Rivalry Week: Spartans Tangle with UM
 
 
 
Kevin Walrod is MSU's leading active scorer against the Wolverines
 
Kevin Walrod is MSU's leading active scorer against the Wolverines
 
 

Michigan State vs. No. 12/11 Michigan
 Dates Fri./Sat, Nov. 9-10, 2012  
 Game Times (F) 7:35 | (S) 7:05
 Location (F) Ann Arbor, Mich..;  Yost Ice Arena (Cap. 5,800; 200x85)
(S) East Lansing, Mich..;  Munn Ice Arena (Cap. 6,470; 200x85)
 Televison (F/S) Comcast/XFinity
Ch. 900 in mid-Michigan
 Radio (F) WVFN 730 AM | (S) WJIM 1240 AM
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 Tickets Spartan Ticket Office | UM Ticket Office
 Game Notes Michigan State | Michigan (PDFs)
 Internet Coverage (S) Live Stats
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 Press Conference Video Head Coach Tom Anastos
 Promotions (S) Chuck-a-Puck

SERIES NOTES

• MSU readies for a home-and-home series with archrival Michigan. The teams play Friday in Ann Arbor, then on Saturday in East Lansing.

• MSU trails in the all-time series, 125-145-19. Last season, MSU won and tied (and won the shootout) in the two games at Munn, lost at Yost, and lost two overtime games by 3-2 scores at Joe Louis Arena against its archrival - in the GLI final, and in the annual regular-season game.

• In games played in Ann Arbor, the Spartans trail in the all-time series by a 44-71-4 margin. At home, the Spartans own a 64-48-10 mark against their archrival.

• With this series now at 289 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 Nov. 7).

Teams			First Gm.	GP	Series
Michigan State vs Michigan	1922	289	UM: 145-125-19
North Dakota vs Minnesota	1948	281	MN: 137-130-14
Colorado College vs Denver	1949-50	283 	DU; 157-111-15
Minnesota vs Michigan Tech	1922	267	MN: 173-78-15
Minnesota vs Michigan		1923	260	MN: 128-117-15  

• Michigan has won 145 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 four 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.

The Last Meeting
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February 11, 2012
Detroit, Mich.
Spartans Drop Heartbreaker to Wolverines at JLA
An overtime game-winner by Kevin Lynch 1:50 into the extra period gave Michigan a 3-2 victory over Michigan State in the annual meeting of the teams at Joe Louis Arena. Greg Wolfe and Brett Perlini had the scores for the Spartans, who fell to 16-12-4 overall and 11-10-3-2 in conference play. Will Yanakeff made 32 saves for MSU on the night, including three saves in overtime. The teams played in front of a sellout crowd of 20,066.

GENERAL TEAM NOTES

• The Spartans are coming off a split with Bowling Green, with the road team winning each matchup. BG took a 1-0 victory on Friday night, and MSU rebounded with a 6-1 rout on Saturday.

• Michigan State has scored 12 of its 20 goals this season in the third period. Conversely, all but five of the 24 the Spartans have allowed have come in the first or second period.

• MSU's Friday loss to the Falcons was the Spartans' first at home to Bowling Green since Feb. 24, 2007, which was that season's senior night. Just six weeks later, MSU won the National Championship.

• MSU has won on a Friday night just once this season, a come-from-behind victory over Niagara at home. On each of the last two Saturday's MSU has rebounded from the Friday loss to post a victory. Overall, MSU is 1-3-0 on Fridays, and 2-1-1 on Saturdays.

• MSU has played five of eight games on the road so far this season, and five of the next eight are also away from Munn Ice Arena. Remaining on the schedule through the rest of 2012 are overnight trips to Miami (Nov. 16-17), Notre Dame (Dec. 7-8), and the Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 29-30). After January 1, the Spartans have just one overnight road trip remaining in the regular season - when they play at Alaska (Feb. 22-23).

• Over the last two-plus seasons, MSU is undefeated at home in non-conference games. MSU was 3-0-1 last season against Robert Morris and Minnesota, and was 2-0-2 against Alabama-Huntsville and Maine in 2010-11. MSU is now 1-0-1 in 2012-13, with a January series against future Big Ten foe Penn State on the docket.

• On Oct. 9, junior Greg Wolfe was named the 2012-13 captain. Seniors Anthony Hayes, Matt Grassi, and Chris Forfar will serve as alternate captains. Hayes was an alternate captain as a junior in 2011-12.

• Michigan State 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 poll.

• 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 22-20-4 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.

• MSU's strength of schedule in 2011-12 was second in the country, behind Notre Dame. The Spartans have Frozen Four semifinalist Minnesota and Atlantic Hockey entry Niagara on its non-conference docket, and will play NCAA qualifier Western Michigan and potentially Michigan or Michigan Tech in the Great Lakes Invitational as its non-conference slate.

• With the cancellation of the NHL Winter Classic, the Great Lakes Invitational has been moved back indoors, and will be played on Dec. 29-30 at its usual site, Joe Louis Arena. The Spartans will be debuting 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 will look for it's 12th CCHA Tournament title in school history, the most of any conference school. 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.

SPECIAL TEAMS

• The Spartans killed off all eight power-play chances against in the BGSU series, improving to 30-of-35 (85.7%) on the season. That is good for third in the CCHA.

• MSU's power play has scored nine goals in 35 chances (25.7%), which ranks second in the CCHA and 10th nationally. MSU went 4-for-7 on Saturday night and 4-for-12 overall on the weekend on the power play.

• The last game for MSU in which it scored four power-play goals was Feb. 26, 2005 - a 6-3 win over Bowling Green at Munn Ice Arena in which MSU went 4-for-11 on the man advantage.

