CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN REVIEW
Abdelkader's Last-Minute Tally Hands Spartans Third NCAA Title
April 7, 2007
 
Justin Abdelkader snapped a tie with 18.9 seconds to go, seconds after ringing a shot off the post in Michigan State's 3-1 victory over Boston College in the NCAA hockey championship game Saturday night. Michigan State, playing in front of a record crowd of 19,402, won its third championship and first since 1986. Tim Kennedy tied it midway through the third period, and set up the go-ahead goal from behind the net when he spun off his man and passed the puck in front. Abdelkader, the MVP of the finals, beat Cory Schneider for his 15th goal and first in nine games.
 
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Spartans Advance to NCAA Title Game
April 5, 2007
 
Michigan State scored four unanswered goals to rally from an early 2-0 deficit to post a 4-2 victory over Maine on Thursday in the NCAA semifinals in St. Louis, Mo. Nick Sucharski potted the game-winner early in the third frame, after Chris Mueller and Chris Snavely scored in the opening and middle frame, respectively, to get MSU back into the game after watching the Black Bears stake a 2-0 lead just 3:24 into the game. Jeff Lerg made 29 saves, shutting out the Maine offense for the final 36 minutes of the game to record his 25th victory of the season.
 
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Comley Named National Coach of the Year Finalist
March 30, 2007
 
Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley is one of eleven coaches named finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the top NCAA Division I men's ice hockey coach by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). To be a finalist for this award, a coach must either be voted Coach of the Year in his conference or take his team to the NCAA Frozen Four.
 
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Meet Us In St. Louis ...
March 25, 2007
 
Michigan State got goals from Chris Mueller and Tim Kennedy and a spectacular effort from sophomore Jeff Lerg (19 saves) to earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday evening in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids. By virtue of the win, the Spartans advance to the Frozen Four for the 11th time overall and first time since 2001.
 
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Spartans Post 5-1 Win Over BU in NCAA First Round
March 24, 2007
 
Tim Crowder scored twice, two other players had multiple-point games, and Jeff Lerg made 27 saves to lead Michigan State to a 5-1 victory over Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids on Friday. The Spartans, the No. 3 seed in the region, will face top-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m.
 
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Eleven Spartans Honored at MSU Hockey Banquet
March 19, 2007
 
Sophomore netminder Jeff Lerg captured the 2007 Spartan Hockey Most Valuable Player Award, and 10 other players earned individual honors as the team held its annual banquet on Monday, March 19 at the Kellogg Center.
 
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MSU Takes Third-Place Game In Overtime Thriller, 7-6
March 17, 2007
 
Senior Tyler Howells played the role of overtime hero for the Michigan State hockey team as it defeated Lake Superior State, 7-6, in the CCHA Consolation Game Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena. The extra session was necessary after Lake Superior State scored two goals in the final 67 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.
 
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Spartans fall to Michigan in CCHA Semifinals
March 17, 2007
 
Michigan received two goals from junior Kevin Porter and 18 saves from Billy Sauer to top Michigan State 5-2 in the CCHA Championships semifinals Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, snapping a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Spartans at the venue. MSU will now face Lake Superior State in the CCHA consolation game Saturday afternoon.
 
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On To The Joe
March 10, 2007
 
Michigan State will advance to the CCHA Championship weekend at Joe Louis Arena for the 25th time in 26 seasons, completing a two-game sweep of Nebraska-Omaha. The Spartans advance with a 4-1 win on Saturday evening in the best-of-three quarterfinal round, getting a goal and an assist from Tim Crowder, Chris Mueller, and Jim McKenzie in the victory, but more importantly will make their 17th consecutive appearance in the CCHA's showcase weekend.
 
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McKenzie's Late Goal Lifts Spartans, 4-2
March 9, 2007
 
Junior Jim McKenzie potted the go-ahead goal at the 19-minute mark of the third period to stunt a late Nebraska-Omaha rally and help propel Michigan State to a 4-2 victory over the Mavericks in game one of the best-of-three quarterfinal series at Munn Ice Arena on Saturday evening. Jeff Lerg made 23 saves and McKenzie and Bryan Lerg each had a goal and an assist to help MSU to the win.
 
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Spartans Drop 2-1 Decision on Senior Night
February 24, 2007
 
Michigan State suffered its first loss on a senior night in its last eight tries, falling 2-1 to Bowling Green at Munn Arena on Saturday evening. The Spartans suffered their second straight loss at home, and fall to 19-12-3 overall on the season and 15-10-3 in the CCHA. Bowling Green, which finishes 12th in the CCHA standings with a 5-22-1 conference record and is now 7-27-2 overall, will be on the road for next weekend's first round of the CCHA playoffs.
 
