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Emily Martin

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Friday, Feb. 9, the Michigan State hockey team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 5-1 in the second set of in-state rivalry games this season at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. After splitting their last series, the Spartans came into this game looking to get a win in game one.

Michigan State has worked tirelessly to prove its talent this far in the season, and with only five more games left this year, they are not looking to let up anytime soon.

“We still have a long way to go. We’re headed in the right direction and it’s exciting,” head coach Adam Nightingale said. “We just got to focus on one game at a time.”

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Skating onto the ice with pure determination and speed, freshman forward Tommi Mannisto took a shot on the Wolverines’ net in the first minute but just missed wide. This seemed to set the tone for the rest of the first period.

Michigan State successfully kept possession of the puck throughout the first period, dominating on the opponent’s end. The Spartans put up some great shots on the Wolverines’ net but failed to get any past Michigan goaltender Jake Barczewski.

Throughout the entirety of the game, there was intense commotion in front of the net for both sides, but the pressure seemed to build immensely in front of Michigan’s net. Despite the scramble, freshman goaltender Trey Augustine made some strong saves, one particularly standing out at 7:44 into the first.

Mannisto and freshman defenceman Patrick Geary were noted for their speed in the first period, with both Spartans stopping near breakaway attempts by the Wolverines.

Around the end of the first period, it seemed that Michigan was getting a little impatient and somewhat testy towards Michigan State, but the Spartans kept their composure in response to their aggression.

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Fifth-year forward Nico Muller tried to claim the first goal of the night with an incredible shot on Barczewski, but hit the post and deflected the other way. The end of the period remained scoreless.

The clock continued for another 10 and a half minutes before someone got a puck into the net, which went to the Wolverines. Like most times, the Spartans aren’t going to let Michigan get too excited. Junior forward Tanner Kelly swiftly banked in a goal for MSU just 25 seconds after Michigan got one past Augustine, tying the score 1-1 with 9:20 left in the second period. The assists went to Mannisto and sophomore forward Tiernan Shoudy.

The effort was there by both teams, but nobody could break the tie in the final minutes of the second period, keeping the board showing 2-2.

Going into the third period the game was still completely up for grabs for the final 20 minutes. That was until sophomore forward Daniel Russell lit the lamp at Yost Ice Arena for Spartan goal number three, assisted by sophomore forwards Isaac Howard and Karsen Dorwart in the fourth minute.

“I think it just shows you know, we can go play in any environment, we’re not going to be timid or anything like that,” Howard said. “I think that’s a great, great quality to have as a team.”

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That wasn’t enough though, as freshman defenceman Maxim Strbak claimed another for Michigan State at 8:13 into the final 20 minutes. A lot of aggressive back-and-forth momentum filled much of the third period until Michigan State decided to give the audience a moment of deja vu.

For the second time that evening, the Spartans favored scoring a goal within 25 seconds of the previous one, but this time it was two MSU goals within 25 seconds of each other. Not only that, but the goals happened to be empty netters by junior forward Red Savage and senior forward Jeremy Davidson.

Savage and Davidson brought the final score to 5-1 at the buzzer, solidifying the Spartans’ first consecutive wins at Yost Ice Arena since 2017. Michigan State will look to complete the sweep against Michigan as both sides prepare for the annual Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 8:30 pm.



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Notre Dame’s recent lucky charm of success playing at Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena ran out Saturday night.

Marshall Warren, a graduate-transfer defenseman from Boston College, beat Notre Dame goaltender Ryan Bischel with a slapshot while skating across the deep slot with 2:57 remaining in regulation to give the No. 16 Wolverines a 2-1 victory and two-game sweep of their Big Ten series Saturday night.

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Prior to the series, coach Jeff Jackson’s Fighting Irish (15-17-2 overall, 9-13-2 Big Ten) were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games at Yost dating back to the 2018-19 season. But the sweep (Michigan won Friday 4-0) allowed coach Brandon Naurato’s Wolverines (17-12-3 overall, 10-10-2 Big Ten) to move past the Irish into solo fourth place with a 34-31 edge in points with two games in hand. 

The home sweep of the Irish was the first by the Wolverines since the 1996-97 season when alumnus Gordon “Red” Berenson, whose signature is on the Yost ice surface, was the head coach during a 33-year tenure.

Friday night: No. 16 Michigan puts serious dent in Irish home-ice playoff hopes with 4-0 victory

The Wolverines now set their sights on finishing ahead of third-place Minnesota, which has 37 points, when the two teams meet next weekend in Minneapolis. If Michigan does finish third, Notre Dame will play at Minnesota March 8-10. If the Gophers prevail, however, it’s back to Yost for the Irish.

