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Michigan State 2 – Penn State 1


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Despite conceding a goal in the opening minute of the contest and then accumulating the not-so-grand total of thirteen shots on target throughout the entire course of regulation play, it was economical MICHIGAN STATE that nipped PENN STATE 2-1 on Saturday night to close out a low-scoring Big Ten Conference series in State College that saw the visiting Spartans earn five out of a possible six points.

“We have to manufacture or do a better job of taking advantage of the chances we get,” Penn State head coach GUY GADOWSKY stated plainly after the game. “We do get chances and we’ve got to do a better job of scoring goals at this level of the Big Ten.”

The Nittany Lions jumped out to a very early lead after Canadian legionnaire DAVID GLEN (22 ga, 3 go, 7 pts), the 23-year-old sophomore from Fort Saskatchewn, Alberta, who led Penn State with 16 goals in 27 NCAA games last season, won an offensive zone face-off forty-three seconds in. Countryman DYLAN RICHARD (20 ga, 3 go, 7 pts), the 21-year-old freshman left wing from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who netted a goal against Michigan State on Friday night, helped the puck to the point. Imported defenseman PATRICK KOUDYS (26 ga, 2 go, 6 pts, -14 def rat), the 21-year-old junior from Smithville, Ontario, who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, let go of a blue line shot that somehow negotiated its way through the mass of bodies in front of the net.

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Penn State defenseman PATRICK KOUDYS (3), the second largest blueliner (6’3″ 210 lbs) on the Nittany Lions’ roster this term, netted exactly two goals in 58 NCAA games over the course of two seasons with Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute before transferring at the conclusion of the 2011/12 campaign.
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Although it must be said that the typically low-scoring Spartans have struggled to light the lamp all season long, Penn State did do reasonably well defensively to hold the limited Michigan State attack to a new school record of baker’s dozen shots-on-goal. The Nittany Lions’ previous standard of excellence against a Division I opponent was set last season when Sacred Heart could only muster nineteen attempts during a 6-3 loss to Penn State on October 27, 2012. Of course, it should be mentioned that little-known Neumann University (a Division III school located in Aston, Pennsylvania) only generated seventeen shots at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion but still managed to upend the Nittany Lions 3-2 in overtime on January 15, 2013.

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Penn State right wing JACOB FRIEDMAN (7), the 22-year-old junior from West Bloomfield, Michigan, who has seen limited action (11 games, 0 goals, 2 assists) this season but does boast a healthy + 2 defensive rating nevertheless, looks to make a play against visiting Michigan State during the Big Ten Conference series at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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MICHIGAN STATE 2 – PENN STATE 1

00:43 … PSU – Koudys (Richard, Glen)
30:19 … MSU – Cox (Ferrantino, Berry)
44:56 … MSU – Berry (Ferrantino, Cox)

shots-on-goal : PSU 29 ( 11 + 11 + 7 ) – MSU 13 ( 3 + 2 + 8 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 6, Michigan State 4

PENN STATE : Skoff – Williamson, Varley ; Koudys, Thompson ; Yanis, Brooks – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Loik ; Richard, Glen, Friedman

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Boyd ; Krygier, Knudson – MacKenzie, Reimer, Wolfe ; Berry, Ferrantino, Cox ; Keller, Ebbing, Haag ; D. Chelios, DeBlouw, Darnell

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Michigan State 2 – Penn State 2


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After failing to cash in on a critical five-on-three power play opportunity that lasted nearly two minutes, the persistent visitors stuck for the game-tying goal with just under four minutes to skate in regulation play and then snatched the extra point for the Big Ten Conference standings after tallying the only marker in the seven-round shootout as MICHIGAN STATE met PENN STATE in the first of a two-game weekend series in snowy State College.

And so, on the occasion of the very first Big Ten Conference shootout in the history of Penn State ice hockey, it is the luckless Nittany Lions who find no love on Valentine’s Day once the skills competition with the visiting Spartans at the Pegula Ice Arena has been concluded.

After falling behind early in the second period, the never-say-die Nittany Lions retaliated by scoring two goals within a span of only 65 seconds nearing the halfway point of the middle frame. Penn State sparkplug center ERIC SCHEID (25 ga, 11 go, 19 pts), the 21-year-old redshirt sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, who has been the one consistent offensive threat all season long for head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s scoring-challenged club this term, made an outstanding play to dispossess Michigan State defenseman JOHN DRAEGER, the 20-year-old sophomore from Fairbault, Minnesota, who was the third round pick (# 68 overall) of the Minnesota Wild at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, at the blue line before weighing his options carefully and then wisely deciding on a brilliant backhand pass into the slot. Late-arriving left wing RICKY DEROSA (23 ga, 5 go, 12 pts), the homegrown freshman from Aston who was a healthy scratch at the start of this 2013/14 NCAA campaign but now finds himself skating on Penn State’s first line, finished with aplomb.

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Penn State left wing RICKY DEROSA (21), the recently turned 22-year-old forward who played his scholastic ice hockey for Cardinal O’Hara High School in Philadelphia and scored on his NCAA debut against the Air Force Academy earlier this season, celebrates his second period equalizer during Friday night’s Big Ten Conference clash with visting Michigan State at the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Shortly thereafter, the Nittany Lions stormed to their first lead of the evening with the assistance of the man advantage. Re-emerging right wing CASEY BAILEY (21 ga, 5 go, 8 pts), the 22-year sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who led Penn State with 27 points (14 goals) in 27 NCAA games last season, let go of a wrist shot from the point. A deflection in front fell very kindly for Nittany Lions freshman left wing DYLAN RICHARD (19 ga, 3 go, 6 pts) and the recently-turned 21-year-old Canadian legionnaire imported from Sherwood Park, Alberta, easily stuffed the puck past helpless Michigan State netminder JAKE HILDEBRAND to count his second goal in his last four appearances for Penn State.

It was the visiting Spartans, however, who put on their hard hats and went to work in earnest for the concluding twenty mintes. The three-time NCAA champions completely dictated matters while outshooting Penn State by a decisive 12-5 margin over the course of the final frame witnessed by the overflow crowd of 6,062 spectators. To reiterate, Michigan State did not capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play situation after the Nittany Lions’ goal-scorer DeRosa and birthday boy DAVID GLEN (21 ga, 3 go, 6 pts), the 23-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, had both been sent to the penalty box within eleven seconds of each other.

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Nevertheless, experienced left wing MATT BERRY, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Canton, did win a fateful battle along the boards in the neutral zone with just less than four minutes left on the clock. And, although Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF stopped the right wing face-off circle shot from the Spartans’ leading scorer last season, the rebounding puck in the slot went straight to lurking Michigan State center MICHAEL FERRANTINO, the 21-year-old homegrown sophomore from Plymouth. It was a well-deserved equalizer, to be fair.

