OKEMOS,MI-The celebrating of a CCHA Championship continued today for Coach Rick Comley and the Michigan State hockey team, and it elevated to elation as they have earned the number one seed in the Albany, NY regional of the NCAA Tournament and the #4 seed overall.
Fresh off a victory over the Miami Redhawks to earn the CCHA Title, the Spartans received the news that they will be the top seed and will taking on New Hampshire in the first round to be played in Albany, New York.
The winner will advance to the regional final on Sunday at 2 p.m. to face either Harvard or Maine.
Said Coach Comley of this accomplishment, "It's so fulfilling to see the smile on everyone's face."
While New Hampshire owns a 3-0 mark against MSU in the NCAA Tournament All-Time, MSU won the last meeting between the two schools in 2004 by the score of 4-3 in the Great Lakes Invitational played at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Spartans, who have won National Championships in 1966 and 1986, have an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 23-27-1.
New Hampshire finished the season with a 20-12-7 overall record and were 14-7-6 in Hockey East, which put them in fourth place.
This will be New Hampshire's 16th trip the NCAA Torunament where they own a overall record of 12-19, including a record of 10-11 under current head coach Dick Umile.
New Hampshire is sparked by three players, including Jacob Mickflikier, who has sixteen goals and 26 assists, Daniel Winnink with 15 goals and 26 assists, and Brett Hemingway with 19 goals and 22 assists.
In goal for New Hampshire is Jeff Pietrasiak who has 12-4-2 record, with a 2.27 goals against average and a .927 save percentage and Kevin Regan, who has a 8-8-5 record in goal with a 2.63 goals against average.
The game will be televised on ESPNU, for those traveling to Albany, tickets will be $72 for adults, and $66 for children. Those prices include both games Saturday, and the Regional Final game as well.
For Ticket information call Albany's Pepsi Arena ticket office at (518)487-2000
GSN will have a further preview of this weekend's series later. So stay tuned to GSN for more exciting Spartan hockey coverage.