Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Three Spartans earn All-Big Ten honors.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Ohio State.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 4-3 win at Notre Dame.
2017-18 (Senior): Garnered All-Big Ten honorable mention for the second straight year … Earned three awards at the annual team banquet: Bill Burgess Outstanding Senior, Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player and Blue Line Club President’s Award … Led all MSU defensemen and ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 19 points (4g, 15a) … His career-high 15 assists were tied for third most on the team … Had assists in both games in a split at No. 5 Notre Dame (2/23-24) ... Scored in the Spartans’ 1-1 tie with Michigan (2/9) and added an assist the following night ... Scored and had an assist in a 6-3 win at No. 5 Ohio State (2/3) ... Assisted on Mitchell Lewandowski’s power-play, game-winning goal at Wisconsin (1/12) ... Scored at Penn State (11/25) ... Recorded his first goal of the year and second two-point game of the season in a win at Ferris State (11/18) ... Had two assists vs. Wisconsin (11/10) ... Posted a career best four-game point streak from Oct. 14-27, recording an assist in all four games … Academic All-Big Ten … Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2016-17 (Junior): Voted to the All-Big Ten honorable mention team ... Registered a career-best 12 points (3g, 9a), tying for the most among Spartan defensemen ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Recorded three multi-point games ... Had two assists vs. Ohio State on Feb. 18 and again at OSU on March 4 ... Picked up assists in both home games vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 3-4 ... Had the second two-point game of his career with a goal and assist vs. Michigan in the GLI, Dec. 30 ... Scored his third goal of the season at Wisconsin on Jan. 7 ... Netted his first-collegiate goal in the second period of a 6-2 win over Princeton, Oct. 28 ... Finished the year plus-3.
2015-16 (Sophomore): Played in all 37 games, registering a career-best seven assists ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Assisted on Mackenzie MacEachern's second-period goal vs. Minnesota (3/4) ... Had his first two-assist game at Michigan (1/9) ... Assisted on Ryan Keller's goal in a 7-4 win over UNH (11/7) ... Assisted on Mackenzie MacEachern's power-play goal vs. Michigan Tech (11/21) ... Blocked a career-high seven shots in a 4-4 tie with Michigan Tech (11/22) ... Earned his first point of the season with an assist on JT Stenglein's goal vs. Denver (10/16).
2014-15 (Freshman): Played in 29 games on the blue line, recording three assists ... Registered his first collegiate point in assisting on Villiam Haag's goal at Ohio State (11/20) ... Had an assist in a win at Princeton (11/29) and then another in a tie vs. Minnesota (12/6) ... Blocked 26 shots.
Prior to MSU: Appeared in 38 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL in 2013-14 after being selected by Muskegon in the 2013 USHL Phase Two Draft, contributing five goals and eight assists ... Played three seasons (2010-13) with Detroit Catholic Central, contributing 26 points (5-21) in 30 games in his final season in 2012-13 to earn All-State honors ... In 82 career games for DCC, Gatt produced 43 points (9-34) ... Graduated from Mona Shores High School in Muskegon.
Personal: Son of Mike and Maureen ... Born April 20, 1996 ... Brother, Nickolas, was a defenseman for MSU from 2012-14 ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and his favorite player is Henrik Zetterberg ... Names his entire family as his biggest hockey influences due to "their endless support and sacrifice."