Oct. 31, 2013
Head Coach Tom Anastos Press Conference | Jake Chelios
Friday - Jr. Spartans Night
Jr. Spartan members can use the promo code `JRSPARTAN' to print two free tickets to Friday's game. Jr. Spartans may also come to the gate and show their card to receive two free tickets. There will also be Trick-or-Treating with Sparty during the first intermission.
On The Fly...
The Spartans welcome American International for a weekend set this Friday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Munn Arena ... This weekend will mark the first-ever meetings between the programs.
MSU enters the weekend sixth in the nation in faceoff win percentage at 54.9% (129-106) ... The Spartans have won more draws than their opponents in three of four games this season, including vs. No. 13/14 Boston University, where they won 64.3% (36-20) of the faceoffs with the Terriers.
Sophomore Mike Ferrantino leads all Spartan centers in faceoff win percentage at 66.7% (22-11) ... Classmate Matt DeBlouw is 39-31 in the faceoff dot this year, leading the team in draw wins.
The Spartans rank 20th in the nation and are second among all Big Ten teams with 74 blocked shots.
The Spartans are averaging 30.8 shots on goal per game this season, up 5.2 shots per game from their average last season.
For the second consecutive season, the Spartans had seven different freshmen or redshirt freshmen in their lineup in each of the first four games of the year.
Two of the Spartans' top-three point producers are defensemen in Jake Chelios (0-3=3) and Rhett Holland (0-3=3).
Since surrendering five power play goals in their first two contests, the Spartans killed 6-of-7 penalties in their two games last weekend.
Rhett Holland (0-3=3), Joe Cox (1-1=2) Mackenzie MacEachern (1-0=1) and Brock Krygier (0-1=1) have all recorded the first points of their collegiate careers so far this season.
MSU had two players, Jake Chelios and Brock Krygier, that each had a plus-3 rating in the win over Boston University ... Krygier leads the team this season with a plus-2 rating.
The Spartans have been outshot this season just 128-123, but hold a 54-38 first-period advantage over their opponents.
Senior captain Greg Wolfe leads MSU in goals (3) and shots on goal (13) ... He is the Spartans' active-career leader in goals (25), assists (36) and points (61).
Jake Chelios is one of 11 active Division I players with a consecutive games-played streak of at least 120.
Senior defenseman Jake Chelios assisted on all three goals in the 3-1 win over Boston University, establishing a new career best. Dean Chelios drew the primary assist on Joe Cox's game-winning goal, while Jake got the secondary assist, marking the first time the two brothers had combined to assist on a goal while at MSU.
NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST ONE
Freshmen Joe Cox and Mackenzie MacEachern both recorded their first-career goals this past weekend. MacEachern tallied the Spartans' lone goal against UMass-Lowell, while Cox snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring the game-winner with 4:04 to play in MSU's win over BU.
Redshirt freshman Brock Krygier got his first-career point by assisting on Brent Darnell's game-tying goal vs. BU.
ONE OF A KIND
Freshman Villiam Haag is one of 11 players from Sweden in Division I college hockey this season, and just one of 24 from Europe (11 - Sweden, 10 - Finland, 3 - Austria). The native of Gothenburg, Sweden, has appeared in each of the last three games of the season.
Geir Hoff (1986-87) of Oslo, Norway, is the only European letterwinner in MSU program history.
NEW AROUND HERE
This weekend's series with American International marks just the fourth time since 2007 that the Spartans will meet an opponent at Munn for the first time in program history. New opponents that the Spartans have met at Munn over the last six years include Mercyhurst (W, 6-2; W, 6-2) in 2007, Robert Morris (W, 5-2; W, 6-2) in 2011 and Penn State (W, 5-3; L, 2-3) last year.
BTN2GO PICKS UP COMCAST GAMES
All five of the Spartans' games broadcast on Comcast this season (Nov. 1, 3, 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 14) will also be available on BTN2Go.com. BTN2Go delivers live games to BTN customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. BTN2Go is free to customers of participating TV Providers.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Senior Greg Wolfe's three goals lead the team. He scored in both games opening weekend vs. UMass, marking the second time in his career he has had goals in at least two consecutive games. The Canton native became the first Spartan to score in the first-two games of the season since 2010 when Dustin Gazley (2-2-4) and Brett Perlini (2-0-2) scored in back-to-back games vs. Maine (Oct. 14-15).
MSU's top six scorers from a season ago in Matt Berry (15-16-31), Tanner Sorrenson (13-8-21), Matt DeBlouw (10-11-21), Greg Wolfe (9-12-21), Brent Darnell (10-10-20) and Lee Reimer (4-13-17) accounted for 70% of the team's goals and 89% of the team's total points in 2012-13.
The Spartans return 84% of both their total point and goal production from last season. Michigan State welcomes back 17 letterwinners from last season's team, including seven sophomores, five juniors and five seniors. A total of six newcomers have joined the Spartans for the 2013-14 season.
