College Hockey: MSU sweeps Big Ten regular season and postseason crowns, earns first NCAA Tournament bid since 2012

For the first time in 12 years, the Michigan State Spartan Hockey team has made the NCAA Tournament following one of their best regular seasons in program history that featured sweeping both the regular season and postseason Big Ten Championships.

Over the weekend, MSU won the Big Ten Tournament with a dramatic 5-4 overtime over rival Michigan as the Wolverines were seeking their third consecutive conference postseason tournament championship.

The Spartans were also able to lock up one of the four national seeds in the NCAA Tournament that begins this weekend and could potentially have another postseason rematch against the Wolverines with a Frozen Four bid on the line:

Four Michigan-based schools made the “Big Dance” this season with three being in the same regional. Below is a break down of each school’s number of appearances in the NCAA Tournament:

Michigan – 41st appearance (fourth straight)
Michigan State – 28th appearance (first since 2012)
Michigan Tech – 16th appearance (third straight)
Western Michigan – 9th appearance (third straight)