Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win over Penn State.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 6-3 win over OSU in Columbus.
Fourteen different Spartans registered a point in the win.
2017 MSU Hockey Awards Program, April 15, 2017
2017-18 (Junior): Had eight points (5g, 3a) in 32 games ... Voted winner of the program's Amo Bessone Award for athletic and academic achievement and community participation ... Led the Spartans with two shorthanded goals ... Scored his first-career shorthanded goal in the first period of a 3-1 win at Ferris State (11/18) ... Made it goals in back-to-back games with a tally at Penn State (11/24) the next time out ... Scored his first goal of the season in a victory over LSSU (10/28) ... Scored his second shorthanded goal of the season at Notre Dame (2/23) ... Assisted on David Keefer's game-winning goal at Ohio State (2/3) ... Scored against Ohio State (1/5).
2016-17 (Sophomore): Posted a career-best seven assists and 10 points ... Appeared in all 35 games ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Winner of the Spartan Fitness Award ... Had three multi-point games ... His third multi-point game came against Ohio State on Feb. 17 where he had a goal and an assist ... Scored the tying goal with 1:07 to play vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 4 ... Had an assist the previous night to give him points in both games of the series vs. the Badgers ... Assisted on Rhett Holland's goal in a 4-1 win at Michigan on Feb. 11 ... Had two assists in the Spartans' 3-0 win at Michigan on Jan. 20 ... Posted his second career two-point game with a goal and an assist on Oct. 28 in a win vs. Princeton.
2015-16 (Freshman): Scored five goals, including two game-winners, and added four assists in 35 games ... First-career goal was a game-winner vs. UNH (11/7) as he scored at 13:04 of the third period, breaking a 4-4 tie ... Scored his second goal in as many games at Boston College (11/13), pulling MSU to within a goal, 4-3, in the third period ... Scored a third-period goal in a 4-4 tie with Michigan Tech (11/22) ... Scored in a win over Wisconsin (12/11) ... His second-period goal at Ohio State (1/29) proved to be the game-winner, his second of the season ... Had 24 penalty minutes.
Prior to MSU: Posted eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 60 games with the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers in 2014-15 ... Played 29 games for the Austin Bruins of the NAHL in 2013-14, producing a 10-8-18 scoring line, before being sent to Cedar Rapids of the USHL where he recorded a 3-5-7 line in 33 games ... Was a member of the Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings of the NAHL in 2012-13, recording nine points (4g, 5a) in 41 games ... Played for the Lansing Capitals U18 team prior to junior hockey.
Personal: Born July 21, 1995 in Lansing, Michigan ... Son of Jon and Carol ... Has three siblings; Ryan, Alex and Lauren ... Cousin, Liz Nagel, was an All-Big Ten golfer at MSU and is now on the LPGA Tour ... Great-great-great grandfather was the first student enrolled in Michigan State's agricultural program and planted the pine trees located on the north end of Munn Arena ... Grew up going to MSU games as a child ... Four-year letterwinner in golf at Holt High School ... Lists golf and fishing as his hobbies ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and favorite player is Justin Abdelkader because he is "gritty and relentless" ... Names his dad as his biggest hockey influence.