Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
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2007-08 (Junior): Alternate Captain ... Named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team ... Honored as the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward and also received the 2008 Mike and Marion Ilitch Humanitarian Award ... Pre-Season and Post-Season Honorable Mention All-CCHA pick ... Earned MSU hockey's Spartan Fitness Award, as well as being voted the recipient of the Amo Bessone Award, honoring athletic, academic, and community participation ... Started the "Shoot for a Cure" initiative to help raise money for children's cancer, which raised more than $5,000 for the cause ... Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week on March 3 after recording his first career hat trick in the regular season home finale against Bowling Green (2/29); also contributed a pair of assists - one each night - in the weekend sweep ... Tied for eighth in the nation in game-winning goals (5) ... Scored a goal and an assist in helping MSU close out a sweep of Colgate (10/20) ... Scored a goal in three straight games, from 10/19 vs. Colgate to 10/26 vs. Northern Michigan ... Recorded a goal and a pair of assists against Mercyhurst (11/9) ... Assisted on a Tim Kennedy tally against Miami (11/15) ... Halted a five-game skid with the opening goal of home-and-home series with Ferris State (12/7) and added a third-period assist on the first of Tim Crowder's two goals ... Finished the series with three points after assisting on Crowder's empty-net goal late in game two (12/8) ... Assisted on Kennedy's goal against Michigan Tech in a 4-1 loss at the Great Lakes Invitational (12/28) ... Posted a two-point effort in the first game of the Lake Superior State series (1/4), scoring a second-period goal, then assisting on Michael Ratchuk's power-play goal later in the period ... Scored the dramatic game-winner in the first contest of the Notre Dame series (1/11-13); also assisted on both of Nick Sucharski's goals, one in each game, for a three-point weekend against the Fighting Irish ... Tallied three third-period goals in the Ohio State series, extending his point streak to four games; potted an empty netter in game one (1/18), and tacked on an even-strength and a power-play goal in game two (1/19) for a three-point weekend ... Opened the Nebraska-Omaha series with a pair of goals in game one (2/1) - his second two-goal game of the season; also added an assist on Corey Tropp's power-play goal in the first period to earn a three-point game, his second of the year ... Tallied two assists - one in each game - in the Western Michigan series (2/15-16); helped on Chris Mueller's power-play goal in each contest ... Scored the game-winning goal in game one of the second Michigan series (2/22-23); also had a pair of assists - one in each game - for a three-point weekend against the Wolverines ... Extended his point-scoring streak to six games - a career best - with a five-point weekend (3-2-5) against Bowling Green in final regular season series (2/29-3/1); Tallied his first career hat trick in game one, his second goal was the game winner, while the third was a short-handed empty netter; he also added an assist to complete the four-point effort; in game two, he had the solo assist on Tim Kennedy's second period goal ... Opened post-season play scoring the game-winning goal, a power-play tally, in game one of the CCHA quarterfinal series against Northern Michigan (3/14), extending his scoring streak to seven games; also had an assist in game three of the series (3/16), helping on Nick Sucharski's game-tying, third-period goal, forcing overtime in the eventual 3-2 loss ... Opened NCAA tournament action with two assists in the West Regional semifinal win at Colorado College (3/28); he first assisted on Kennedy's power-play goal, then helped on Mueller's even-strength tally. Both assists were in the second period of the 3-1 win ... Scored the Spartans' only goal in the regional final against Notre Dame (3/29), a second-period full-strength goal at 9:05 in the second period ... Finished the season on a three-game point streak (1-2-3).
2006-07 (Sophomore): Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Frozen Four ... Scored the game-winning goal in the National Championship game against Boston Collegewith just 18.9 seconds left - the latest a game winner has ever been scored in an NCAA title game ... Led the Spartans in penalties (40) and penalty minutes (91) ... Finished third on the team in scoring with 33 points, and tied for third on the squad with 18 assists ... Three of his tallies were game-winners ... One of six players to net four or more power play goals ... 70 of his 91 penalty minutes came in conference games ... Had a goal and an assist in a season-opening win over Western Michigan (10/13) ... Set a career high for points (2-1-3) and goals (2) in a 7-4 victory against Michigan (11/3) ... Tied a career high for assists in a game (2) at Ferris State (11/10) ... Tied his career high for points (1-2-3) and assists (2) in a 5-4 loss at Minnesota (11/24) ... Scored his second game-winning goal of the season on an empty-netter at Northern Michigan (12/8)... Notched two power-play points (1-1-2) in an overtime victory against Lake Superior State (1/19) ... Had a career-high five-game point streak (3-3-6) upon his return from the World Junior Championships from game one of the Alaska series (1/12) to game one of the Nebraska-Omaha series (2/2). The streak also contained a career best for consecutive games with an assist (three) ... Had 12 points (8-4-12) in 10 games upon his return from the World Junior Championships in January ... Tallied the game-tying goal in the Spartans' eventual overtime victory over Ferris State at Munn Arena (2/9) ... The next night, tied a career high by potting two goals - including the first shorthanded tally of his career - in a 3-3 tie with Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/10) ... Scored a pair of power-play goals in game one of the Western Michigan series (2/16) to tie a career high for the second time in three games ... Tallied a point in six of the last seven games of the season (1-6-7) ... Tied a career-best three-game assist streak twice in the postseason - from game two of the CCHA quarterfinals to the consolation contest at the CCHA tournament, and from the Midwest Regional final to the national title game ... Assisted on Tim Crowder's first-period tally in the second CCHA quarterfinal game against Nebraska-Omaha (3/10) ... Had a helper on Jim McKenzie's first-period power play goal in the CCHA Consolation game with Lake Superior State (3/17) ... Assisted on Tim Kennedy's game-winning goal against Notre Dame in the NCAA Midwest Regional final (3/24) ... Assisted on Chris Snavely's second-period goal in the Frozen Four semifinals against Maine (4/5).