Five minutes of overtime saw the Nittany Lions generate all of one shot on target and so a seven-round duel of goaltenders from western Pennsylvania ensued in the shootout. Skoff, the 22-year-old sophomore who hails from McKees Rock, denied the first six shooters sent out by the Spartans before being beaten by fourth line right wing BRENT DARNELL (25 ga, 2 go, 5 pts), the 20-year-old homegrown junior from Canton. Hildebrand, the 20-year-old sophomore who originally comes from Butler, saved all seven Penn State attempts to cap off his own highly-successful Homecoming parade.

Skoff, who halted 32 of 34 Michigan State shots six days after turning in the Penn State’s very first Big Ten Conference clean sheet in the historic triumph over the University of Michigan, might have found a bit more justice with a different result. The dreaded shootout might not have been necessary for the Nittany Lions had not both Glen and Scheid clanked pucks off the iron but, then again, those are, in fact, the breaks of the game. The growth process in State College continues unabated, then.

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Michigan State right wing BRENT DARNELL (25), the 20-year-old homegrown junior from Canton who notched a respectable 10 goals and 20 points in 40 NCAA games for the Spartans last season but has seen his scoring totals this term drop radically, beats Penn State netminder MATTHEW SKOFF (31) to the stick side in the seventh round of the very first Big Ten Conference shootout ever staged at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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February 14, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,062

MICHIGAN STATE 2 – PENN STATE 2 … (Spartans win shootout 1-0)

24:00 … MSU – Reimer (Wolfe)
28:26 … PSU – DeRosa (Scheid, Thompson)
29:31 … PSU – Richard (Holstrom, Bailey) – ppg
56:06 … MSU – Ferrantino (Berry, Draeger)

shots-on-goal : MSU 34 (10 + 9 + 12 + 3 ) – PSU 27 (12 + 9 + 5 + 1)

penalty minutes : Penn State 12 – Michigan State 10

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Brooks ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Thompson – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Friedman ; Richard, Glen, McDonagh

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Boyd ; Krygier, Holland – Keller, Reimer, Wolfe ; Berry, Ferrantino, Cox ; MacKenzie, Ebbing, Haag ; D. Chelios, DeBlouw, Darnell

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Michigan State 3 – Penn State 2


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After conceding a power play equalizer to the visitors very early in the third period at the Munn Ice Arena, the home side struck back exactly two minutes and twenty-three seconds later to reclaim the lead once and for all as improving MICHIGAN STATE defeated visiting PENN STATE 3-2 to complete the school’s very first sweep ever in the new Big Ten Conference.

The Spartans (8-10-3), who have now lost only once in their last six contests as far as the NCAA is concerned, came out flying and found the back of the Nittany Lions net approximately a minute and a half in. Michigan State freshman right wing JOE COX did well to initiate the cycle play behind the Penn State net before in-form left wing MATT BERRY, the homegrown junior from Canton who led the Spartans with both 15 goals and 31 points last season, provided a pass out in front. MICHAEL FERRANTINO, the homegrown sophomore center from Plymouth who notched a goal and two assists for Michigan State against the Nittany Lions in the two-game series at the Munn Ice Arena twelve months ago, quickly made a nice move onto the backhand to shed his marker before effectively squeezing the puck through the five-hole of Penn State freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM.

It was another rough beginning for the third round choice (# 70 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft this past summer — McAdam has now surrendered a goal within the first five minutes of a game in five of his first seven collegiate starts for the snake-bitten Nittany Lions.

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Penn State Canadian legionnaire MIKE WILLIAMSON (26), the freshman defenseman from Leduc, Alberta, who selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round choice (# 175 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer but has not been able to command a regular place in the Nittany Lions line-up so far this season, cannot prevent Michigan State center MICHAEL FERRANTINO (20) from scoring the first goal of the Big Ten Conference game at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
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Michigan State completely dominated the first dozen minutes of the game while outshooting their guests 10-3 and might have increased their lead but, critically, the Penn State rookie netminder was able to keep both his nerve as well as the visitors in contention. The Nittany Lions slowly began to generate some pressure of its own over the second half of the opening period, albeit with the aid of a couple of power plays that the Spartans were able to kill off. Finally, with less than thirty seconds remaining until the arrival of the first intermission, Penn State were able to successfully shoot a puck past Michigan State goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND for the first time in almost four entire periods of Big Ten Conference ice hockey.

Canadian legionnaire LUKE JUHA (19 ga, 4 go, 12 pts, – 3 def rat), the sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, who leads the entire Nittany Lions squad with eight assists this term, threw a puck to the front of the net from the left faceoff circle hoping for the best and was kindly rewarded. It certainly helped the situation to have Penn State right wing JONATHAN MILLEY (11 ga, 0 go, 2 pts), the monster freshman Canadian legionnaire (6’4″ 245 lbs) imported from Gatineau, Qubec, industriously setting an annoying screen on Hildebrand. In the meantime, TAYLOR HOLSTROM (19 ga, 3 go, 8 pts), the veteran center from Yorba Linda, California, who scored the game-winning goal when the Nittany Lions upended the Spartans 3-2 last year, got his stick on the puck to redirect past the Michigan State backstop.

The 1-1 equalizer was Holstrom’s 12th career strike in 43 NCAA games for the varsity squad of the Pennsylvania State University.

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Michigan State reclaimed the advantage seven minutes into the second period, though, when right wing GREG WOLFE, the homegrown senior from Canton who leads the Spartans in scoring this season, made a sharp play behind the net to set up center TANNER SORENSON, the second-leading goal-scorer for Michigan State last term who has missed the majority of this season on account of suspension. The savy Sorenson, a right-handed shot stationed at the left side of the Nittany Lions cage, had little trouble wristing the puck through the five-hole of the still re-positioning McAdam to register his first goal on this 2013/14 campaign. As for the creative Wolfe, the assist marked his fourth point of the weekend series with Penn State.

Once again, the Spartans would have ample opportunity to extend their margin on Saturday night at the Munn Ice Arena. But, again, the typically low-scoring hosts failed to capitalize on favorable circumstances. At one point, with Nittany Lions defenseman DAVID THOMPSON (17 ga, 0 go, 2 pts, – 7 def rat) sitting in the penalty box and the Penn State goaltender McAdam down and far out of position, Michigan State might have done better than to miss an empty net, it should be said.

And so the visitors still had everything to skate for when the Spartans rookie right wing Cox took an costly interference penalty with less than half a minute left in the second period.

