Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
Spartans take down the top-ranked and second-seeded Irish to earn a berth in the Frozen Four.
2006-07 (Senior): One of the rocks of the defensive corps... Missed seven games in the first half with a leg injury after missing just one game in his first three collegiate seasons combined ... Paced the team among defensemen in assists (12) ... Recipient of the Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player Award ... ... Notched a career high three points (1-2-3) in a 7-5 victory over Sacred Heart (10/28), also matching his career high for assists in a game ... Missed seven games with a leg injury sustained against Notre Dame (11/18) ... Picked up the lone assist on Bryan Lerg's shorthanded goal in the championship of the Great Lakes Invitational (12/30) ... Assisted on Chris Mueller's marker in a 4-0 rout of Lake Superior State (1/20) ... Picked up an assist on Chris Lawrence's first goal of the season in a 5-1 victory at Nebraska-Omaha (2/2) ... Assisted on Bryan Lerg's 20th goal of the season in a 3-3 tie with Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/10) ... Tied for first on the team in NCAA Tournament plus/minus with a +4 rating ... Broke a seven-game pointless draught with an assist on a Jim McKenzie goal in the series-clinching game of the CCHA quarterfinals against Nebraska-Omaha (3/10) ... Was a team-best +3 in the series ... Picked up his career-best 10th assist on Chris Mueller's third-period goal against Lake Superior State (3/17) ... Assisted on Jay Sprague's second-period tally in the Midwest Regional semifinal against Boston University (3/23) ... Notched a helper on Chris Mueller's power play goal in the NCAA Midwest Regional final against Notre Dame (3/24) creating a career-best three-game assist streak.
2005-06 (Junior): One of just five players to appear in all 45 MSU games ... Scored three goals and added nine assists for 12 points ... +3 on the season ... Collected his first point of the season, an assist, on Tim Crowder's overtime goal against Northern Michigan (11/4) ... Scored his first goal of the season at 10:21 of the third stanza in 7-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/11) ... Extended his point streak to two games with an assist on Jim McKenzie's game-tying goal at 19:44 of the second against Nebraska-Omaha (11/12) ... Continued building on his point streak with an assist on Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal at 9:50 of the second period in 3-2 loss to Ohio State (11/15) ... Saw his career-high three-game point streak come to an end in the 3-3 tie against Western Michigan (11/18). Over that span of three games, tallied one goal and two assists ... Played in his 100th game as a Spartan in Michigan State's 4-4 tie at Alaska-Fairbanks (12/9) ... Collected the 30th point of his career, the lone assist on Nick Sucharski's power-play goal, in a 3-1 victory over Wayne State (1/6) ... Netted his second goal of the season and added an assist in a 4-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha (1/12) ... Collected an assist on David Booth's goal in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame (2/4) ... Earned the primary assist when Chris Mueller redirected his blast from the point for a first-period goal at Lake Superior State (2/23) ... Assisted on Mueller's game-winning tally in the second of three games against Alaska Fairbanks in the CCHA Quarterfinals (3/11) ... Tallied his third goal of the season in the series-clinching, 7-4 victory over UAF (3/12) ... Assisted on Zak McClellan's game-winning goal against archrival Michigan in the CCHA Semifinal (3/17).
2004-05 (Sophomore): Played in 40 games with 5-9--14 totals to lead all Spartan blueliners in scoring ... Paced team with a +19 rating ... Missed the first game of his career at Minnesota (11/27) after suffering a knee injury vs. Wisconsin (11/26) ... First goal of the season in 4-2 win over Ferris State (11/5) ... Drew an assist on State's insurance marker in 2-0 win over Cornell (11/14) ... Registered an assist in State's 6-4 win at Bowling Green (12/4) ... CCHA Defenseman of the Week after picking up an assist on the game-winning goal vs. both New Hampshire (12/29) and Michigan (12/30) ... Part of MSU's penalty-kill unit that stopped all 11 attempts during the GLI ... Tallied State's first goal at Western Michigan (1/14) ... Set up MSU's first goal in 2-2 OT tie at Michigan (2/4) ... Scored in loss at Alaska Fairbanks (2/11) ... Recorded his first multiple-point game of season with goal and assist in 6-3 win over No. 7 Ohio State (2/18) ... Scored first power-play goal of career in 6-3 win over Bowling Green (2/26) ... Picked up an assist on State's game winner in 3-2 win over Notre Dame (3/4) ... Registered assist on game winner in 2-1 win over Miami (3/11).
2003-04 (Freshman): Played in all 42 games with 2-9--11 totals ... One of six Spartans to see action in all 42 contests ... First career point came on MSU's first goal in a 5-4 win over Minnesota-Duluth (10/11) ... Drew an assist on MSU's eighth goal in 8-0 whitewash of Ferris State (10/31) ... Assisted on first goal in 3-3 OT draw vs. Notre Dame (11/8) ... Drew an assist in back-to-back games vs. Wayne State (11/20-21) ... Posted a career-best two assists vs. Northern Michigan (1/2) ... Set up Drew Miller's first goal in 4-2 win at Ohio State (1/23) ... Picked up an assist at Lake Superior State (2/5) ... Tallied two goals, including first career marker, in 5-3 come-from-behind win vs. Ferris State (3/13) en route to No. 2 star of the game honors.
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two seasons (2001-03) with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League ... Team captured the Anderson and Clark Cups in 2003 ... Registered four goals and 25 assists for 29 points and 56 penalty minutes in 56 games in 2002-03 ... Selected as the USHL Defensive Player of the Week (12/30, 2002) after tallying five points (two goals, three assists) and a +9 ranking in two Lincoln wins ... Posted 3-10--13 totals and 58 penalty minutes in 49 games in 2001-02 ... Spent 2000-01 with the St. Louis Sting of the North American Hockey League ... Totaled 12-15--27 numbers and 66 penalty minutes in 56 games ... Selected to the NAHL All-Rookie Team and participated at the Top Prospects event ... Played for the Columbus Crush in 1999-2000.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 1, 1982 ... Sociology major ... Graduated from Xenia High School, where he earned three letters in baseball and was a two-time all-league selection ... Favorite NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL Player: Nick Lidstrom ... Son of Bob and Renee Graham ... Says his father and uncle are his biggest hockey influences "for getting me started in hockey and showing me what it meant to love the game of hockey."
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2003-04 42 2 9 11 0 0 0 +5 14/28 2004-05 40 5 9 14 1 0 0 +19 11/22 2005-06 45 3 9 12 0 0 0 +3 10/20 2006-07 35 1 12 13 1 0 0 +7 15-30 TOTALS 162 11 39 50 2 0 0 +34 50/100