By @MichaelCaples –
It was a good weekend for the Michigan State.
The Spartans welcomed Minnesota to Munn Ice Arena for a Big Ten series, and MSU took them both by 5-3 scores in a Saturday/Sunday match-up.
That means six important Big Ten points for MSU, and a big moment for the program, as well, as it’s the first time the Spartans have swept Minnesota since 1976.
“This is a big sweep for us,” MSU head coach Danton Cole said. “That’s a Big Ten sweep. Cornell was a good one, obviously, on the road, that was a lot of fun. We’ve had some good moments but this is a Big Ten series and Minnesota has had their way with us, I thought last year they did. I thought we played some decent games against them, but to win the season series, 3-1, and get six points at home, we did not leave anything on the table.”
Michigan State now sits in fourth in the Big Ten standings with 19 points – one point above rival Michigan. This upcoming weekend, they play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Taro Hirose built upon his NCAA scoring lead on the weekend, as he recorded five assists in the two games to increase his season points total to 40.
Sophomore Mitch Lewandowski scored two goals in each of the contests, as well. The Clarkston native has 11 goals and 25 points in 2018-19.
Junior goaltender John Lethemon played both games between the pipes for the Spartans, stopping a total of 71 shots. The Farmington Hills native even factored into the scoring, picing up an assist on Saturday.
Highlights from Saturday:
🎥 Highlights of tonight’s 5-3 victory over Minnesota ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/MIAcaMmveF
— MSU_Hockey (@MSU_Hockey) January 20, 2019
Check out the highlights from Sunday’s 5-3 win to complete the sweep of Minnesota! pic.twitter.com/qpbjLemnzI
— MSU_Hockey (@MSU_Hockey) January 21, 2019