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Penn State right wing ZACH SAAR (17), the good-sized freshman (6’4″ 235 lbs) from Richland, Michigan, who has succeeded in establishing himself as a regular (17 ga, 2 go, 7 pts) in the line-up for the Nittany Lions this season, seeks to avoid the poke check of Michigan State goal-scorer MICHAEL FERRANTINO (20) during the Big Ten Conference match at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
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There were less than twenty seconds left on the Penn State power play at the start of the third period, but it was still plenty enough time for the Nittany Lions’ leading goal-scorer to haul his side level. Redshirt sophomore center ERIC SCHEID (19 ga, 9 go, 14 pts), the transfer who netted six goals in thirty NCAA games as a freshman for the University of Alaska – Anchorage two seasons ago, took a cross-ice pass from the Penn State defenseman Juha and snapped a tight angle shot from the right circle past the Michigan State custodian Hildebrand. The Nittany Lions work with the man advantage so far (14 for 72, 19.4 %), which ranks a respectable third out of the six teams that comprise the new Big Ten Conference, has certainly been one of the brighter aspects for head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s charges.

The visitors would not maintain equilibrium very long, however, and Michigan State went right back to the lead for the third and final time only two minutes and twenty-three seconds later. It was the same Spartans second line which had accounted for all three goals of the Michigan State goals against Penn State on Friday night that stepped forward to manufacture the game-winner on Saturday night, as well, then. Spartans sophomore defenseman R.J. BOYD, the native Floridian who was nabbed by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round (# 183 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, might very well have caught the Penn State netminder McAdam scrambling a bit and overplaying his angles.

Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER, the senior from Landmark, Manitoba, who registered one goal and two assists for Michigan State at the expense of the Nittany Lions on Friday night, outwrestled the much larger Penn State defenseman MARK YANIS (15 ga, 0 go, 3 pts, – 2 def rat) in the crease and easily steered Boyd’s clever pass disguised as a shot into the wide open net.

Yanis, the 19-year-old sophomore from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, who notched a very big goal for the Nittany Lions in that 3-2 triumph over the Spartans at the Munn Ice Arena twelve months ago, delivered an ill-advised hit from behind on Spartans right wing VILLIAM HAAG, the freshman imported from Gothenburg, Sweden, with time winding down in the final frame. The resulting five-minute major penalty swallowed up most of the clock and put shorthanded Penn State in the unusual position of having to pull its goaltender in the face of an opponent operating on the power play. The Nittany Lions were, indeed, able to generated a little bit of pressure after McAdam went to the bench in favor of an extra skater but diligent Michigan State were not about to be denied the first Big Ten Conference sweep in school history.

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Michigan State goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND, the 20-year-old sophomore from Butler, Pennsylvania, who became the very first goaltender in history to record a shutout in a Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match, stopped 77 of 79 shots (97.5 %) in the two-game weekend series with visiting Penn State that was witnessed by the two-day total of 12,369 spectators at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan.
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January 18, 2013
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 5,972

MICHIGAN STATE 3 – PENN STATE 2

01:33 … MSU – Ferrantino (Berry, Cox)
19:32 … PSU – Holstrom (Juha, Bailey)
27:06 … MSU – Sorenson (Wolfe, J. Chelios)
41:18 … PSU – Scheid (Juha, Saar) – ppg
43:41 … MSU – Reimer (Boyd, D. Chelios)

shots-on-goal : Michigan St 32 ( 12 + 11 + 9 ) – Penn St 31 ( 7 + 11 + 13 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 11 (plus game misconduct) – Michigan State 8

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Krygier ; Boyd, Holland ; Walsh, Knudson – Berry, Ferrantino, Cox ; D. Chelios, Reimer, Wolfe ; MacEachern, Ebbing, Haag ; Stenglein, Sorenson, Darnell

PENN STATE : McAdam – Juha, Jensen ; Williamson, Yanis ; Koudys, Thompson – Goodwin, Scheid, Saar ; Bailey, Holstrom, Milley ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Richard

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Penn State left wing CURTIS LOIK (15), the sophomore Canadian legionnaire from West Vancouver, British Columbia, who has totaled eight goals and fifteen points in 39 NCAA career games for the Nittany Lions to date, absorbs a blow from Michigan State defenseman BROCK KRYGIER, the homegrown redshirt freshman from Novi whose father skated in more than five hundred National Hockey League games for a few different teams, in the crease area during the Big Ten Conference clash at the venerable Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.

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Michigan State 3 – Penn State 0


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Two goals scored late in the first period of play and a spectacular performance from a motivated and in-form goaltender propelled three-time NCAA champion MICHIGAN STATE to a historic 3-0 shutout victory over visiting PENN STATE in Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey action at the nearly soldout Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.

The triumph over the Nittany Lions marked the first time that Spartans have been able to win a Big Ten Conference game this season within the time constraints of the normal sixty minutes of regulation play. The result also settled the score in the on-going rivalry between two goaltenders who originally hail from western Pennsylvania. Along the way, Michigan State netminder JAKE HILDEBRAND became the very first player to ever record a shutout in an official Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match.

The first period at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing was, for the most part, a bona fide goaltenders’ duel between Hildebrand, the 22-year-old sophomore from Butler, and Penn State shot-stopper MATTHEW SKOFF, the 21-year-old sophomore from McKees Rock. It was, indeed, this very same pair who had also squared off at the Spartans’ home rink when the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State 3-2 twelve months ago. But this night would clearly belong to Hildebrand, who was destined to finish with career-high 48 saves.

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The Spartans delivered a one-two punch late in that opening frame from which Penn State never truly did recover. Michigan State grabbed an all-important first goal when Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER, the senior center from Landmark, Manitoba, launched a slapshot from the top of the left faceoff circle and Spartans senior left wing DEAN CHELIOS, one of two Michigan State skaters who are the son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Chris Chelios, was able to beat Nittany Lions Canadian legionnaire PATRICK KOUDYS, the redshirt junior defenseman who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, to the loose puck in the crease. A strong move to the backhand allowed Chelios to not only beat the Penn State goaltender Skoff but also celebrate his first goal of this 2013/14 campaign, as well.

Michigan State added a second goal exactly three minutes later after Penn State center ERIC SCHEID (18 ga, 8 go, 13 pts), the sophomore transfer from the University of Alaska – Anchorage who just so happens to lead the Nittany Lions in goal-scoring this season, could not clear a centering pass into the slot area and Spartans senior right wing GREG WOLFE, the leading goal-scorer for Michigan State this term, quickly collected the loose puck and also used a backhand move to get the puck past the Penn State custodian.

The Nittany Lions laid a veritable siege to the Michigan State net for the remaining forty minutes in East Lansing but would be kept off the scoreboard for only the second time all season. The unbeatable Spartans goaltender Hildebrand made 19 saves in the second period, alone, and did especially well to halt the Penn State pair of sophomore Canadian legionnaire wingers, CURTIS LOIK (13 ga, 3 go, 5 pts) and JONATHAN MILLEY (10 ga, 0 go, 2 pts), in one-on-one situations. The noteworthy whitewashing of the Nittany Lions on Friday night was the second shutout for Hildebrand in his last four starts for an improving Michigan State.

The all-senior line of Chelios, Reimer & Wolfe put the issue beyond all doubt late by notching its third goal of the game with roughly five minutes remaining in the third period as the experienced Reimer raced down the right wing into the Penn State zone before astutely cutting back in between the faceoff circles and skillfully slipping the puck underneath the Nittany Lions netminder Skoff.

