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Ice hockey, women’s hoops and a visit from Brian Lewerke

Valparaiso v Michigan State Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

It’s always great to be a Spartan, isn’t it?

Oh sure, sometimes a football season doesn’t go the way we want, but at the end of the day there’s always something to be pretty jazzed about.

The last week we have no shortage of those things that don’t get as much attention. Well, let’s try to fix that and point out some cool things that have gone down over the last few days.

HOW ABOUT THOSE ICY SPARTANS?!?

The Spartans mens hockey team has been on a tear since a so-so start to the season, coming in at No. 20 in the latest USCHO rankings. So, how did they even find themselves there with a 6-5-1 record? Well, going 4-1-1 in the last six games helps, but who they did it against helps even more.

Three weekends ago the Spartans went into No. 6 Penn State’s rink and skated out with a win and a loss — not bad for a team still considered in the rebuilding phase under third year head coach Danton Cole.

The next weekend? Just a casual two-game sweep against Michigan. The weekend after that? A tie and a win against No. 3 Notre Dame.

Goaltender John Lethemon was in net for all six games to give MSU the strong showing between the pipes. Logan Lambdin was clutch with the game-winner against Michigan to start off the sweep and the game-tying goal against Notre Dame with Sam Saliba throwing the dagger in with 1:10 left in the game. Patrick Khodorenko — who leads MSU in points and goals on the season — tallied six combined points with five goals and an assist in the first three games of this six game stretch.

Next up is another solid test coming this weekend at No. 11 Ohio State with a game on Saturday and Sunday. Big Ten Network will be broadcasting Sunday’s game.

HOW ABOUT THOSE LADY SPARTANS?!?

The MSU women’s basketball team is on a white-hot start to their season, kicking things off with a 5-0 overall record.

Of course, the biggest win of the season for the No. 15-ranked Spartans came two weeks ago when they went to South Bend and downed then-No. 15-ranked Notre Dame. Sophomore star Nia Clouden led the Spartans with 28 points in the 72-69 thriller, and she also leads the Spartans on the season with 16.0 points per game.

The Spartans will be in a tropical setting this weekend as they’ll be tipping off in the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas this Friday against LSU. They’ll either face Memphis or Kansas State the next day, and hopefully they get to enjoy their time down in the Bahamas before, in between and after games.

LEWERKE SURPRISES TEEN FAN

This is really cool — helping out Wish Upon A Teen, Brian Lewerke went to Sparrow Hospital to visit a young Spartan fan battling cancer.

After meeting him Lewerke also helped add some green and white to the room.