Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
2007-08 (Senior): CoSIDA/ESPN Magazine Region IV Academic All-America pick ... Earned the Charles E. and Frances M. Osterman Scholarship through the MSU Department of Crop & Soil Sciences ... Owns a cumulative grade-point average of 3.77 ... Was injured in a game against Northern Michigan (10/27) that kept him out of four games early in the season ... Returned to the lineup for the Miami series (11/15-16) ... Earned first point of the season with an assist on Andrew Rowe's goal against Minnesota (11/23) ... Snapped a seven game scoreless streak with an assist on Bryan Lerg's first-period goal in game two of Lake Superior State series (1/5) ... Played in his 100th and 101st career games in the Nebraska-Omaha series (2/1-2) ... Tallied his first goal of the season at Northern Michigan (2/8); the late third-period power-play score was the only MSU goal in the series ... Had the primary helper on Bryan Lerg's first-period power-play goal in game two (2/16) of the Western Michigan series ... Scored his second goal of the year in game two of the Bowling Green series (3/1), recording the first multi-goal season of his career; the goal was a third-period power-play tally at 5:20 ... Assisted on Tim Crowder's power-play goal in the third period of the opening contest of the CCHA quarterfinal series with Northern Michigan (3/14) ... Scored the game-winning goal in the Spartans' 3-1 victory over Colorado College in the NCAA West Regional semifinal (3/28), a second-period power-play goal at 18:03, and was named the game's third star.
2006-07 (Junior): Appeared in 33 of 42 games as a junior after missing most of his sophomore year with a recurring injury ... Ten assists on the season, bettering his combined freshman and sophomore year point totals (six) ... Was second among defensemen in assists (10) ... Had two assists in the Spartans' title run to his hometown of St. Louis ... Had points in back-to-back games (0-3-3) the second weekend of the season against St. Lawrence and Sacred Heart (10/27-28) ... Notched a career high in assists with two against St. Lawrence (10/27) ... Registered points in a career-high three straight games in late December, including a helper on Tim Crowder's Great Lakes Invitational-clinching goal against Michigan, a 4-1 victory ... Notched his seventh assist of the 2006-07 campaign against Lake Superior State (1/19), setting a career high for points/assists in a season ... Added to his career high, picking up the primary assist on Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal in a 2-1 overtime win against Ferris State (2/9) ... Tallied his first career goal just 33 seconds into the second period of the regular-season finale against Bowling Green (2/24) ... Heads-up pass with a minute remaining in regulation gave him the primary assist on Jim McKenzie's game-winner in the first game of the Nebraska-Omaha series ... +2 in the two quarterfinal tilts against UNO ... Sent Crowder in for a breakaway goal in the third period of the NCAA first round vs. Boston University (3/23) with a spectacular pass from his goal line to BU's blue line.
2005-06 (Sophomore): Michigan State's honoree for the CCHA All-Scholastic Team ... Appeared in 17 games before succombing to season-ending surgery.
2004-05 (Freshman): Played in 27 games with six assists ... Paced all MSU freshmen with a +5 rating ... Suffered a shoulder injury in the second period vs. Michigan (12/30) and missed the entire month of January ... Tallied first career point with an assist on State's fourth goal in 5-1 win at Ferris State (11/6) ... Picked up an assist on State's fourth goal in 4-0 win at Wisconsin (11/26) ... Picked up an assist at Bowling Green (12/4) ... Returned to the lineup for two-game set vs. Michigan (2/4-5) ... Picked up an assist at Alaska Fairbanks (2/11) ... Set up State's game-winning goal in 6-3 win over Ohio State (2/18) ... Registered an assist on State's third goal in 5-4 OT win vs. Miami (3/12) and finished with a +2 rating.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League for two years (2002-04) ... Appeared in 54 games in 2003-04, posting 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) ... His 23 points tied him for 13th in the USHL among the defensive points leaders ... Six of his seven goals came via the power play ... Earned USHL Defensive Player of the Week honors on 1/12, 2004, after posting two goals, two assists and a +6 rating in three games ... Member of the 2004 U.S. Viking Cup Team, which captured a silver medal in Camrose, Alberta ... In six games with the U.S. squad, tallied 1-5-6 marks ... Saw action in 53 games in 2002-03, generating 3-5--8 totals ... Played organized hockey in the Detroit area for eight years, including AAA midget with Detroit Honeybaked in 2001-02 ... Tallied six goals, 27 assists and a +28 rating in 65 games with Detroit.
PERSONAL: Born June 23, 1985 ... Crop and soil science major ... Spent the summer of 2006 as the Toro Intern at the Hancock Turf Grass Research Center at MSU ... Interned at the Washington University hospital research laboratory in 2005 ... Enjoys golf and music ... Graduated from Stevenson High School in Buffalo Grove, Ill., with a 3.95 grade-point average ... Also attended Northville (Mich.) High School and earned one letter in golf (1999-2000) ... Favorite NHL team: Edmonton Oilers ... Favorite NHL player: Brian Rafalski ... Says Lance Armstrong is his hero because of his dedication and how he overcame adversity ... Son of Mike and Linda Dunne ... Brother, Ben, played hockey at Gustavus Adolphus ... Says his coaches growing up were his biggest hockey influence since they kept him passionate about playing the game.
GP G A Pts Shots Shot% Pen Min +/- PPG SHG GWG 2004-05 27 0 6 6 18 .000 5 10 +5 0 0 0 2005-06 17 0 0 0 11 .000 4 8 -4 0 0 0 2006-07 33 1 10 11 35 .029 9 21 -3 0 0 0 2007-08 37 3 4 7 28 .101 9 29 +6 3 0 1 TOTAL 114 4 20 24 92 .043 27 68 +3 2 0 1