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Spartans Wrap Up CCHA Bye, Skate By Falcons, 5-3
February 23, 2007
 
Michigan State wrapped up a top-four finish in the CCHA standings with a 5-3 victory at Bowling Green on Friday evening. The decision snapped a four-game winless skid for the Spartans, as senior Chris Snavely potted his first goal of the season, the eventual game-winner, in the third period for the win.
 
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Spartans Drop Wild Affair to Broncos, 4-3
February 16, 2007
 
Michigan State could not overcome a three-goal second-period deficit and Western Michigan withstood a final flurry that saw the Spartans hit the post twice to hold on for a final 4-3 victory on Friday evening in Kalamazoo. MSU got a pair of goals from Justin Abdelkader and three assists from Tim Kennedy in the hard-luck loss, while Jeff Lerg made 18 saves and recorded two assists.
 
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Wolverines Rally to Tie Spartans at Joe Louis Arena
February 10, 2007
 
Michigan got the game-tying goal with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation to complete a two-goal comeback and forge a 3-3 tie with Michigan State on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Chris Summers had a pair of goals and assisted on Andrew Cogliano's game-tying tally for the Wolverines, while Justin Abdelkader scored twice and Jeff Lerg made a career-best 54 saves for the Spartans.
 
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Lerg Again OT Hero, Sinks Ferris State, 2-1
February 9, 2007
 
The junior centerman netted his eighth game-winning goal of the season at the 1:26 mark of overtime to propel the Spartans to a 2-1 victory over Ferris State at Munn Ice Arena on Friday night. Cousin Jeff Lerg made 33 saves to earn first star honors as Michigan State improved to 11-1-1 at home this season.
 
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Lerg Tapped CCHA Player of the Week
February 5, 2007
 
Michigan State junior centerman Bryan Lerg has been named the CCHA Player of the Week, released Monday morning by the league office. Lerg had a four-point weekend as the Spartans picked up a win and a tie on the road at Nebraska-Omaha last weekend, extending their unbeaten streak to seven games.
 
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Spartans Rally for 3-3 Tie at UNO
February 4, 2007
 
Michigan State three times battled back from one-goal deficits to forge a 3-3 tie on the road at Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday evening. The Spartans got goals from Bryan Lerg, Tim Kennedy, and the equalizer from Tyler Howells in the deadlock, which extended MSU's unbeaten streak to seven games. Michigan State is now 17-8-2 on the year, 13-6-2 CCHA.
 
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Howells Among Finalists For NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge
January 26, 2007
 
Michigan State senior defenseman/forward Tyler Howells is one of 89 individuals on the ballot for the second annual Ponitac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Championship weekend in April in St. Louis, Mo.
 
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Lerg Named CCHA Goaltender of the Week
January 22, 2007
 
Sophomore netminder Jeff Lerg has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday morning. It is the third time that Lerg has earned weekly honors from the League office this season.
 
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Spartans Win Fifth Straight With Shutout of LSSU, 4-0
January 20, 2007
 
Sophomore netminder Jeff Lerg recorded a 27-save shutout while cousin Bryan Lerg potted the eventual game-winner in the final minute of the first period as Michigan State recorded its season-best fifth straight win, a 4-0 whitewash of Lake Superior.
 
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Icers Get CCHA Sweep With 4-3 Win Over Alaska
January 13, 2007
 
Despite a fantastic 44-save effort by Alaska netminder Wylie Rogers, Michigan State got a goal and two assists from Tyler Howells and two-point nights from three players to post a 4-3 victory over the Nanooks and record the two-game series sweep.
 
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Comley Nets 700th Career Victory; Spartans Rally for 4-1 Win At Miami
January 6, 2007
 
A furious three-goal barrage in the first six minutes of the third period turned a 1-0 deficit into a Spartan lead, and Jeff Lerg put forth a fantastic 25-save effort as the Spartans salvaged the back end of a road series with a 4-1 victory over Miami on Saturday night.
 
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Jeff, Bryan Lerg earn Weekly CCHA Honors
January 2, 2007
 
Cousins Jeff and Bryan Lerg (Livonia, Mich.) have been named the Goaltender and Offensive Player of the Week by the CCHA, announced on Tuesday by the league office. It was Jeff's second nod as the league's Goaltender of the Week this year, while Bryan earns his first honor of the season.
 
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Spartans Capture GLI Title With 4-1 Win Over Michigan
December 30, 2006
 
Bryan Lerg earned MVP honors with his three-point outing while sophomore Tim Crowder broke out of his scoring drought with a pair of tallies to propel the MSU hockey team to a 4-1 victory in the finals of the 42nd annual Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit. Michigan State wins its second title in three seasons under Rick Comley, and captures its 11th title overall. Jeff Lerg made 21 saves in the victory.
 