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Michigan State senior center LEE REIMER (22), the 23-year-old Canadian import who totaled an impressive 30 points (nine goals) in 39 games as a sophomore for the Spartans two seasons ago, uses his body as a shield while controlling the puck one-handed at the side of his own net during the Big Ten Conference match with the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions at the jam-packed Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
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January 17, 2014
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 6,397

MICHIGAN STATE 3 – PENN STATE 0

14:38 … MSU – D. Chelios (Reimer, Wolfe)
17:36 … MSU – Wolfe (Reimer, D. Chelios)
55:08 … MSU – Reimer (Wolfe, D. Chelios)

shots-on-goal : Penn St 48 ( 11 + 19 + 18 ) – Michigan St 29 ( 15 + 6 + 8 )

penalty minutes : Michigan St 6 – Penn State 0

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Krygier ; Boyd, Holland ; Walsh, Knudson – Berry, Ferrantino, Cox ; D. Chelios, Reimer, Wolfe ; MacEachern, Ebbing, Haag ; Stenglein, Sorenson, Darnell

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Scheid, Milley ; Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar

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Penn State right wing KENNY BROOKS (13), the 22-year-old sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, who ranks second among all Nittany Lions players with 55 shots on target after eighteen games this season, simply cannot get the puck past in-form Michigan State goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND (30) during the Big Ten Conference clash at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.

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Scouting The Michigan State Spartans


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Last season was, on the whole, an unmitigated disaster for a proud MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS side who were coming off a successful 2011/12 campaign which had seen rookie head coach TOM ANASTOS steer his club to a berth in the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament for the 27th time in school history. Yes, the fact that star defenseman TOREY KRUG, the NCAA (West) First Team All-America from Livonia who was never drafted by any National Hockey League club, signed a professional contract with the Boston Bruins after his junior year was a major blow to Michigan State. But still, placing absolutely last out of eleven Central Collegiate Hockey Association teams on the notable occasion of the 42nd and final season of C.C.H.A. play for the institution that has won the NCAA national championship times (1966, 1986, 2007) was as surprising as it was conspicuous.

The Spartans (six wins against ten losses with three ties) also got off to a slow start this term, as well, after dropping a pair of contests on the road to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and went on to total just one win over schools not named American International College from their first ten NCAA games this past fall. The absence of last year’s leading scorer as well as a fairly highly rated National Hockey League prospect on account of injury hampered Michigan State’s efforts a great deal, though. Since that time the results have improved and the Spartans can boast of having held the number one ranked University of Minnesota to a 2-2 tie at home in East Lansing.

Michigan State are also very happy to have defeated the hated arch-rival University of Michigan 3-0 in the consolation match of the 49th Annual Great Lakes Invitational holiday tournament in Detroit. The up-and-down Spartans, however, were only able to collect two points after two games against the Ohio State Buckeyes last weekend in Columbus. All four of Michigan State’s points in the official Big Ten Conference standings this season have come about as a result of the Spartans having won a shootout (something which is NOT officially recognized by the NCAA, itself).

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Penn State freshman left wing COREY BAILEY (18) is halted at the side of the net by Michigan State rookie goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND (30) as Spartans defenseman TRAVIS WALSH (4) seeks to clear the loose puck during the Nittany Lions’ historic 3-2 triumph over the three-time NCAA national champion witnessed by the audience of 6,132 spectators at the inviting Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan, on January 26, 2013.
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Sophomore goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND (16 ga, 2.35 avg, .922 svpct) has been one Michigan State’s most pivotal players all season long while starting all but three out of the Spartans’ first nineteen games to begin this 2013/14 NCAA campaign. The 20-year-old from Butler, Pennsylvania, made 26 appearances (2.35 avg, .929 svpct) as a rookie for the Spartans and will be eager to gain a measure of revenge for Penn State’s 3-2 victory in East Lansing last season. WILL YANAKEFF, the homegrown senior from Jerome who turned out 15 times (3.06 avg, .904 svpct) and was the goaltender of record in Michigan State’s 5-3 triumph over the Nittany Lions last term, will likely continue on in the backup role when Penn State come calling on the Munn Ice Arena again this weekend.

Senior captain JAKE CHELIOS (6’2″ 200 lbs) has been a tower of strength on the Spartans blue line and, in fact, leads the entire Michigan State team in scoring (19 ga, 2 go, 14 pts) this season. The 22-year-old homegrown product of Bloomfield Hills is, indeed, the son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Chris Chelios (who, of course, helped the University of Wisconsin win the NCAA national championship title in 1983). The regular defense partner of Chelios this season has been redshirt freshman BROCK KRYGIER, the 20-year-old homegrown product of Novi who is the son of none other than Todd Krygier, a former Division III college hockey player at the University of Connecticut who later skated in 542 NHL games and scored an even 100 goals for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Michigan State will be without the services of defenseman JOHN DRAEGER, the well regarded sophomore from Fairbault, Minnesota, who was the third round pick (# 68 overall) of the Minnesota Wild at the 2012 NHL Draft, for the two-game series with visiting Penn State. The 20-year-old blueliner, who already missed the first eight games of the season after appearing in all 42 of the Spartans’ NCAA contests as a freshman last term, is, once again, out of action with a lower body injury. Draeger, to review, ranked third in all of Division I college hockey with 89 blocked shots in his first year at Michigan State.

Nevertheless, the Spartans still feature two other NHL prospects on defense that the up-to-this-point low-scoring Penn State forwards will have to cope with. Sophomore R.J. BOYD, the 22-year-old native of Punta Gorda, Florida, who scored a goal in the second game against the Nittany Lions in East Lansing last season, was the seventh round selection (# 183 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft. And Canadian legionnaire RHETT HOLLAND, the 20-year-old redshirt freshman from Calgary, Alberta, was the fourth round pick (# 102 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Michigan State University left wing MATT BERRY (27) celebrates his critical early third period goal scored during the Spartans 3-0 triumph over the hated arch-rival University of Michigan in the consolation game of the 49th Annual Great Lakes Invitational holiday tournament played this past December on the outdoor rink at the Coamerica Park baseball stadium in downtown Detroit.
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Left wing MATT BERRY (7 ga, 5 go, 6 pts), the homegrown junior from Canton who led Michigan State with both 15 goals and 31 points last season, has been on fire as of late after only just recently returning to the ice following a long injury layoff. Berry has scored five goals on his last four appearances for the Spartans and will be a force to be reckoned with. His regular linemates have been MICHAEL FERRANTINO (19 ga, 3 go, 9 pts), the homegrown sophomore from Plymouth who had three points (one goal) in the two-game series with Penn State last season, and right wing JOE COX (19 ga, 5 go, 8 pts), the homegrown freshman from Chelsea.

