Spartans Face Michigan Tech in the GLI on Friday
Dec. 23, 2013
On the Fly...
The 49th-annual Great Lakes Invitational will take place Friday and Saturday at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the NHL Winter Classic. Michigan State will face host Michigan Tech in the first semifinal on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Michigan will play Western Michigan in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. The third-place game and championship game are slated for 3:30 and 7 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
Michigan State is making its 40th appearance in the Great Lakes Invitational ... The Spartans have appeared in each tournament since 1979.
The Spartans have an all-time record of 46-30-2 in the GLI and have won 12 titles, most recently in 2009 ... MSU is 25-13-1 all-time in GLI semifinal games.
Michigan State will be wearing throwback jerseys from its 1966 NCAA Championship season for this year's GLI ... The Spartans wore similar retro jerseys at the 1999 GLI when they claimed the title.
Friday's game will be the third meeting this season between the Spartans and Huskies, marking the first time the two programs have met more than twice in a year since 1983-84 ... MSU and MTU squared off seven times during the 1983-84 season with the Spartans going 5-2, including wins in the GLI (6-2) and a two-game sweep in the CCHA playoffs.
Dating back to 1992, MSU is 14-1 against the Huskies in the GLI ... The Spartans have won the last three GLI meetings, most recently in 2011 (3-1).
The Spartans' .528 faceoff win percentage is 11th best in the nation ... Sophomore Mike Ferrantino leads MSU in the dot with a .603 winning percentage.
Michigan State ranks second in the nation in blocked shots per game at 17.87 ... MSU has blocked at least 20 shots in seven of 15 games this season.
Mackenzie MacEachern's six goals this season are second on the team to Greg Wolfe (seven) and rank in a tie for 12th among all freshmen nationally ... MacEachern has six points (3-3-6) in the Spartans' last six games.
Captain Greg Wolfe leads MSU in goals (seven) and points (12) ... He has recorded points in 10 of 15 games this season.
Five freshmen have combined for 17 of MSU's 35 goals this season (48.5%) and 30 of 102 total points (29.4%).
Freshman Brock Krygier leads MSU in plus/minus rating at plus-7.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The Spartans and Wolverines met outside again on Dec. 11, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in the "Big Chill" where U-M won, 5-0, before a world-record crowd of 113,411.
Entering 2013-14, there were a total of 15 college hockey games played outdoors. There are 11 scheduled outdoor games in college hockey this season.
ROOKIE LINE CLICKS
The trio has played together in six games this season, producing eight goals, which is the most of any Spartan line combination this season.
HAAG CONTINUES PRODUCTION
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
HILDY STEPS UP
Hildebrand's 31 saves in the Nov. 29 win over Princeton were the most by a Spartan goaltender in a win this season and the most by the native of Butler, Pa., in a win since he had 34 vs. Miami on March 15 last season.
THE IRON MAN
WOLFE CONTINUES TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE
ANOTHER SOLID TRIO
The Spartans and Huskies met for two games in Houghton, Nov. 8-9, in the first regular-season series between the teams since 1984. In the first meeting between the teams this season, Phoenix Copley made 19 stops to shut out the Spartans, 3-0. The following night, Lee Reimer scored a power-play goal early in the third period to tie the game, 2-2, but Alex Petan's goal at 3:52 of overtime gave the Huskies a 3-2 win and series sweep.
Mackenzie MacEachern (Nov. 3 vs. AIC) is the other Spartan with a two-goal game this season.
SPARTANS IN THE NHL
Spartans that have played in the NHL this season include: Torey Krug (Boston), Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Corey Tropp (Buffalo), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Shawn Horcoff (Dallas), Chris Mueller (Dallas), Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), Drew Miller (Detroit), Jeff Petry (Edmonton), Corey Potter (Edmonton), Derek Grant (Ottawa), Mike Weaver (Florida), Adam Hall (Philadelphia), Tim Kennedy (Phoenix), John-Michael Liles (Toronto) , David Booth (Vancouver) and Jim Slater (Winnipeg).
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