EAST LANSING -
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017-18 league hockey schedule on Thursday, May 4. The slate for the upcoming season includes 24 conference games with the addition of Notre Dame as an affiliate member for hockey.
Michigan State's complete schedule, including non-conference games, will be released later this spring. Times and television designations will be announced separately closer to the start of the season.
The Spartans will play 10 league games before the end of the 2017 calendar year, starting with Nov. 3-4 at Minnesota as MSU will have its earliest start to Big Ten play since the league's inception.
MSU's first Big Ten action of the year at Munn Ice Arena will be Nov. 10-11 against Wisconsin. Two weeks later, MSU will travel to Penn State over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-25.
The Spartans will welcome former CCHA rival Notre Dame to Munn, Dec. 1-2, and then play a home-and-home series with Michigan, Dec. 8-9.
The Spartans will have three Big Ten series in January, beginning at Munn on Jan. 5-6 vs. Ohio State, followed by a trip to Wisconsin, Jan. 12-13. Michigan State will host Minnesota Thursday, Jan. 18 and then meet the Gophers two days later on Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of the Big Ten's "Super Saturday" series.
February will begin with a trip to Ohio State (Feb. 2-3), followed by the second home-and-home matchup with Michigan (Feb. 9-10).
The Spartans' final home series will be Feb. 16-17 against Penn State and they'll close the regular season Feb. 23-24 at Notre Dame.
The 2018 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament will feature a new three-weekend format with all games taking place on the campus of the higher-seeded teams. The tournament will open March 2-4 with three best-of-three quarterfinal series, as the second-, third- and fourth-seeded teams will each host a series. The top-seeded team will have a bye to the single-elimination semifinals, which are scheduled for Saturday, March 10. The highest-seeded team remaining after the semifinals will host a championship game scheduled for Saturday, March 17.
|2017-18 MSU Big Ten Schedule|
|Nov. 3-4||at Minnesota|
|Nov. 24-25||at Penn State|
|Dec. 1-2||Notre Dame|
|Dec. 8||at Michigan|
|Jan. 5-6||Ohio State|
|Jan. 12-13||at Wisconsin|
|Jan. 20||Minnestoa (New York, N.Y.)|
|Feb. 2-3||at Ohio State|
|Feb. 10||at Michigan|
|Feb. 16-17||Penn State|
|Feb. 23-24||at Notre Dame|