Saturday night, Michigan’s Jake Barczewski, who had 22 saves in the Friday victory, and Bischel stood their ground in a matchup of graduate goaltenders. Both finished with 28 saves for the game, with Bischel stopping 14 of the 15 shots launched in the final period by Michigan, which started the final period with a 13-0 shot advantage. 

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Indeed, Tyler Carpenter’s slapshot which Barczewski, a grad transfer from Canisius, stopped at 13:58 of the third period was Notre Dame’s first shot on goal in 15½ minutes going back into the second period. The Irish finished with 10 shots in the final period, all of them in the final 6:02.

Notre Dame’s only goal of the game was scored at 3:05 of the first period on the power play when freshman center Danny Nelson beat Barczewski from the left faceoff dot after being set up by Cole Knuble and Ryan Siedem. It came with Michigan skating short a man after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 1:34 when Irish defenseman Jack Boltman, checked into the Wolverine bench, was restrained from getting back into the action.

Nelson later was assisted off the ice at 8:32 of the third period after colliding with Michigan’s Mark Estapa, who later received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for sending ice shavings up into Bischel at 11:12 after the Irish goalie made a save just before the media timeout. There was no word to the extent of Nelson’s injury.

Notre Dame goaltender Bischel named Big Ten First Star of Week

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Like the Irish in the third period, Michigan started slowly on their Senior Night, not getting off its first shot at Bischel until Rutger McGroarty’s effort was turned aside at 8:56 of the first period. Twenty seconds later, it appeared the Wolverines had tied it at 1-1 on a goal by defenseman Seamus Casey. But Jackson challenged the possession, believing Michigan had entered the Irish zone offsides, and a review showed that T.J. Hughes of Michigan indeed had, wiping out the goal.

But Michigan’s tenacity continued, and speedy Gavin Brindley tied the game with his 20th goal of the season, beating Bischel high over his gloved (left) hand at 10:40. Warren and Ethan Edwards received assists.

The Irish later killed off a tripping penalty to Grand Silianoff, and the teams would skate four aside for two minutes beginning at 15:06 with no further scoring.

Late in the period, McGroarty hit Carter Slaggert from behind at the Irish bench, and after a review, the Michigan player went off for boarding at 18:35. Barczewski made four saves until the period ended, allowing the Irish to outshoot the Wolverines 8-7 in the period. Notre Dame’s defense, meanwhile, blocked 11 other Michigan shots from getting to Bischel.

Barczewski had the first four saves of the second period and finished with 11 as neither team scored in the middle session. Bischel turned away eight shots in the period and again got help from his teammates, who had another 11 blocked shots on his way to 27 for the night.

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MICHIGAN 2, NOTRE DAME 1

At Red Berenson Rink in Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Notre Dame | 1 | 0 | 0—1    

Michigan | 1 | 0 | 1—2

First Period—Scoring: 1. Notre Dame, Danny Nelson 9 (Cole Knuble, Ryan Siedem) PP 3:05; 2. Michigan, Gavin Brindley 20 (Marshall Warren, Ethan Edwards) EV 10:40. Penalties: Notre Dame 2-4, Michigan 3-6.

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Second Period—Scoring: None. Penalties: Notre Dame 0-0 (2-4), Michigan 0-0 (3-6).

Third Period—Scoring: 3. Michigan, Marshall Warren 2 (Gavin Brindley, Rutger McGroarty) EV 17:03. Penalties: Notre Dame 2-4 (4-8), Michigan 2-4 (5-10).

Shots on goal: Notre Dame 29 (8-11-10), Michigan 30 (7-8-15). Goalie saves: Notre Dame, Ryan Bischel 28 (6-8-14); Michigan, Jake Barczewski 28 (7-11-10).

 Power-play opportunities: Notre Dame 1 of 3, Michigan 0 of 2. Faceoffs won: Notre Dame 34 (13-13-8), Michigan 22 (7-8-7). Blocked shots: Notre Dame 27 (11-11-5), Michigan 18 (5-7-6).

Referees: Barry Pochmara and Tony Czech. Linesmen: Pat Richardson and Samuel Shikowsky. A: 5,800 (5,800).