The Spartans have four players have appeared in over 100-career games: Jake Chelios (122), Greg Wolfe (115), Dean Chelios (109) and Lee Reimer (108). Jake Chelios is one of 11 active players in the nation that has played at least 120 consecutive games.
THE BIG TEN BEGINS
In the inaugural Big Ten preseason poll as selected by the coaches, Michigan State was selected to finish fourth, along with Ohio State, while Wisconsin was picked to win the conference. Minnesota and Michigan were selected second and third, respectively, while Penn State was picked sixth.
The Spartans had two players selected to the Big Ten Players to Watch List in sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand and junior forward Matt Berry.
MSU had four true freshmen - Travis Walsh, John Draeger, Matt DeBlouw and Michael Ferrantino - play in all 42 games last season, marking the first time the Spartans have had four true freshman play every game of a season since 2001-02. Ash Goldie, Duncan Keith, Mike Lalonde and Brock Radunske played in all 41 contests of the 2001-02 campaign.
THE NEW FRONTIER
After 32 seasons as part of the CCHA, Michigan State joins Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the inaugural year of Big Ten hockey. The six schools will meet one another four times during the regular season - twice at home and twice on the road. The 2014 Big Ten Tournament is slated for March 20-22 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The top-two teams will receive a first-round bye.
A GREAT RUN
Michigan State exited the CCHA on top with a league-best all-time record of 586-277-93 (.661) in conference games. MSU's .661 winning percentage was also the highest. The Spartans also took home 11 CCHA Tournament titles, which was two more than any other team.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST IN ATTEDANCE
MSU finished last year ranked eighth in the nation in attendance, averaging 5,869 fans per game - its highest home-attendance average since 2003-04 when it averaged 6,438 over the span of 24 games.
The Spartans set a Munn Arena single-game attendance record with 7,225 fans on Nov. 10, 2012 vs. Michigan. MSU went 5-0 in home games that were sold out in 2012-13.
THE MUNN ADVANTAGE
Since its opening in Nov. 1974, Munn Ice Arena has provided the Spartans with an undeniable advantage. Now in its 39th season as the home of MSU hockey, Spartan teams have compiled a dominating 518-195-58 (.710) record in the building.
The Spartans went 8-8-1 at Munn Arena last season, continuing the streak of 32 consecutive seasons with a record of .500 or better in the facility.
CATCH THE SPARTANS ON TV - 28 TIMES
MSU will have at least 28 games televised this season. Fox Sports Detroit will air 13 Spartan games, while BTN will carry seven contests. Comcast Television in Michigan will air five MSU games and NBC Sports Network, ESPNU and ESPNews will all carry one. In total, there will be a minimum 75 games televised featuring Big Ten teams in 2013-14.
WOLFE RETURNS WITH THE "C"
Senior Greg Wolfe returns as the Spartans' captain for the 2013-14 season. He is the second consecutive player (Torey Krug, 2010-11, 11-12), and the ninth in Spartan history, to be named team captain at least two straight years. Don McSween (1984-85, 85-86 & 86-87) is the only three-time captain in program history.
The Spartans will be without sophomore defenseman John Draeger, junior forward Matt Berry and sophomore goaltender Nate Phillips for the early part of the season. All three players are out with lower-body injuries and had surgery in mid-September. They are expected to return sometime in December.
Berry was the Spartans' leading scorer last season with 15 goals and 16 assists, tying for 10th in CCHA scoring with 31 points.
Draeger was one of four Spartan freshmen to have appeared in all 42 games last season. He ranked third in the nation in blocked shots with 89.
MSU's roster features five players that have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs. Four Spartans were taken in the 2012 Entry Draft, including freshman Mackenzie MacEachern (St. Louis) and sophomore John Draeger (Minnesota), who were selected consecutively in the third round with picks 67 and 68, respectively. Redshirt freshman defenseman Rhett Holland was taken in the fourth round at 102nd overall by Phoenix and sophomore forward Matt DeBlouw was picked in the seventh round at 186th overall by Calgary. Junior defenseman and Sunshine State native RJ Boyd was taken in the seventh round in 2010 by Florida.
Spartans in the NHL
A total of 14 former Spartan hockey players have played in the NHL this season, including: Torey Krug (Boston), Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Shawn Horcoff (Dallas), Chris Mueller (Dallas), Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), Drew Miller (Detroit), Jeff Petry (Edmonton), Derek Grant (Ottawa), Mike Weaver (Florida), Adam Hall (Philadelphia), Tim Kennedy (Phoenix), David Booth (Vancouver) and Jim Slater (Winnipeg).
Last season, MSU had 16 alums that appeared in the NHL, which was tied for the fourth most among all college programs.
The Spartans will travel to Houghton for the first time since 1984 to take on Michigan Tech next Friday and Saturday.