Spartans Draw Colorado College in NCAA Tournament

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MSU’s title defense begins Friday in Colorado Springs 


East Lansing, Mich. -  Reigning National Champion Michigan State, a No. 3 seed, has drawn No. 2 seed Colorado College in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Colorado College is hosting the West Regional at the Colorado Springs World Arena on Friday and Saturday, with No. 1 New Hampshire and No. 4 Notre Dame rounding out the field.  Play begins on Friday when UNH and Notre Dame face off at 6:30 p.m. eastern time (4:30 MT), followed by the Spartans and host Tigers at 10 p.m. eastern (8 p.m. MT). Winners advance to Saturday’s regional final, which will be played at 10 p.m. eastern (8 MT). 


The Spartans enter the NCAA Tournament - their third straight selection to the field and 26th overall -  with a 24-11-5 overall record and finished third in the CCHA regular-season behind Michigan and Miami. In the league’s post-season tournament Spartans fell to Northern Michigan (5-1, 1-2, 2-3 OT) in the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinal series at Munn Arena and missed out on the league’s championship weekend for the first time in 17 seasons. 


Friday will serve as the 80th meeting of Michigan State and Colorado College; MSU trails the all-time series 33-45-1. CC holds a 26-13-0 edge all-time in Colorado Springs.  This will be the third NCAA Tournament meeting of the schools: The Spartans won, 4-3, in the 1999 quarterfinals in Madison, Wis.; the Tigers took a 2-0 decision when the teams met in the 2002 quarterfinals in Ann Arbor, Mich. Colorado College won the McNaughton Cup as the regular-season WCHA champion, but finished fourth in its conference tournament with losses to Denver and North Dakota; the Tigers are currently 28-11-1. 


New Hampshire (25-9-3) won the regular-season Hockey East title and fell to eventual tournament champion Boston College in the semifinals of the conference tournament, while Notre Dame (24-15-4) finished fourth both in the CCHA regular-season and in the post-season tournament in Detroit, falling to Miami in the semifinal and Northern Michigan in the consolation game.

West Regional    •    March 28-29, 2008 

Colorado Springs, Colo. • Colorado Springs World Arena 

Host: Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation;       Host Site:  

GAMETIMES: 6:30 & 10 p.m. (Friday) / 10 p.m. (Saturday) - All times eastern 


TICKET INFORMATION: $89 all-session ticket.(Friday and Saturday games); Monday & Tuesday – Spartan Ticket Office will take request-with-payment from any Ralph Young Fund or University Development donors, Season Ticket Holders, MSU Student and Alumni, with a six (6) ticket limit.  Call 1-800-GO-STATE or 517-355-1610. 





Some of the top notes you need to know about Michigan State’s NCAA Tournament History ... 


• Michigan State is making its 26th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. 


• The Spartans are 28-28-1 all-time in their previous 25 appearances, with three NCAA titles (1966, 1986, and 2007), 11 Frozen Four appearances, and have played in five NCAA title games.         


• Michigan State was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament field; the Spartans fell to Northern Michigan in the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinal series at Munn Arena and missed out on the league’s championship weekend for the first time in 17 seasons and just the second time in 27 years.  


• Michigan State’s 25 previous NCAA Tournament appearances ranks fifth all-time in the NCAA annals, and MSU is one of 14 schools to win multiple NCAA Ice Hockey Championships. The Spartans’ streak of nine consecutive appearances from 1982-1990 ranks fourth all-time, while its 11 Frozen Four appearances rank in a tie for eighth place with Maine, which missed the NCAA Tournament field this season. 


• Michigan State is a No. 3 seed in the tournament, and won the 2007 title as a No. 3.  Last year, three No. 3 seeds advanced to the Frozen Four, and went 8-3 overall in tournament play - the No. 1 seeds went 2-4, No. 2 went 3-4, and No. 4 went 2-4.  


• MSU head coach Rick Comley is making his 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, and fourth as the coach of the Spartans. He owns an overall 15-11-0 (5-2 at MSU) mark in NCAA Tournament games, with three trips to the Frozen Four and two NCAA titles - with Northern Michigan in 1991 and last year with Michigan State. 


• Rick Comley is one of three coaches all-time to win NCAA Division I hockey championships at two different institutions. Ned Harkness won titles at Renssleaer (1954) and Cornell (1967 and 1970) and Jerry York at Bowling Green (1984) and his alma mater, Boston College (2001). 


• Jeff Lerg was the Midwest Regional MVP and on the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team a year ago. In six career NCAA Tournament games, Lerg has allowed nine goals and made 169 saves - a 1.50 GAA and .950 save percentage with one shutout; he is tied for third all-time in the NCAA annals in GAA, and ranks fourth in save percentage. With a 5-1 career NCAA Tournament record, he ranks ninth in winning percentage (.833). 


• The Spartans put four players on the All-Tournament teams in both the regional and Frozen Four a year ago, and lost only one of those athletes to graduation: Tyler Howells, who was named to both teams. Tim Kennedy, Chris Mueller, and Jeff Lerg made the regional squad, while Kennedy, Lerg and Justin Abdelkader (MVP) from the Frozen Four team.