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Big Ten standings: 1. Michigan State 15-5-2, 49 points (21-8-3 overall)2. Wisconsin 15-6-1, 47 points (24-8-2 overall)3. Minnesota 12-6-4, 37 points (19-8-5 overall)4. Michigan 10-10-2, 34 points (17-12-3 overall)5. Notre Dame 9-13-2, 31 points (15-17-2 overall)6. Penn State 5-14-3, 21 points (13-16-3 overall)7. Ohio State 4-16-2, 15 points (12-16-4 overall).

Saturday’s games: Michigan 2, Notre Dame 1; Michigan State 5, Ohio State 2; Wisconsin 3, Penn State 2 (OT).

Friday’s results: Michigan 4, Notre Dame 0Ohio State 6, Michigan State 2Wisconsin 6, Penn State 0.

March 1-2 series: Michigan at MinnesotaPenn State at Ohio StateMichigan State at WisconsinNotre Dame-idle.



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After a 70-66 victory against Michigan last Sunday and a 68-59 victory over Purdue on Wednesday, the Michigan State women’s basketball team collected its third victory in a row as the team dominated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 93-57 on Saturday, Feb. 24. With this win, the Spartans now sit at 20-7 in overall play and 10-6 in Big Ten conference games and the Scarlet Knights fall to 8-22 overall and 2-15 in conference games.

This game gave the Spartans a series sweep over Rutgers this season, as they beat them the first time around 82-64 in late January. The Spartans are now currently competing with Nebraska for the fourth spot in the Big Ten, and with this win, inch closer to capturing that No. 4 ranking in the women’s Big Ten tournament

The band began to play the traditional Michigan State fight song, the national anthem lifted fans to their feet, “Go Green, Go White” chants reigned throughout the arena and the game started as Rutgers center Chyna Cornwell won the inaugural tip to get this matchup started.   

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While the game started off quickly for Rutgers with a steal and score by Destiny Adams, it was MSU’s quick three-point offense that plagued the Scarlet Knights. Spartan guards Moira Joiner and Abbey Kimball knocked down a pair of threes in the first four minutes to give the Spartans an early 11-4 lead.

Defensively, both teams brought the full-court press early. This strategy initially worked for Rutgers as they began to turn things around, forcing three early turnovers. However, it was the missed opportunities by the Scarlet Knights– missed fastbreak layups and other shots– that allowed the Spartans to hold their early lead.

Following a quick timeout, Rutgers came out of the gate swinging, regaining the lead by going on a quick 8-0 run to bring the score to 12-11. However, it was the three-point game that broke the 8-0 run as a flurry of three-pointers by Joiner, Kimball and guard Julia Ayrault shot the Spartans out back in front 27-15. The first quarter horn sounded and the Spartans would start the second quarter with a 12-point advantage. 

Joiner started off the second quarter quickly, as only 15 seconds in, she hit a quick corner three to extend the lead to 15, the largest of the night at this point. Rutgers continued to bring its full-court press but MSU had no trouble breaking it. The Spartans started off the quarter on an 8-0 run to bring the score to 35-15, before the Scarlet Knights were forced to call a timeout to get things in order. 

Following the timeout, Rutgers began to quicken things up and eventually ended their scoreless drought with a Jillian Huerter three-pointer. For the Spartans offensively, they began to slow down the game as they took the ball to the hoop and converted on almost everything inside the paint. The Spartans weren’t missing and it was clear that Rutgers was in trouble, and the team’s head coach Coquese Washington was having none of it as she called her second timeout of the quarter. 

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The troubles continued for the Scarlet Knights as Joiner hit a step-back three to extend Michigan State’s lead to 49-22. It was at that time when Spartan guard DeeDee Hagemann, who was at the time having a quiet game, began to step up defensively, forcing back-to-back turnovers late in the second quarter. As time winded down in the half, the Spartans couldn’t draw up a final play to extend their lead and missed two shots as the halftime horn sounded. The Spartans, heading into the locker room, were having a dominating performance, as they were up 51-27. 

For Joiner, it was her impeccable offense that carried the way throughout the first half, as she shot 87% from the field, putting up 20 points. During that whole first half, the Spartans only missed 11 shots, shooting 63% from the field and 61% from beyond the arc. For Rutgers, it was the lack of completed shots that was the story of the first half, as the team only went 31% from the field

Turnovers were a problem for both teams during the first half, as the Spartans and Scarlet Knights combined for 15. However, Rutgers wasn’t able to capitalize like the Spartans were able to for points off of turnovers

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The Spartans didn’t hesitate coming out of the locker room as they started off on a 14-0 run, forcing three quick turnovers within the first two minutes. However, MSU head coach Robyn Fralick and the Spartans weren’t done as they continued to bring their full court press, nabbing another turnover before Rutgers finally called a timeout with 7:44 on the clock, down 65-27.

