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PREVIEW: Michigan State to battle Michigan for sixth time in NCAA tournament regional final

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo – For the sixth time this season, No. 1 seed Michigan State hockey will face off against No. 3 seed Michigan, this time in the NCAA tournament regional final with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line.

Both the Spartans and Wolverines had come from behind wins to advance to the final.

MSU advanced to the regional final after rallying from a 4-2 deficit to defeat Western Michigan 5-4 in overtime off a game-winning goal by senior forward Jeremy Davidson. Sophomore forward Karsen Dorwart and senior defenseman Nash Nienhuis also helped spark the rally for MSU with goals in the third period.

The Wolverines defeated North Dakota 4-3, rallying from a 2-1 deficit entering the third period to advance to the regional final. Junior forward Dylan Duke’s two goals in the third period led Michigan, while sophomore forwards Frank Nazar and TJ Hughes also recorded goals in the win.

The Spartans enter this game with a 4-1 record against Michigan on the season and have won the last four meetings against their rival. Their last win came just a week ago when they defeated the Wolverines 5-4 in overtime to capture the Big Ten Tournament Championship.

Michigan’s lone win against the Spartans came in the first game of the season series on Jan. 19 at Munn Ice Arena, in which the Wolverines won 7-1.

The key to a Spartan victory will be to control the Wolverines on the power play. Michigan is the number one team in the nation in power play percentage, while MSU ranks seventh.

The Wolverines will need to take advantage of their opportunities on the power play against Michigan State’s defense, which struggles to kill penalties.

The Spartans will look to advance to their first Frozen Four since winning the 2007 National Championship, while Michigan is looking to advance to their third straight Frozen Four. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. ET from Centene Community Ice Center.

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Caden Handwork
Caden is a sophomore journalist from Gross Pointe, Mich. He is the host of the Hedging the Bet podcast and a general assignment reporter for Impact 89FM.

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