The leading goal-scorer for Michigan State so far this season has been right wing GREG WOLFE (19 ga, 7 go, 13 pts), the homegrown senior who is one of three forwards from the city of Canton on the Spartans’ roster. The regular center for Wolfe the past few seasons has been Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER (18 ga, 2 go, 10 pts), the 23-year-old senior from Landmark, Manitoba, who registered 30 points (nine goals) in 39 games as a sophomore at Michigan State. DEAN CHELIOS (17 ga, 0 go, 8 pts), the redshirt senior from Bloomfield Hills who is the older brother of the Spartans’ standout defenseman, has recently been moved up to left wing by the head coach Anastos.

Michigan State have a rather intriguing, all-freshman third line comprising of two homegrown players, center THOMAS EBBING (19 ga, 2 go, 7 pts) and left wing MACKENZIE MACEACHERN (19 ga, 6 go, 10 pts) who come by way of Brother Rice High School in the city of Troy. The highly rated MacEachern was selected in the third round (# 67 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer by the St. Louis Blues. Rounding out this trio is Swedish import VILLIAM HAAG (18 ga, 5 go, 8 pts), the 20-year-old right wing from Gothenburg who has already appeared in a handful of Swedish elite league contests for hometown club HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg.

One player for Michigan State who has been experiencing the proverbial “sophomore slump” this season is MATT DEBLOUW (14 ga, 0 go, 2 pts), the struggling homegrown center from Chesterfield who chosen in the seventh round (# 186 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames; the 20-year-old DeBlouw totaled a very respectable 10 goals and 21 points after skating in all 42 of the Spartans’ games last term but has not come close to equaling those numbers during the very first season of Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey.

Michigan State only recently welcomed back its second-leading scorer from last season who had been on indefinite suspension after a violation of team rules. The return of TANNER SORENSON (5 ga, 0 go, 0 pts), the 20-year-old center from Anchorage, Alaska, who registered 13 goals and 21 points in 42 games for the Spartans last term, should be a boost to the attack. Sorenson, just to review, scored two goals, including the game-winner on the power play, in Michigan State’s 5-3 victory over the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing twelve months ago.

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Michigan State freshman left wing MACKENZIE MACEACHERN (15) and rookie center THOMAS EBBING (28), both of whom went to the same high school in suburban Detroit and spent last season skating for the Chicago Steel in the developmental United States Hockey League, have continued to form an effective partnership for the Spartans at the elite level of NCAA college hockey.

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Penn State vs Michigan State, 2013


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Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF (31) denies Michigan State center MICHAEL FERRANTINO (20) at close range during the Nittany Lions’ first ever visit to the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan, twelve months ago. The unflappable freshman from McKees Rock, Pennsylvania, stopped 58 of 64 shots faced for the visitors during the historic two-game set with the three-time NCAA national champion that was witnessed by the two-day total of 11,737 spectators. The Nittany Lions’ 3-2 victory over the Spartans in the second contest was, at that point in time, the most spectacular achievement in the very brief history of Penn State varsity ice hockey at the NCAA Divison I level.
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January 25, 2013
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 5,605

MICHIGAN STATE 5 – PENN STATE 3

12:42 … MSU – Ferrantino (Keller, Hayes)
26:55 … MSU – Sorenson (Boyd, Walsh)
28:25 … PSU – Olczyk (Varley, Loik) – shg
34:38 … PSU – Holstrom (Gardiner, Bailey)
35:58 … MSU – Walrod (Chelios)
36:12 … PSU – Glen (Kirchhevel, Brooks)
54:17 … MSU – Sorenson (Walsh, Walrod) – ppg
59:44 … MSU – Wolfe (Reimer, Walrod) – eng

shots-on-goal : Michigan St 32 ( 12 + 11 + 9 ) – Penn St 30 ( 7 + 13 + 10 )

penalty minutes : Michigan State 6 – Penn State 2

MICHIGAN STATE : Yanakeff – Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Grassi ; Boyd, Gatt – Sorenson, DeBlouw, Forfar ; Walrod, Reimer, Wolfe ; Keller, Ferrantino, Hayes ; Bondra, Hoomaian

PENN STATE : Skoff – Daley, O’Brien ; Varley, Lordo ; Yanis Sweetland – Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Kirchhevel, Glen, Brooks ; Loik, McDonagh, Olczyk ; Longo, Morrone, Saad

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January 26, 2013
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 6,132

PENN STATE 3 – MICHIGAN STATE 2

03:49 … MSU – Boyd (Ferrantino, Hayes)
06:21 … MSU – Grassi (Forfar, Ferrantino)
20:32 … PSU – Yanis (Gardiner, Bailey) – ppg
23:13 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Gardiner)
55:59 … PSU – Holstrom (Bailey, Gardiner)

shots-on-goal : Penn St 50 (19 + 17 + 14) – Michigan St 33 (14 + 9 + 10)

penalty minutes : Michigan State 8 – Penn State 6

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Grassi ; Boyd, Gatt – Sorenson, DeBlouw, Berry ; Walrod, Reimer, Wolfe ; Forfar, Ferrantino, Hayes ; Keller, Hoomaian, Bondra

PENN STATE : Skoff – Dolan, O’Brien ; Varley, Yanis ; Sweetland, O’Brien – Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Kirchhevel, Glen, Brooks ; Loik, Morrone, Olczyk ; Longo, Friedman, Saad

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Neither the stunned Spartans supporters nor Michigan State defenseman TRAVIS WALSH (4), the homegrown sophomore from Lansing, can do anything about the present situation as Penn State center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (28) holds his stick aloft after scoring a late third period goal to give the fledgling Nittany Lions’ their very first victory over any school to have ever won an NCAA national championship title in the sport of men’s ice hockey.

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U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game – Streaking Ferris State Skunks Michigan State


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In a tightly-checked contest during which the two teams combined to generate a total of only thirty-eight shots on target all evening long, the streaking visitors grabbed the first goal with the game not even ten minutes old and then added a critical second strike on the power play less than six minutes into the middle period as high-flying FERRIS STATE completely shut down host MICHIGAN STATE 2-0 in the 2013 edition of the U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME.

