With the pivotal sweep over No. 20 Notre Dame, the Spartans remain on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble.
It’s been 17 years since No. 17 Michigan State last swept No. 20 Notre Dame, a remarkable streak that ended Saturday in East Lansing.
Potent special teams and goaltending can be the difference when the margins are slim, and MSU had both on Friday night.
Sitting just outside the 16-team NCAA tournament bubble at No. 18 in the PairWise rankings, the Spartans are fighting to earn a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The Spartans have the opportunity to regroup and redeem themselves as they return to 3M Arena for a rematch with the Gophers Saturday at 5 p.m.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. Friday night and 5 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be televised on Bally Sports North, as well as streaming on Big Ten Plus.
Viktor Hurtig had never been to the United States until this summer, but the late find by Michigan State's coaching staff is paying off already.
Jagger Joshua has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, but most importantly it's translating to wins for Michigan State.
The Spartans return home to Munn Ice Arena for the first time since Dec. 9 – the date of their last win. They face the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Spartans continued to struggle with penalties in their fifth straight loss, but Nightingale remains optimistic and said the team is not done learning yet.