Following the timeout, Rutgers guard Erica Lafayette gathered an offensive rebound and ended the 14-0 run by hitting a mid-range jump shot. However, Ayrault answered with a mid-range jumper of her own. It seemed like anything that Rutgers did, Michigan State could do better, as midway through the third quarter, the Spartans held a 40 point lead with the score of 72-32. 

The Spartans defense translated into offense on what seemed like every possession, as the Rutgers turnovers continued to pile up while the Spartans converted almost every time they went down the court. With just under three minutes left in the third quarter, following a missed shot by the Scarlet Knights, Hagemann grabbed a rebound and threw a full-court dime to Spartan guard Theryn Hallock, who converted the layup to bring the Spartan score up to 74. 

Michigan State held the last possession but couldn’t convert a buzzer beater attempt by guard Tory Ozment, which brought another stellar quarter by the Spartans to an end. Going into the fourth quarter, the Spartans were up 78-35. 

With the fourth quarter underway, Michigan State’s bench players entered the game, prompting a slow offensive start. With just under nine minutes left in the game, a foul was called on Ozment and as she expressed her disliking for the foul, she drew a technical foul from the referee. This gave Rutgers some late momentum as Rutgers pulled within 37, prompting Fralick to bring back some of the starters. However, this momentum didn’t last long as guard Jocelyn Tate took the ball to the basket and converted a layup to bring the score to 82-43. 

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During the midway point of the quarter, the Scarlet Knights began to move the ball around offensively, getting good looks from the field, and began to convert. However, it all seemed too little too late as the Spartans held such a large lead, and Fralick once again brought out the bench players

Even while leading by 35 points, the Spartans still tried to command their offense and defense like they did all game, as they took the ball to the basket, shot open looks and played tight defense against their opponent, continuing to fight hard

As the time ticked down, “Go Green, Go White” chants from the loyal crowd continued to reign throughout the stadium, and the final horn sounded, giving Michigan State the 93-57 victory over the Scarlet Knights

Looking ahead, the Spartans will take a short break before hitting the court once again to try and create a four-game winning streak, taking on Illinois at the Breslin Center on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. This game will also be streamed on Big Ten Plus

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Five years ago, Democratic Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was at the center of a controversy over her comments about a president. Speaking of then president Donald Trump, she said, “We’re going to be impeach the motherfucker.”

Some Democrats criticized her profanity. Trump himself, not otherwise known for being sensitive about such matters, said he thought her comment was “disgraceful” and that Tlaib had “dishonored herself and dishonored her family” by saying it. Reports at the time observed that the congresswoman was “unapologetic.”

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Today, Tlaib is again being criticized for allegedly showing disrespect to a sitting president: this time Joe Biden.

Tlaib helped elect Joe Biden in 2020. Michigan is an important swing state, and as I noted at the time she seemed to be working a lot harder than the official Biden campaign itself to get out the vote there. But today, like many Americans, Tlaib is deeply disgusted by President Biden’s role in arming, financing, and providing diplomatic cover to the state of Israel as it indiscriminately slaughters civilians in Gaza. Tlaib is Palestinian American, with family currently living in the West Bank.

Now, Tlaib is urging Michigan Democrats to vote against the president in next Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential primary. In the absence of a strong challenger, she’s calling for a vote for “uncommitted” — the electoral equivalent of picking “None of the Above” on a multiple-choice quiz. The strategy does not directly pertain to the general election.

Mainstream Democrats and the kinds of Never-Trump Republican hangers-on who fill the airwaves at MSNBC have been attacking Tlaib for taking this stand against the mass murder of Palestinian civilians. Tellingly, in every clip I’ve seen, they haven’t gotten mad at the substance of her opposition to President Biden. They haven’t argued that he was right to repeatedly veto cease-fire resolutions at the UN or to bypass Congress to repeatedly rush military aid to Israel even as the Israeli operation has displaced over 85 percent of the civilians in Gaza from their homes and killed thousands upon thousands of Palestinian children.

They haven’t said she’s being unfair and tried to defend the “targeted” nature of an operation so obviously committed to destroying the conditions of Palestinian life in Gaza that the territory’s last remaining university was destroyed with a controlled demolition. They haven’t said that everyone should vote for Biden instead of casting an “uncommitted” protest vote because Tlaib is wrong and Biden is right that Israel is “defending itself” rather than seizing the opportunity to carry out a massive act of ethnic cleansing.