• Already this season, MSU has been forced to kill off three major (five-minute) penalties, which account for 45 of MSU's 103 total PIM's. MSU's PK has allowed just one power-play goal while killing off a major (against Minnesota). In the second game against Niagara, the Spartans' Matt Berry (facemasking) and Rhett Holland (contact to the head) were almost back-to-back - Holland was whistled for his infraction just 45 seconds after Berry's had expired.

• Half of Tanner Sorenson's six points (2g, 1a) have come on the power play, and six of classmate Matt Berry's seven points (3g, 3a) have come with a man advantage. All four of Matt DeBlouw's assists are also on the PP.

TRENDS, STREAKS, AND TENDENCIES

• Michigan State has scored 12 of its 20 goals this season in the third period. Conversely, all but five of the 24 the Spartans have allowed have come in the first or second period.

• Michigan State has scored seven of its nine power-play goals over the last two Saturdays.

• No player has had points in more than five of MSU's eight games. Lee Reimer has a point in five games, while Tanner Sorenson, Brent Darnell, Matt DeBlouw, and Greg Wolfe each have points in four.

• Five different players have each had two multiple-point games each this season: John Draeger, Tanner Sorenson, Brent Darnell, Matt Berry, and Greg Wolfe.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

• MSU leads the CCHA and ranks 12th nationally in penalty minutes, averaging 15.6 penalty minutes per game. However, the Spartans have only been whistled for more penalty minutes than their opponents in two of their eight contests.

• MSU went 11-5-1 when scoring first and 8-11-3 when allowing its opponent to do so in games last season. MSU has allowed its opponent to score first in six of its eight games this season.

• As a team, MSU is winning 52.2 percent of its faceoffs. MSU's top two faceoff men are freshman Matt DeBlouw (59.0%) and junior Lee Reimer (51.7%). DeBlouw won 25 of 37 faceoffs in the Bowling Green series (67.5%).

• Fifteen skaters have appeared in all eight games for MSU, and each of them have at least one point on the season.

TRAINING ROOM

• Senior forward Dean Chelios will miss the 2012-13 season with injury. He plans to redshirt and return as a senior in 2013-14, when his brother, Jake, will also be a senior.

• Freshman defenseman Rhett Holland (upper body) was injured in the Oct. 26 game against Lake Superior State. He will have season-ending surgery and will also plan on applying for a medical redshirt.

• Freshman forward Ryan Keller (upper body) was injured in practice on Oct. 24. He missed the Lake Superior State series, and is out indefinitely.

• Redshirt freshman Branden Carney fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae in a practice fall last October. Carney wore a "halo" for more than three months, but has had a remarkable recovery from what could have been a devastating injury. He is hoping to receive clearance to once again play hockey.

PLAYER NOTES

• MSU played both goaltenders in the BG series, and both had strong outings. Jake Hildebrand was the hard-luck loser Friday night, allowing just one goal and making 24 saves in a 1-0 loss. His 1.72 GAA and .938 save percentage would both rank 10th nationally, but he falls just shy of being eligible - goalies must play 33% of their team's minutes to be ranked nationally.

Will Yanakeff also allowed just one goal in his outing on Saturday, making 18 saves in the road win at BG. He improved his GAA to 3.34 and save percentage to .884.

Matt DeBlouw (2g, 2a) and Matt Berry (1g, 3a) both turned in four-point outings on Saturday to help the Spartans to the 6-1 victory. They are tied atop the MSU scoring chart with seven points each.

• DeBlouw's three goals and four assists (seven points) has him second among CCHA freshmen in points. He ranks 14th nationally in points per game by freshmen (0.88 ppg).

• Berry leads the league in both power play goals (3) and power play points (6). DeBlouw is tied for third in power play points (4), while Tanner Sorenson (2-1-3) is tied for eighth.

• Freshman Michael Ferrantino scored his first collegiate tally on Saturday night, a power-play marker.

• Tanner Sorenson had a 2-6-8 scoring line last year as a freshman. Through eight games, he owns a 3-3-6 line in his sophomore season.

John Draeger leads the team with 17 blocked shots, which is nearly a quarter of the team total (72). Fellow freshman and blueliner Travis Walsh is second on the team with seven.

• MSU's 27-man roster averages 6-0, 195 lbs.

• This is the second straight season that the Spartans will be captured by a junior (Greg Wolfe). Current Providence Bruin Torey Krug served as captain as a sophomore and a junior.

Jake Chelios is the only defenseman who appeared in 25 games or more last year to return to the roster this season. Senior Matt Grassi was injured in the Miami series in early January, and missed the remainder of the season.

• Three freshmen were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. Blueliner John Draeger heard his name called by his home-state Minnesota Wild at No. 68, and fellow rearguard Rhett Holland went to Phoenix with their fourth-round selection. Matt DeBlouw was Calgary's seventh-round pick at No. 186 overall.

• Transfer RJ Boyd was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Boyd was the 186th pick overall, and went to the Panthers in the seventh round.

Will Yanakeff was named to the Preseason All-CCHA Team. Yanakeff was the Second Team goaltender.

• Six players turned in career-best offensive seasons last year: forwards Lee Reimer (30 points), Greg Wolfe (26), Kevin Walrod (18), Dean Chelios (15), Chris Forfar (11), and Anthony Hayes (11).

Kevin Walrod and Anthony Hayes both eclipsed their career numbers as juniors. Each had 11 points in their first two varsity seasons combined; Walrod had 18 points as a junior, and Hayes had 11.

Matt Berry was an Honorable Mention selection to the 2012 CCHA All-Rookie Team. Berry was MSU's top freshman scorer, with 11 goals and eight assists (19 points).