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MSU hockey's Trey Augustine named Big Ten Second Star of the Week, Spartans move up to fifth in USA Hockey polls

March 6, 2024
<p>Michigan State goaltender No. 1 Trey Augustine taunts the Minnesota bench after the go-ahead goal at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan on Jan. 26, 2024. Michigan State secured a huge win to take a commanding lead of first in the Big Ten.</p>

Michigan State goaltender No. 1 Trey Augustine taunts the Minnesota bench after the go-ahead goal at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan on Jan. 26, 2024. Michigan State secured a huge win to take a commanding lead of first in the Big Ten.

Photo by Brendan Mullin | The State News

Coming off of a split weekend against the Wisconsin Badgers and clinching the Big Ten regular season champions title, the Spartans made moves in the polls for the final week of the regular season before hopping into the Big Ten Tournament.

While Michigan State stayed in its No. 6 rank in the USCHO polls – just behind the Badgers – as well as keeping its No. 5 spot in the PairWise rankings, the Spartans jumped ahead of their previous opponents into the No. 5 rank in the USA Hockey polls, just behind the powerhouse Denver University by one lone point. 

Michigan State ended the regular season with a total of 59 points and a 22-9-3 overall record and a record of 16-6-2 in Big Ten play. 

Freshman netminder Trey Augustine was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week yet again for his weekend performance against Wisconsin; he finished with 80 saves on the weekend. This is Augustine's fourth time with a Big Ten honor, tying for the most in the league this season. 

Last weekend, he stopped 80 of the 85 shots that he faced during the series, which includes the 44 shots he faced on Friday that helped the team claim their Big Ten conference title. The 44 saves tied his season-best, dating back to the November series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. 

Augustine is ranked third in saves made by a goaltender nationally with a total of 979, and his save percentage is ranked 17th in the country with .917, as told in a press release. He has also finished each complete game this season with at least 25 saves. 

The Spartans received a bye-week from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten and will host a semifinal match on March 16. Their opponent and the time of the match are both undetermined as of right now.

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