and the game-tying goal vs. U-M Jan. 29
played goaltender until his junior year of high school 16 Bryan Adams (Sr., LW)
leads the team with 19 goals and is third in scoring at 19-11-30
MSU is 13-0-2 when he scores a goal
has 8-1-9 totals in nine games against top-10 opponents
was named the CCHA and national offensive player of the week after totaling 4-2-6 Oct. 23-24
earned last years CCHA Terry Flanagan Award for overcoming adversity
18 Adam Hall (Fr., RW)
leading MSU rookies in points and goals with 10-4-14
has skated with seniors Mike York and Bryan Adams almost all year
played for the U.S. National Junior Team, where he had one assist in six games
ranked 30th among 1999 draft eligible prospects by Red Line Report
19 Rustyn Dolyny (So., RW)
fourth on the team with 14-13-27
named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week with 4-3-7 (3-1-4 short-handed) Jan. 1-3
MSU is 15-0-5 when he has a point
led CCHA rookies in league points last season
unanimous CCHA All-Rookie Team pick
22 Andrew Bogle (So., RW/C)
MSUs Most Improved Player in 1997-98
centers the sophomore line with Damon Whitten and John Nail
24 Andrew Hutchinson (Fr., D)
second among MSU rookies with 1-11-12 and has an assist in nine of his last 15 games
two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week
26 Joe Goodenow (Fr., LW)
had his first two-point game 1/1 vs. UAF
stands third among MSU rookies in points with 2-9-11
recently featured in Sports Illustrated in its NHL notebook
27 Jeff Kozakowski (Sr., D)
leads all CCHA defensemen with a +24 rating (behind only Mike York overall)
broke a 61-game goal-scoring at the GLI with a goal in each game
named to GLI all-tournament team
has 4-10-14 this year to lead all MSU defensemen
30 Joe Blackburn (So., G)
1st in the CCHA and in the NCAA with a 1.34 overall GAA
1st in the CCHA and in the NCAA with a .936 save percentage
on pace to set MSU and CCHA single-season records in GAA and save percentage
has two shutouts (11/14 and 2/12)
made career-best 36 saves vs. NMU Jan. 23
played with the U.S. National Junior Team
made 36 saves to beat Canada 5-2 on New Years Eve in Winnipeg
#61 Mike York GET THE SENSATION!
Senior Center 5-10 185 Captain Waterford, Mich.
leading the team with 19-23-42
leads the team with five game-winning goals and with eight assists on GWGs, meaning he has had a hand in more than half of MSUs GWGs (13 of 25)
10 of his 19 goals have given the Spartans the lead at the time and 17 of 19 were scored while the game was tied or one team led by one goal
has had a hand in almost as many goals (42) as MSU opponents have scored (46)
a terrific two-way player, he is leading all CCHA players with a +28 rating and has only been on the ice for two 5-on-5 opponents goals in over 750 shifts
averages 25 minutes of ice time a game, usually vs. the opponents top line
three-time CCHA Offensive Player of the Week
elected team captain by his teammates after serving as assistant captain last season
named co-captain for Team USA at the North American College Hockey Championships
had a season-high three goals vs. Northern Michigan (Dec. 26) and Miami (Jan. 8), a season-high three assists vs. Ohio State Oct. 23, and a season-high four points vs. Miami (Jan. 8)
returning first-team All-American and Hobey Baker finalist
MSUs active career scoring leader with 189 points (1.25 points per game)
has two points or one-third of his career games
has led the team in scoring each of the last two seasons, the first Spartan to do that since Kip Miller in 1988-89 and 1989-90
could become the first Spartan to lead the team in assists for four seasons and the first in Ron Masons 20 years to lead the team in points three times
leads all current Spartans in career scoring at Joe Louis Arena with nine goals and 10 assists (19 points) in 13 games
1998 CCHA Tournament MVP after scoring two goals -- both from behind the goal line -- in the CCHA title game stands 18th among MSU career scorers, 20 points out of the top 10 and 11 points shy of 200
wears No. 61, the reverse of the No. 16 worn by his childhood hockey hero, Pat LaFontaine
a sixth-round selection of the New York Rangers in 1997
one of only 12 Americans to play in three World Junior Championships
finished his career with the U.S. National Junior Team tied as the No. 8 all-time scorer with John LeClair, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young
finished high school in three years and entered MSU as a 17-year-old freshman
volunteers in the mid-Michigan area through M.S.Unity in the Community and other youth groups
(If youve been with us all season, youve probably seen these notes...if not, we hope they help)
Shooting stars - Michigan State has outshot 28 of 34 opponents (22-2-4) and is outshooting opponents by an average of 30.0-21.1.
Here and there - Six of MSUs first seven games were at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans then had a stretch of 17 of 23 games away from Munn, including plane trips to Alaska, the U.P. and Wisconsin and Minnesota. Five of MSUs last seven games are at Munn Ice Arena.
Pump you up - This years sophomore class has seen great benefits from MSUs off-season strength and conditioning program. The seven sophomores have gained an average of 10.6 pounds in the off-season, led by Damon Whitten (14 pounds) and Joe Blackburn (13).