2005-06 (Freshman): Opened his collegiate career with a 22-point freshman campaign (10 goals, 12 assists) in 44 games ... Honorable Mention selection to the CCHA All-Rookie Team ... Ranked eighth among CCHA rookies in scoring ... Played the stretch run of the season with classmates Tim Crowder and Tim Kennedy ... Scored his first Spartan goal on the power play in a 5-1 victory over Wayne State (10/8) ... Had his first assist as a collegian in the series opener against Cornell (10/28), a 4-2 loss ... Snapped a six-game pointless streak with a second period power-play tally in a 3-2 loss to Ohio State (11/15) ... Assisted on Chris Mueller's power-play goal against Western Michigan (11/18) ... Tallied an assist on Tim Crowder's goal in a 2-2 tie against No. 7 Minnesota (11/26) ... Scored MSU's second goal - on the power play - against Alaska Fairbanks (12/9) ... Collected his second goal in as many games with his game-winning tally (the first of his career) in the 3-0 victory over Alaska Fairbanks ... Collected a goal and an assist for his first career multiple-point game in a 3-2 OT win over Michigan Tech in the GLI semifinal (12/29) ... Assisted on Corey Potter's power-play goal in 3-1 victory over Wayne State (1/6) ... Scored MSU's first goal the next night in 5-1 win over the Warriors (1/7) ... Contributed an assist on Tim Crowder's second period goal in a 4-0 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (1/13), his third point in as many games ... Scored his second career game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (1/14). The goal was his fourth point in as many games, setting his career-high point streak ... Racked up a pair of assists in a 5-5 tie against Michigan (1/28) ... Recorded the third multiple point game of his career with a goal and an assist at Notre Dame (2/3) ... Collected his fourth multiple-point game with his goal and an assist in 4-3 victory at Ohio State (2/9) ... Assisted on the lone Spartan tally in the 2-1 loss to Fairbanks in the first game of the quarterfinals of the CCHA Tournament ... Scored a power-play tally in the first period of MSU's 2-1 victory over Miami in the CCHA Championship game ... Helped generate MSU's only goal - a Tim Crowder power-play strike - in a dramatic 1-0 victory over New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the first NCAA shutout in Spartan history.
PRIOR TO MSU: Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (No. 42 overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft ... Played for Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League in 2004-05 ... Registered 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists) in 60 games to rank third on the team in scoring ... His 52 points tied for 16th among the USHL scoring leaders ... His 27 goals tied the team record for goals in a season ... Led Cedar Rapids to the Clark Cup Championship ... Played in the 2005 USHL All-Star Game ... Prior to playing at Cedar Rapids, named Mr. Hockey 2004 by the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches as a junior ... Member of the 2004 Dream Team and an all-state selection ... Tallied 80 points (37 goals, 43 assists) in 28 games for Muskegon Mona Shores High School in 2003-04 ... Mona Shores fell to Trenton 4-3 in the 2004 Michigan Division 2 state final ... As a sophomore in 2002-03, recorded 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points ... At the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn., in July 2004, tied for the festival lead in goals with five in six games while playing for Team Michigan ... Attended the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp in Aug. 2005, and had a goal and an assist in four games.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 25, 1987 ... Supply-chain management major ... Enjoys listening to music and playing sports ... Graduated from Muskegon Mona Shores High School ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Pavel Bure ... Career ambition is to play in the NHL ... Son of Joseph and Sheryl Abdelkader ... Says his parents are his biggest hockey influence, especially his dad, as "he has put so much time into seeing me succeed and I want to make them proud."
YEAR GP G A Pts Shots Shot% Pen Min +/- PPG SHG GWG 2005-06 44 10 12 22 127 .079 36 83 +2 7 0 2 2006-07 38 15 18 33 103 .146 40 91 +6 4 1 3 2007-08 42 19 21 40 137 .139 44 107 +15 4 1 5 TOTAL 124 44 51 95 367 .120 120 281 +23 15 2 10