The Spartans (22-13-3) will face a rugged Boston University (20-9-9) team from the Hockey East conference. After losing the opener of their best of three with Vermont, the Terriers stormed back to win two straight and claim a spot in the Hockey East semifinals only to lose to Boston College in uncharacteristic 6-2 fashion.
BU is led by goaltender John Curry the Hockey East player of the year and one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker trophy emblematic of Collegiate hockey's top player. Curry is the first Terrier's player since former Penguins goalie Michel Laroque to be named a finalist for the award.
Curry played in 35 games for BU and sports an outstanding 1.92 goals against average. On offense, the Terriers are led by junior forward Pete McArthur, their leading scorer with 36 points. Adding punch to the Terriers lineup are sophomore forward Chris Higgins with 32 points and senior forward Kenny Roche with 29.
MSU should have a heavily pro-Spartans crowd in the the stands at Van Andel arena for the 8:30 contest. If they are able to get past BU they face a likely date with the overall number #2 seed Notre Dame who has the opener with Alabama-Huntsville of the fledgling College Hockey America conference.
The Spartans split the season series with coach Jeff Jenkins' squad losing the opener 4-1 but winning in a stellar shutout effort by MSU goaltender Jeff Lerg 2-0 in the rematch.