Neil Koepke's weekly notebook previews this weekend's games.
Senior forward had four goals and two assists last weekend.
Neil Koepke's notes and observations from Saturday's game.
UMass scores with 9.9 seconds to play to top Spartans, 4-3.
Neil Koepke recaps Friday's win over UMass.
2013-14 (Junior): Appeared 23 games, including 21 of the last 22 games after undergoing offseason surgery, tallying 17 points (10g, 7a) ... Ranked first on the team and fourth in the Big Ten with eight goals in conference play, while his 15 points in conference games ranked second on the team and 12th in the league ... Led the Spartans in power play goals with six ... Scored goals in each game of the GLI (12/27-28), starting a four-game goal-scoring streak ... Followed the GLI with two goals and an assist vs. Ohio State (1/10) and then one more goal the following night vs. the Buckeyes (1/11) ... His 10 goals after Christmas were the third most of any Big Ten player during that span ... Scored a goal at Michigan (3/7) ... Produced two goals in a win over Wisconsin (3/14) and then added another the following game vs. the Badgers (3/15) ... Named Big Ten's first star of the week on March 18 after scoring three goals in the weekend series with Wisconsin ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2012-13 (Sophomore): Team leader in points (31), goals (15), assists (16) and shots on goal (104) as a sophomore ... Registered two four-point games in a span of one week - had a goal and three assists in a win at Bowling Green (11/3) and was then named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week (11/12) after a hat trick and an assist in a 7-2 win over Michigan (11/10) ... Followed his performance against Michigan with a goal and an assist against Miami (11/16) ... Picked up an assist at Notre Dame (12/7), starting a season-best, five-game point streak as he scored a goal in each of the next four games (at Notre Dame 12/8, vs. Ferris State 12/15, vs. Western Michigan 12/29 and Michigan 12/30) ... Had a goal and an assist in a series at Alaska (2/22-23) ... In returning to Alaska for the first round of the CCHA Playoffs, he had assists in each of the first two games and then added a goal and an assist in the series clincher ... Against Miami in the CCHA quarterfinals, he picked up a goal (3/15) and an assist (3/17) ... Tied for 11th in CCHA play with 22 points (10g, 12a) in 28 conference games ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2011-12 (Freshman): MSU's leading first-year scorer ... Honorable mention to the CCHA All-Rookie Team ... Scored the winning goal in each of MSU's two shootout victories ... Registered his first career point against Lake Superior State on Torey Krug's third period power play goal (10/14) ... Had assists in both games of MSU's home series against Ohio State (10/20-10/21) ... Scored his first career goal in the third period against Robert Morris (10/29) ... Scored MSU's lone marker in a tough 2-1 loss at Northern Michigan (11/19) ... Had the game-winning tally and had an assist in MSU's 4-3 win over Minnesota (11/25) ... Scored a second-period goal and also recorded assist against Bowling Green (12/2) ... Notched a third-period power play goal at Michigan in a 4-3 loss at Michigan in which the Spartans' rally fell just short (12/9) ... Had the shootout-clinching score in MSU's shootout victory over Michigan after a 3-3 deadlock with the Wolverines ... Scored a first period marker against Northern Michigan (1/14), a night after he delivered the winning goal in the shootout after a 5-5 tie with the Wildcats (1/13) ... Had a point per game over five contests from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10 ... Scored a power play goal at Ferris State, MSU's only score in a 2-1 loss (1/27) then notched an assist on Mike Merrifield's goal against the Bulldogs the following night (1/28) ... Opened the scoring in MSU's 3-2 victory over Ohio State (2/4) after scoring an empty-net marker in MSU's 6-3 win the previous evening (2/3)... Recorded the game-winning goal in MSU's 3-2 victory over Michigan (2/10) ... Assisted on Dean Chelios' third period goal in a 4-2 win in the final regular-season game at Notre Dame (2/25) ... Scored the lone goal in MSU's 3-1 loss to Union in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to MSU: Played the 2010-11 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... Was that team's second-leading scorer with 51 points, on 25 goals and 26 assists ... Ranked 16th overall in the USHL in scoring and fifth in goals ... Had 126 penalty minutes ... Was a member of the USHL All-Star Team ... Lumberjacks advanced to the USHL quarterfinals ... Previously played for Belle Tire (2008-10), The Canton Crush (2006-08), and grew up in the Honeybaked and LIttle Caesar's organizations ... Had a 52-70-122 scoring line in 2009-10 for the Belle Tire Midget Major squad, leading that league in scoring.
Personal: Born on Aug. 18, 1992 in Southfield, Mich. ... Son of Jennifer and Richard Berry ... Has one brother, Chris ... A 2010 graduate of Canton High School ... Credits his father for switching him from roller to ice hockey when he was eight ... Considers his parents his heroes for all the work and hours they put in to allow him to continue to play the game ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player is Patrick Kane.