EAST LANSING, Michigan — Michigan State hockey had a lot of options to play in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Notre Dame knocked off Michigan, so the Spartans now headed to South Bend.
The Spartans and Fighting Irish battled in the first conference series of the weekend, and now, they will once again face off.
“In a perfect world, you want to be able to control your own destiny, and we were in a spot where we weren’t able to, and you had to sit back and watch. Obviously, we’d love to play at home, but regardless Without doing that, we have such a good league, an easy draw was not going to happen,” said head coach Adam Nightingale.
Nightingale wanted to regain respect in college hockey this year, and the Spartans have done just that. After being picked to finish bottom of the Big Ten, MSU missed home ice by one point.
Senior forward Jagger Joshua said, “I don’t think it’s the craziest thing in the world. I knew the kind of kids we had here.” “Obviously, people outside of our locker room didn’t expect us to, but I can’t say that myself.”
This weekend will be even bigger as Michigan State enters the weekend as the No. 19 team in the pair rankings. The top 16 teams make up the NCAA Tournament.