Ferris State, who have to rate as one of, if not THE biggest surprise of this 2013/14 NCAA season so far, are currently ranked # 4 in the entire country by both USCHO.com as well as USA Today / USA Hockey in their respective polls and pushed their commendable mark this term to an impressive fourteen wins against just two losses with three draws following the positive result in East Lansing last night. The eye-opening Bulldogs, who finished with an overall record of 16 wins against 16 losses with five ties skating in the old Central Collegiate Hockey Association last term, have not tasted defeat even one single time on their last fifteen outings (twelve wins and three ties in that span) this fall. This amazing string of uninterrupted success, which comes under the direction of 25th-year head coach BOB DANIELS, ties a standard of excellence achieved twice before (initally during the 1990/91 season and then again over the course of the 2011/12 campaign) by the little-know school which is, for the record, located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Ferris State do not, at present, have any players on their roster who have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs but obviously remain undaunted by that situation, as confirmed by the Bulldogs’ deserved 2-2 draw on the road at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor opposite the # 3 ranked University of Michigan (a squad that have no fewer than a dozen NHL draft picks on their roster this season) earlier this week. The backbone of this Ferris State team, without question, is reliable goaltender C. J. MOTTE, the homegrown junior from St. Clair who posted very strong numbers (2.19 goals-against-average, .927 save percentage) after appearing in 35 contests as a workhorse sophomore last term. Motte, whose younger brother, Tyler, was the fourth round choice (# 121 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer and is now lacing his skates for the intra-state rival Michigan Wolverines, has now started all but two of the Bulldogs’ matches this season (17 ga, 2.15 avg, .927 svpct) while remaining personally unbeaten between the pipes porting the mark of fourteen wins and three ties for Ferris State this season.

The pivotal point in this intra-state clash of former CCHA rivals came when Michigan State left wing MATT DEBLOUW, the homegrown sophomore from Chesterfield who was the seventh round choice (# 186 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding a little more than three minutes into the second period with the Spartans already trailing by a goal. Michigan State actually killed off the first two minutes but, alas, this was not a minor penalty and, after having passed on a few good opportunities to clear the puck, conceded when Bulldogs center GERALD MAYHEW, the homegrown freshman from Wyandotte, fed Canadian legionnaire JUSTIN BUZZEO, the junior left wing from Windsor, Ontario, who is the second-leading scorer on the Ferris State team this term, for a tap in goal. With the entire visiting squad doing yeoman’s work to both clog the passing lanes as well as block a total of twenty-four shots attempted by Michigan State, the Bulldogs goaltender Motte actually had very little to do in registering his second whitewash this season.

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Michigan State’s imported right wing VILLIAM HAAG, the promising 20-year-old freshman from Gothenburg, Sweden, who has totaled five goals and eight points in his first 15 NCAA contests in the United States, managed to put three shots on target against nationally ranked Ferris State but, like the rest of his unproductive Spartan teammates, failed to score in the U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
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December 14, 2013
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 5,737

FERRIS STATE 2 – MICHIGAN STATE 0

09:21 … FSU – McDonald (Babinski)
25:34 … FSU – Buzzeo (Mayhew, Lowney) – ppg

shots-on-goal : Ferris State 22 ( 7 + 7 + 8 ) – Michigan State 16 ( 6 + 3 + 7 )

penalties : Ferris State 12 – Michigan State 9

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Krygier ; Boyd, Draeger ; Gatt, Holland – Keller, Wolfe, Berry ; D. Chelios, Ferrantino, Cox ; MacKenzie, Ebbing, Haag ; DeBlouw, Hoomaian, Darnell

FERRIS STATE : Motte – Czarnowczan, White ; Anselmini, Binkley ; Dorer, Lowney – Robertson, Schempp, Thompson ; Buzzeo, Babinski, McDonald ; Huff, Schlueter, DeMartino ; O’Rourke, Mayhew, Van Wormer

Note — the Spartans were without Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER, the creative senior center from Landmark, Manitoba, who is tied for third on the Michigan State scoring chart with nine points (two goals) this term and has 41 assists in 89 NCAA games the past two-plus seasons … Bulldogs, meanwhile, were minus the services of CORY KANE, the experienced senior center from Irvine, California, who is the sixth-leading scorer for Ferris State this season with 11 points (five goals, six assists).

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Michigan State right wing JOE COX (21), the homegrown freshman from Chelsea who has scored four goals while skating in all fifteen of the Spartans’ contests this season, has an unsuccessful shot on capable Ferris State netminder C. J. MOTTE (30) during the U. S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan.

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# 3 Miami Survive Proud Michigan State


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After being blanked at home by a decisive underdog, powerful # 3 MIAMI (OHIO) rebounded to post a pair of convincing 4-1 victories over proud but rebuilding MICHIGAN STATE in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s last-ever quarterfinal playoff round.

Michigan State has won the national championship three times in school history and made its 27th appearance at the annual NCAA tournament last season but arrived in Oxford with an overall record of 13 wins against 23 losses with three ties this term. No other CCHA program can match the 11 tournament titles the Spartans have already claimed, however, and the visitors were certainly more than happy to try and snatch yet one more. Indeed, it was Michigan State who prevailed 3-0 at the Goggin Ice Center on Friday night once goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND, the 19-year-old freshman from Butler, Pennsylvania, had turned aside 34 Miami shots.

After Spartans center MATT DEBLOUW, the homegrown freshman from Chesterfield who was the seventh round selection (# 186 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, scored just 28 seconds into the second contest on Saturday, it looked as if Michigan State just might be on its way, as well; DeBlouw had a goal in all three CCHA playoff games against the RedHawks in Oxford and finished the 2012/13 NCAA season tied for second on the Spartans with 21 points (10 goals).

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Michigan State’s Canadian legionnaire KEVIN WALROD, the undrafted senior left wing from Westside, British Columbia, slides along the ice after scoring his last-ever NCAA goal into an empty net during the CCHA quarterfinal series with the formidable Miami RedHawks at the Steve Cady Arena of the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.
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Miami, who captured its one and only CCHA tournament title in 2011, have really evolved into a legitimate national force to be reckoned with in the last decade. Appearances at eight of the last nine NCAA tournaments (including the current streak of seven consecutive invitations from the NCAA selection committee) confirm such status. Having watched last season’s CCHA playoff champion be knocked out in the quarterfinals this year, though, the Redhawks were not about to emulate Western Michigan.

Right wing JIMMY MULLIN, the sophomore from Cincinnati who was the fourth round choice (# 118 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2010 NHL Draft, notched his sixth goal of the season roughly ten and half minutes into Saturday’s night’s match with Michigan State and, less than 150 seconds later, sophomore center AUSTIN CZARNIK netted the first of his two goals in the contest to give the RedHawks a lead which it would never relinquish.

Sunday night’s decider was never really in doubt after Miami center KEVIN MORRIS, the undrafted freshman from Massena, New York, scored five minutes into the first period. The first of two goals from RedHawks rookie center SEAN KURALY, the homegrown freshman from Dublin who was taken in the fifth round (# 133 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks, ultimately chased Hildebrand to the bench. A late empty netter by Czarnik, his third goal of this CCHA quarterfinal playoff tie and 14th strike of this 2012/13 NCAA campaign, wrapped things up for the ever ambitious Miami (24-10-5) team.

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Spartans freshman netminder JAKE HILDEBRAND (30) despairs as Miami sophomore AUSTIN CZARNIK, the diminutive as well as undrafted sophomore from Washington, Michigan, raises his stick after scoring the go-ahead-goal in the first period of Saturday’s night’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal playoff series with Michigan State at the Steve Cady Arena of the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.