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Spartans Post Sweep of NMU with 3-2 Victory at Northern Michigan
December 9, 2006
 
Nick Sucharski and Bryan Lerg came up with third-period tallies and Spartan netminder Jeff Lerg made 27 saves to help Michigan State come from behind for a 3-2 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday evening in Marquette. The sweep of Northern Michigan is the first CCHA sweep for the Spartans this season, and secured head coach Rick Comley his 100th victory at Michigan State.
 
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Buckeyes Earn Split With 4-1 Win Over Spartans
December 2, 2006
 
Ohio State scored twice shorthanded on a single minor penalty and tacked on a pair of power play tallies to take a 4-1 victory at Munn Ice Arena on Saturday evening and salvage a split in the season series. Michigan State falls to 7-7-1 with the loss, 5-5-1 in the CCHA; Ohio State improves to 5-8-3, 5-5-2 in conference play.
 
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Spartans Fall in Showcase, 5-4
November 24, 2006
 
Michigan State got a three-point night from Justin Abdelkader and a pair of goals from Tim Kennedy, but fell to top-ranked Minnesota, 5-4, in the opening game of the 2006 College Hockey Showcase, held Friday night at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
 
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Spartans Rebound With 2-0 Shutout of Fifth-Ranked Notre Dame
November 18, 2006
 
Michigan State got a 25-save shutout from sophomore netminder Jeff Lerg - his second in two weeks - to post a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday evening. Bryan Lerg and Tim Crowder potted goals for Michigan State, which remains unbeaten on its home ice this season (5-0-1) and is now 6-3-1 overall, 4-3-1 in CCHA play.
 
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Jeff Lerg Earns CCHA Goaltender of the Week Honors
November 14, 2006
 
Sophomore netminder Jeff Lerg has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday, November 13. Lerg stopped 64 of 66 shots in a three-point week for the Spartans.
 
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Spartans Earn 6-0 Shutout Win at Ferris
November 10, 2006
 
Michigan State got three-point outings from juniors Bryan Lerg and Chris Mueller and a a 35-save shutout from Jeff Lerg between the pipes for a 6-0 victory at Ferris State on Friday evening. The Spartans snapped a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) against the Bulldogs, and improved to 5-2-1 (3-2-1 CCHA) with the victory.
 
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Spartans Rally for 7-4 Victory over Michigan
November 3, 2006
 
Justin Abdelkader scored twice and added an assist, while Jim McKenzie, Nick Sucharski, and Tim Kennedy each scored and added a helper as the Michigan State hockey team rallied from an early deficit and convincingly defeated archrival Michigan, 7-4, on Friday evening at Munn Ice Arena.
 
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Spartans Sweep Non-League Set, Defeat Sacred Heart 7-5
October 28, 2006
 
Michigan State went 3-for-7 on the power play and had six players with multiple-point nights to help propel the Spartans to a 7-5 victory over visiting Sacred Heart at Munn Ice Arena on Saturday evening. The Spartans improve to 3-1-0 with the win, while Sacred Heart falls to 2-3-1.
 
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Spartans Fall to USNTDP, 5-4
October 19, 2006
 
The US National Team Development Program scored three times on a five-minute major to take a 5-4 decision from Munn Ice Arena in an exhibition game on Tuesday evening. The USNTDP, which took both top-ranked Boston College and fifth-ranked Michigan to overtime in recent weeks, improved to 2-4 against collegiate competition and 8-4 overall.
 
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Sophomore Line Helps MSU Capture Opener
October 13, 2006
 
The all-sophomore line of Tim Crowder, Tim Kennedy, and Justin Abdelkader accounted for three goals and three assists as Michigan State opened the 2006-07 hockey season with a victory over CCHA foe Western Michigan, 4-1, at Munn Ice Arena on Friday night.
 
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Spartans Overpower Wilfrid Laurier, 11-2
October 6, 2006
 
Michigan State pounced on Wilfrid Laurier with seven first-period goals and skated to a clean 11-2 victory Friday night at Munn Ice Arena, in the Spartans' first exhibition contest of the year. Bryan Lerg had a four-goal night with a pair of assists, while classmate Jim McKenzie tallied a goal and five helpers for the Spartans, who open up the 2006-07 season next Friday against CCHA cluster-mate Western Michigan.
 
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Green & White Scrimmage Kicks Off Hockey Season
October 3, 2006
 
Led by solid goaltending from sophomore standout Jeff Lerg and a goal by freshman Jay Sprague, the White team defeated the Green in a shootout, 2-1, in the Michigan State hockey team's annual intra-squad scrimmage Tuesday night at Munn Ice Arena.
 
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Spartans Earn Most First-Place Votes in Preseason Polls
September 27, 2006
 
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announced its preseason polls and all-conference teams today at its annual media day in Detroit, Mich., and while Michigan State earned the most first-place votes of any school, it only earned the top spot in the coaches poll - the media votes found the Spartans second to Michigan, one point behind the Wolverines.
 
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