It was a very good year - Michigan State finished the calendar year of 1998 without a loss at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans are unbeaten in their last 28 games at home (23-0-5), a school record.
Guiding goalies - Since MSU joined the CCHA in 1981-82, every one of Ron Masons starting goaltenders has earned first- or second-team all-league honors at some point during their career.
Young uns - All five Michigan State freshmen are 18 years old.
Indecisive - Michigan States last 13 regular-season overtime games have all ended in ties (0-0-7 this year), dating back to a last-second loss at Western Michigan Jan. 31, 1997. The Spartans have had three playoff overtime games in that time.
Ranking the rookies - Two MSU freshmen are in the Red Line Reports rankings of 1999 NHL Entry Draft prospects: Adam Hall at No. 30 and Andrew Hutchinson at No. 44.
Sweet 16 - A total of 16 MSU veterans have reached the NHL this year (BrindAmour, Buzak, Carter, Cummins, Essensa, Guolla, Kelly Miller, Kevin Miller, Kip Miller, Murphy, Murray, Smolinski, Watt, White, Wilkinson, Woolley), more than any other college.
Pro producer - Sixteen former Spartans appeared in the NHL last year, more than any other college (Wisconsin was second with 14).
Close calls - All three MSU losses this season have come by one goal to Big Ten universities (Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State). The Spartans have outshot opponents 35-13 in the third periods of the three losses.
SERIES INFORMATION vs. FERRIS STATE:
78th meeting: MSU leads, 45-21-11
In East Lansing: MSU leads, 27-11-4
First meeting: FSU 6, MSU 3 (12/7/79)
Last meeting: MSU 1, FSU 1 (2/26/99)
Last MSU win: MSU 2, FSU 1 (3/14/98)
Last FSU win: FSU 5, MSU 1 (3/9/96; MSU is 8-0-2 since then)
Last years series: MSU won, 5-0-0
MSU is 15-1-3 in the last 19 meetings
MSU has won the last five meetings at Munn and is 9-1-0 in the last 10 at home
A complete list of game-by-game MSU vs. FSU series scores is available on p. 112 of the Michigan State Hockey Media Guide
MSU CAREER LEADERS vs. FSU Player (Yr., Pos.) GP, G-A-P Mike York (Sr., C) 15 GP, 9-16-25 Jeff Kozakowski (Sr., D)14 GP, 4-8-12 Bryan Adams (Sr., LW) 13 GP, 3-6-9 Rustyn Dolyny (So., RW) 6 GP, 5-2-7 Chris Bogas (Sr., D) 14 GP, 1-5-6 Goaltender (Yr.) W-L-T, GAA, Sv.% Joe Blackburn (So.) 0-0-1, 0.92, .964
SPARTAN CAREER STATS Player GP G-A-P Pen/Min Mike York 151 76-113-189 61/133 Bryan Adams 137 38-47-85 55/148 Shawn Horcoff 106 36-45-81 50/116 Rustyn Dolyny 78 34-37-71 34/79 Jeff Kozakowski 156 13-57-70 56/126 Chris Bogas 155 13-46-59 113/269 Brad Hodgins 117 6-42-48 76/198 Mike Weaver 118 5-35-40 76/160 Mark Loeding 137 18-9-27 58/143 Damon Whitten 78 13-13-26 44/115 Sean Patchell 75 9-11-20 58/135 Andrew Bogle 76 8-9-17 19/38 Adam Hall 29 10-4-14 22/60 Curtis Gemmel 88 6-6-12 13/26 A. Hutchinson 31 1-11-12 10/20 John Nail 77 4-7-11 15/30 Joe Goodenow 29 2-9-11 17/34 Mike Ford 106 5-4-9 9/18 Shawn Mather 30 4-2-6 4/8 Matt Kruzich 17 1-0-1 5/10 B. Brandstatter 41 0-1-1 4/8 Joe Blackburn 32 0-1-1 2/4 Jon Insana 32 0-0-0 17/53 Mike Gresl 12 0-0-0 0/0
Goalie GP W-L-T GAA Svs. Sv.% Blackburn 32 19-5-7 1.46 612 .930 Gresl 12 8-1-0 1.71 184 .920
UPCOMING MILESTONES 200 career points: Mike York has 189 200 career PIM: Brad Hodgins has 198
1998-99 POWER-PLAY POINTS Player G A P Shawn Horcoff 2 10 12 Mike York 5 5 10 Bryan Adams 8 2 10 Rustyn Dolyny 5 4 9 Brad Hodgins 1 7 8 Chris Bogas 0 7 7 Andrew Hutchinson 0 6 6 Jeff Kozakowski 0 6 6 Damon Whitten 4 0 4 Adam Hall 2 1 3 Mark Loeding 2 1 3 Joe Goodenow 0 3 3 Shawn Mather 2 0 2 Mike Weaver 0 2 2 Joe Blackburn 0 1 1 John Nail 0 1 1
1998-99 SHORT-HANDED POINTS Player G A P Rustyn Dolyny 3 2 5 Shawn Horcoff 3 1 4 Mike York 3 1 4 Bryan Adams 2 2 4 Chris Bogas 0 2 2 Joe Goodenow 1 0 1 Jeff Kozakowski 0 1 1