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Penn State 3 – Michigan State 2


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Penn State center JACOB FRIEDMAN (7), the sophomore from West Bloomfield in Michigan who totaled nine goals and 22 points in 30 games for the Nittany Lions at the “club” level last season, and Michigan State’s Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER (22), the junior center from Manitoba, compete for the puck that has just been dropped by the linesman during the thrilling Saturday night clash of Big Ten rivals at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing — (Julia Nagy/TheStateNews).
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After falling behind by a pair of goals just six and a half minutes into a contest at the rink of a school that has celebrated the NCAA national championship three times in its proud history, the rookie upstarts skating their inaugural season at the highest level of college hockey in the United States, rallied for three unanswered strikes as visiting PENN STATE clipped Big Ten rival and host MICHIGAN STATE 3-2 on the road in East Lansing.

The never-say-die Nittany Lions, who were noted by the partisan Spartan radio announcers for their willingness to fight hard for all loose pucks, certainly deserved to triumph after unloading 50 shots on the Michigan State net over the course of 60 minutes of play at the Munn Ice Arena. But Penn State were still forced to wait until late in the third period for a game-winner thanks to the standout work of the Spartans’ first-string goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND, the 19-year-old freshman from the western Pennsylvania town of Butler who racked up 47 saves. Finally, much to the chargin of the Michigan State supporters, a short-sided backhand from junior transfer TAYLOR HOLSTROM (his second goal of the weekend series with the Spartans) gave Penn State its first-ever triumph over an NCAA champion.

It was, of course, also Holstrom who had set up the second period equalizer for Penn State by left wing COREY BAILEY, the freshman from Anchorage, Alaska who seized the Nittany Lions scoring lead (23 ga, 12 go, 23 pts) with a commendable three-point effort against Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing. Right wing MAX GARDINER, the 20-year-old sophomore transfer from the University of Minnesota who is the only Nittany Lions player to have been drafted by an NHL club, also had three points in the Saturday night affair with the Spartans. Gardiner, who is the third-leading scorer with 20 points (two goals) for head coach GUY GADOWSKY’s surprising team this season, collected four assists in the weekend series against Michigan State.

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Michigan State goaltender JAKE HILDEBRAND — (Rey Del Rio/MSU Athletic Communications)
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Penn State netminder MATT SKOFF, the 21-year-old freshman from the western Pennsylvania town of McKees Rock who was a teammate of Hildebrand’s with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League during the 2010/11 campaign, recovered after a very slow start to record 31 saves in the historic defeat of three-time NCAA titlist Michigan State.

Skoff allowed a rather routine shot from Michigan State defenseman R.J. BOYD, the 21-year-old junior transfer from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut who was the seventh round pick (# 183 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, to trickle off his catching glove and and roll into the net less than four minutes into Big Ten match at the Munn Ice Arena and, roughly a minute and a half later, the Spartans doubled their advantage after a booming slapshot from the point allowed Canadian legionnaire MATT GRASSI, the senior from Burnaby, British Columbia, to grab his very first goal of this 2012/13 season.

After Penn State had evened the score at 2-2 and nearing the halfway point of the contest, however, Grassi would have no luck with another blast that beat Skoff (15 ga, 2.66 avg, .916 svpct) the clanked off the iron but was successfully smothered by the Penn State netminder.

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Penn State defenseman MARK YANIS (5), the 18-year-old freshman from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, who has registered seven points in only 11 NCAA games for the Nittany Lions this season, scored a massive goal just half a minute into the second period of the memorable Big Ten confrontation with Michigan State at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing on Saturday night — (Michael Caples/mihockeynow.com).
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Saturday – January 26, 2013
MICHIGAN STATE vs PENN STATE
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan

03:49 … MICH ST – Boyd 2 (Ferrantino, Hayes)
06:21 … MICH ST – Grassi 2 (Forfar, Ferrantino)
20:32 … PENN ST – Yanis 3 (Gardiner, Bailey) – ppg
23:13 … PENN ST – Bailey 12 (Holstrom, Gardiner)
55:59 … PENN ST – Holstrom 7 (Bailey, Gardiner)

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Grassi ; Boyd, Gatt – Sorenson, De Blouw, Berry ; Walrod, Reimer, Wolfe ; Forfar, Ferrantino, Hayes ; Keller, Hoomaian, Bondra

PENN STATE : Skoff – Dolan, O’Brien, Varley, Lordo; Yanis, Sweetland – Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Kirchhevel, Glen, Brooks ; Loik, Morrone, Olczyk ; Longo, Friedman, Saad

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PENN ST …… 50 = 19 + 17 + 14

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Michigan State’s homegrown center MATT DE BLOUW (19), the 19-year-old freshman from Chesterfield who was the seventh round (# 186 overall) selection of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft and is the second-leading scorer for the Spartans this season with 16 points (six goals), and Penn State center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (28), the 22-year-old junior from Yorba Linda, California, who transferred to Happy Valley from Mercyhurst University in the summer of 2011 and totaled 14 goals and 40 points in 25 games for the Nittany Lions at the “club” level last season, prepare for the drop of the puck at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — (Julia Nagy/TheStateNews).
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Michigan State welcomed back its leading scorer MATT BERRY (25 ga, 11 go, 20 pts), the homegrown sophomore from Canton, after his one-game suspension served on Friday night; once again, however, injured winger DAVID BONDRA, the 20-year-old freshman whose prolific father Peter Bondra appeared at five major international tournaments for Slovakia including both the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games over the course of his accomplsihed career, was dressed in uniform but did not take a single shift for the Spartans.

Nittany Lions head coach GUY GADOWSKY, the former University of Alaska at Fairbanks boss who has prior experience dealing with the Spartans from his earlier days behind the bench in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, made only two changes to the squad that narrowly lost to Michigan State late in the third period on Friday night.

Penn State forward JACOB FRIEDMAN, the 22-year-old sophomore out of West Bloomfield, Michigan, appeared in his 10th NCAA contest (1 go, 1 as) this season and centered the fourth line for the Nittany Lions flanked by the two hard-working seniors from from Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania, MICHAEL LONGO (21 ga, 2 go, 0 as) and GEORGE SAAD (16 ga, 0 go, 0 as), skating on the respective wings.

Making way in the Nittany Lions’ line-up for Friedman was MICHAEL MCDONAGH, the 21-year-old junior center from Wilmington, Massachusetts, who totaled 23 points (11 goals) in 32 games for the Nittany Lions at the “club” level last season and has accumulated six points (one goal) in 20 NCAA games for Penn State this season.

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Michigan State’s homegrown center MICHAEL FERRANTINO, the 20-year-old freshman from Plymouth who the netted the first goal of the weekend series with visiting Penn State, is checked by Nittany Lions center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (28), the junior transfer from California who, ultimately, scored the game-winning goal in the Saturday night match with the Spartans, during the NCAA contest watched by 6,132 spectators at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — (Julia Nagy/TheStateNews).