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Instead, they’ve mostly just expressed umbrage at her disloyalty and disrespect for the leader of her party. They’ve acted, in other words, like she called Joe Biden a “motherfucker.”

In one segment on MSNBC, Democratic strategist Don Calloway said that when educational institutions in the Detroit area “don’t get the proper appropriations from the Democratic administration,” voters should “remember that it’s because your Democratic congresswoman told them not to vote for the Democratic president.”

Calloway is describing a hypothetical scenario in which a particular region’s educational institutions go underfunded as punishment for failure to show proper deference in a party primary. Were that to happen, it would be a blatant act of corruption. But Calloway seemed certain that Tlaib, rather than a vengeful Biden administration, would be at fault in this hypothetical situation. “You don’t slap the president in the face and then expect to be treated as a member of the caucus in good standing,” he said.

In another segment, Democratic Pennsylvania senator John Fetterman — who has broken entirely with any kind of remotely progressive values on the issue of Israel, which he supports unreservedly even as it indiscriminately destroys civilian life in Gaza — didn’t mention Tlaib by name, but said of any Democrats “criticizing the president publicly” that “you might as well just get your MAGA hat.”

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Later in the segment, former Republican congressman David Jolly — apparently one of MSNBC’s vast stable of Never-Trumpers — chimed in that “if you want to see Donald Trump beat Joe Biden,” then voices like Tlaib’s “questioning Joe Biden’s leadership” are the way to make that happen. Never mind that Biden isn’t running against Trump in Michigan’s Democratic primary.

Even at this early stage of the democratic process, the likes of Calloway and Jolly and Fetterman seem to think, there should be a North Korean standard of loyalty: zero tolerance for any opposition to The Leader. Perhaps you can whisper in private that you wish he weren’t vetoing cease-fire resolutions and rushing arms to the Israeli government at a time when the International Court of Justice has issued a preliminary ruling that there’s a credible risk that Israel’s war crimes in Gaza will rise to the level of “genocide.” But you certainly can’t “criticize the president publicly.”

On one level, it’s absurd that the line of scrimmage has moved so far that the kind of contempt that used to be reserved for third-party voters is being applied to failure to display lockstep obedience even in a primary. On the other, Biden does have reason to worry. This issue could indeed be radioactive to Biden by the time he is actually up against Trump in November.

The disgust Tlaib has been expressing about the US-backed ethnic cleansing in Gaza isn’t limited to Palestinian Americans like her, or indeed Michigan’s large Arab American community more generally. A clear majority of Americans think the United States should promote a permanent cease-fire — even in polls that are slanted by absurdly postulating “defeating Hamas” as a possible outcome of the current slaughter. (Reality check: the mass killing and displacement of Palestinian civilians is far more likely to supercharge Hamas’s recruitment than lead to its disappearance.) And the sentiment is even stronger among Democratic voters. Only 20 percent of voters who went with Biden in 2020 are sure that what he’s backing in Gaza doesn’t rise to the level of a “genocide” — with 30 percent unsure and a whopping 50 percent saying the word fits.

That comes as little surprise when any voter with access to the internet is a few clicks away from footage that would freeze their blood, much of it taken by the very troops carrying out the atrocities. Numerous videos have circulated online, clearly taken by Israeli soldiers themselves, in which they ransack Palestinian homes, mocking their intimate possessions or joking about the home’s destruction. A Telegram channel that turned out to have been secretly run by an Israeli military office, aimed at demoralizing the enemy, ran snuff videos of Palestinians being brutalized and killed in Gaza with posts advertising the videos saying things like “you can hear the crunch of their bones” and talking about “exterminating the roaches.” How exactly does Fetterman expect, in such an environment, not to hear any progressives “criticizing of the president publicly”?

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Tlaib is hoping that a major symbolic display of the growing outrage in Michigan might embarrass Biden enough to influence his decisions. I hope she’s right. But there’s an excellent chance that Biden will track a trail of Palestinian civilian blood from here to November, and that so many voters will stay home in disgust or vote for third parties that he’ll lose the election. It could happen.

I have no desire to see Donald Trump return to the White House. If it happens, though, don’t blame Rashida Tlaib. And don’t blame any voters who can’t get the sound of crunching bones out of their heads when November comes. Blame the president who’s providing the ammunition and diplomatic cover to the army “exterminating the roaches” — and who could have stopped any time he chose.





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