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Spartan Hockey eliminated from NCAA tournament in first round

3-1 loss to Union in the first round. Still, after where the hockey program was the past couple years, making the tournament at all is something of a moral victory.

Hockey Bubble Talk: Waiting and Hoping

Michigan State's CCHA tournament run may be over, but the season may not be just yet. What should Spartan hockey fans be rooting for this weekend to reach the NCAA tournament?

Hockey Bubble Talk: CCHA Quarterfinals

What should Spartan hockey fans be rooting for this weekend? An in-depth look at the Pairwise Rankings and what it means for Michigan State.

Hockey Bubble Talk: March 2-4 Edition

A look at the Pairwise Rankings with an eye toward Michigan State's chances of reaching the NCAA tournament.

Hockey on TV tonight!

(Bumped. We'll use this as the hockey open thread for tonight.) Nationally, too, it's on CBS College Sports Network! Click on this link, then in the lower right hand corner, enter your zip code & TV provider to find the local channel. This is a huge game, as we know from Spartan Dan's analysis, as it has a major impact on seeding for the CCHA tournament, and presumabley, the NCAA tourney as well. Puck drops at 835 pm ET, and here's a link to the gametracker from MSU's athletics site.

Hockey Sweeps Alaska, In Position for Bye to CCHA Quarterfinals

Making sense of the chaos of the CCHA standings with one week to go. What does Michigan State need to do to get a bye?

Weekend Recap: Hoops Wins at OSU, Hockey Splits with Michigan

Recapping a great weekend for the Spartans' men's basketball and hockey teams, as the former beat #3 Ohio State and the latter split with #3 Michigan.

Hockey Bracketology

We're the 4 seed (lowest) in the East by the USCHO projection; first-round matchup with Mass-Lowell, with Union and BC in the other half of the region. Big series this weekend with Michigan - at Munn tonight (7:35 ET, BTN), Joe Louis tomorrow (same time, Fox Sports Detroit). They've been on a major roll since the GLI, aided by Jon Merrill's return from a coach-imposed suspension and some great play from Shawn Hunwick in net. Chris Brown, their second-leading scorer, will be out tonight due to picking up a game DQ for fighting last weekend against Miami. Despite being a matchup of the teams at #3 and #7 in the conference standings, we actually have the two best goal differentials in conference play (Michigan +19, MSU +8; Ferris and Western, the conference leaders, are both at +7). A sweep could vault us up as high as second place; a split probably keeps us in the bracket for next week.

Hockey 12th (Edit: 13th) in Pairwise After Sweeping Ohio State

(Edit: Late-night results moved us down a spot.) Good way to recover from Ferris sweeping us last weekend. Tied for 7th in the CCHA with Lake State, but Ferris is only two games ahead of us in first place. Next up: Michigan (home Friday, Joe Louis on Saturday) - and their game with Miami tonight featured a late brawl that earned Chris Brown a game DQ (automatic one-game suspension, so he'll be out Friday).

Hockey 14th in Pairwise After Win, Shootout Loss vs. Lake Superior State

The Spartans recovered from that ugly sweep at the hands of Miami to take 9 points out of a possible 12 over the past two weekends (a win and tie each weekend, winning the shootout against Northern Michigan). MSU sits 8th in the CCHA, which is even more of a mess than the Big Ten in basketball: first-place OSU is just six points ahead, and we have two games in hand on them (as well as on Miami, Michigan, and Lake State). 14th in the Pairwise is a key spot: assuming two auto-bids that would not get at-large bids (which is typical), 14th is the last spot in the tournament. Up ahead: a two-week road stretch at Ferris State this weekend, Ohio State next.

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