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.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's 2-0 shut out win at Wisconsin.
Mitchell Lewandowski scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
The Spartans and Buckeyes will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
2017-18 (Junior): Recorded his best season as a Spartan as he ranked fourth on the team with 21 points and tied for third in assists with 15 … His 21 points were nine more than his combined total in 53 career games entering the season … Four of his six goals and 10 of his points came on the power play … Had points in each of the first three games of the season – picked up an assist in both games vs. Bowling Green (10/13-14) and then scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a win over Western Michigan (10/20) … Made it points in five of the first six games (1g, 6a) with a helper vs. LSSU (10/27) and then two more the following night (10/28) to help the Spartans complete the sweep … Had three points in a split with Wisconsin (11/10-11), including a power-play goal in both games … Had a career-high three assists vs. Michigan (1/2) in the GLI … Scored an empty-net goal to seal the Spartans’ 2-0 win at Wisconsin (1/12) … Scored vs. Minnesota (1/20) at Madison Square Garden … Had assists in both games at Ohio State (2/2-3) to notch his second three-game point streak ... Scored in game two of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Ohio State (3/3).
2016-17 (Sophomore): Appeared in 24 games, recording a goal and four assists ... Scored a goal and had two assists for his first three-point game in a 5-4 win over No. 13 Ohio State on March 3 ... Assisted on Connor Wood's goal in a win at No. 5 North Dakota, Nov. 25 ... Assisted on Brennan Sanford's goal vs. Princeton on Oct. 28.
2015-16 (Freshman): Had seven points (2g, 5a) in 29 games ... Picked up an assist in his first collegiate game, Oct. 9 vs. Maine ... Scored his first collegiate goal vs. UNH (11/6) and got an assist the next night ... Scored vs. Penn State (2/12) ... Assisted on Brennan Sanford's goal at Boston College (11/13), bumping his point streak to three games ... Assisted on Ryan Keller's first-period goal at Wisconsin (2/19) ... Secured a 2-0 shootout win vs. Michigan Tech (11/22) with a goal in the third round.
Prior to MSU: Tallied 26 points (11g, 15a) in 60 games with the USHL's Tri-City Storm in 2014-15, playing with fellow classmate Mason Appleton ... Played 34 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2013-14, posting 10 points (4g, 6a) before being sent to the Storm where he recorded seven points (3g, 4a) in 22 contests ... Played for the USA U18 team at the Hlinka Memorial tournament in 2013-14, picking up two points in five games ... Appeared in 34 games for the Stampede in 2012-13 in his first season in the USHL, posting a 4-6-10 scoring line ... Played high school hockey for Orchard Lake St. Mary's where he was a two-time All-State honoree ... Played bantam minor and major for Honeybaked.
Personal: Born April 11, 1996 in Commerce, Michigan ... Son of Dan and Cheryl ... Father played football at Ferris State ... Has an older brother, Dan, who plays in the ECHL and a twin sister, Devin, who attends MSU ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and lists Vladimir Tarasenko as his favorite NHL player because he is "smart, skilled and plays with an edge" ... Biggest hockey influence is his brother ... Lists his father as his hero.