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Michigan State 5 – Penn State 3


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Penn State freshman DAVID GLEN (11), the freshman center from Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta who is the joint top scorer for the Nittany Lions having shot 12 goals in NCAA games this season, and Michigan State’s homegrown senior ANTHONY HAYES (21), the 24-year-old right wing out of Canton who spent three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers in the United State Hockey League, face-off during the memorable weekend clash of budding Big Ten rivals at the tradition-filled Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — (photo from http://thankyouterry.blogspot.com/).
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Facing a historically successful school that has won an NCAA national championship at the Division 1-A level in men’s ice hockey for the very first time ever and away from home at a rink that has set the NCAA record for most consecutive sell-outs, no less, the courageous rookies for PENN STATE did everything but earn a result in its clash with Big Ten rival MICHIGAN STATE this past Friday night.

The Nittany Lions erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 in the second period to skate on level terms with the Spartans for almost three-quarters of the last period at the partisan-filled Munn Ice Arena. Penn State only fell behind after defenseman CONNOR VARLEY, the promising freshman from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, received a five-minute major for checking-from-behind at the 12:24 mark of the final frame. Michigan State capitalized on the ensuing power play when TANNER SORENSON, the 19-year-old sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who is the second-leading goal-scorer for the Spartans this season, tallied for the second time in the game against Penn State almost two minutes later and, ultimately, closed things out with an empty netter from junior right wing GREG WOLFE.

Penn State did, however, give a very good account of itself despite the narrow loss and would fearlessly return the very next night for yet another crack at the proud Spartan program …

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Michigan State’s Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER (22), the junior center from Manitoba who registered 30 points in 39 games for the Spartans last season but has dipped to just 12 points in 23 points this term, is challenged by Penn State’s homegrown defenseman CONNOR VARLEY (3), the freshman from Lansdale who leads all Nittany Lions blueliners with both four goals and 12 points in NCAA games this season, during the clash of Big Ten rivals at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan.
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Friday – January 25, 2013
MICHIGAN STATE vs PENN STATE
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan

12:42 — MICH ST : Ferrantino 2 (Keller, Hayes)
26:55 — MICH ST : Sorenson 7 (Boyd, Walsh)
28:25 — PENN ST : Olczyk 3 (Varley, Loik) – shg
34:38 — PENN ST : Holstrom 6 (Gardiner, Bailey)
35:38 — MICH ST : Walrod 3 (Chelios)
36:12 — PENN ST : Glen 12 (Kirchhevel, Brooks)
54:17 — MICH ST : Sorenson 8 (Walsh, Walrod) – ppg
59:44 — MICH ST : Wolfe 3 (Reimer) – eng

MICHIGAN STATE : Yankaeff – Chelios, Draeger ; Walsh, Grassi ; Boyd, Gatt – Sorenson, DeBlouw, Forfar ; Walrod, Reimer, Wolfe ; Keller, Ferrantino, Hayes ; Bondra, Hoomaian

PENN STATE : Skoff – Daley, O’Brien ; Varley, Lordo ; Yanis, Sweetland – Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Kirchhevel, Glen, Brooks ; Loik, McDonagh, Olczyk ; Longo, Morrone, Saad

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MICH STATE …… 32 = 12 + 11 + 9
PENN STATE …… 30 = 7 + 13 + 10

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Michigan State netminder WILL YANAKEFF watches the shot from Penn State’s homecoming defenseman MARK YANIS (5), the 19-year-old freshman from Grosse Pointe Woods in the Great Lakes state of Michigan who has scored twice on his first 10 appearances at the NCAA level for the Nittany Lions, sail just wide of the the goalpost to his left during the Big Ten meeting at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — (Katie Stiefel/The State News)
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Michigan State were minus the services of homegrown top scorer MATT BERRY, the 20-year-old sophomore right wing from Canton who leads the Spartans with both 11 goals and 20 points this term but was suspended, for its first-ever meeting with fellow Big Ten adversary Penn State.

The Spartans were also without homegrown sophomore BRENT DARNELL, the injured sophomore who also hails from Canton and ranks third on the Spartans with 15 points (six goals) this season. Freshman winger DAVID BONDRA, the son of former NHL sniper PETER BONDRA who is still looking for a first goal at the collegiate level after appearing in 24 NCAA games for the Spartans this term, was dressed but also did not play on account of injury. Freshman defenseman RHETT HOLLAND, the fourth round pick (# 102 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, is one of four players on the Michigan State roster to have been tabbed by an NHL club but has only appeared in three games for the Spartans so far this season.

Michigan State junior defenseman JAKE CHELIOS is, in fact, the son of former Norris Trophy-winning NHL defenseman CHRIS CHELIOS; older brother DEAN CHELIOS, the 23-year-old senior winger who scored 20 goals in his first three NCAA seasons for the Spartans, has missed this entire 2012/13 campaign due to a crippling shoulder injury.

Penn State were without junior defenseman NATE JENSEN, the native Minnesotan who transferred from Mercyhurst University of Erie (Pa.) and is the second-highest scorer among all Nittany Lions rearguards with nine points (two goals) this season. Returning was JOSEPH LORDO, the 20-year-old freshman defenseman from St. Louis, Missouri, who missed one of Penn State’s NCAA games for the first time all term last week. Remaining on the outside looking in was Canadian legionnaire LUKE JUHA, the 19-year-old freshman from Ontario who has registered seven points (one goal) in 19 NCAA games for the Nittany Lions this term.

Nittany Lions head coach GUY GADOWSKY also restored Canadian legionnaire CURTIS LOIK, the freshman winger from North Vancouver in British Columbia who scored five goals in his first 20 NCAA games, and MICHAEL MCDONAGH, the junior center from Massachusetts, to the Penn State line-up for Friday’s night match in East Lansing. These two forwards had sat out the previous week’s contest against the University of Vermont at the Wells Fargo Center on South Broad Street so that Nittany Lions seniors native to the greater metropolitan Philadelphia area, such as GEORGE STEINOUR (Carlisle, Pa.) and DOMINIC MORRONE (Sewell, New Jersey), might appear in front of the home folk.

Sophomore forward JACOB FRIEDMAN, the 22-year-old native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, who had appeared in nine of Penn State’s first 21 NCAA games this season, was scratched from the line-up for the Nittany Lions’ inaugural meeting with Michigan State in East Lansing.

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Michigan State right wing GREG WOLFE (86), the homegrown junior out of Canton who scored 10 goals in 38 games for the Spartans as a sophomore but has seen his production decline sharply this season, and Penn State defenseman BRIAN DOLAN (25), the hardy senior from Havertown, Pennsylvania, who skated three seasons for the Nittany Lions at the “club” level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, chase after the puck along the boards during the NCAA clash of Big Ten rivals at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — (Julia Nagy/TheStateNews).

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