Taro Hirose voted MVP.
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.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win over LSSU.
Spartans remain unbeaten at home in improving to 4-2 on the season.
2017-18 (Freshman): Had five points (2g, 3a) in 31 games … Scored his first career-goal against LSSU (10/27) and then had another the following night (10/28) to help the Spartans complete the series sweep of the Lakers … Assisted on Cody Milan’s goal vs. Minnesota at Madison Square Garden (1/20) and then picked up another helper two games later in a win at Ohio State (2/3) … Had an assist vs. Michigan Tech in the GLI (1/1) … Voted winner of the Goofus Award as team humorist.
Prior to MSU: Played two seasons for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL from 2015-17 ... Averaged a point-per-game in the 2016-17 regular season, registering 58 points (32g, 26a) in 58 games to rank third on the team ... Produced 17 points (6g, 11a) in 23 playoff games for the Chiefs, including a five-game point streak over which he recorded 8 points (3g, 5a) ... Compiled a 14-game point streak during the regular season, generating 27 points (13g, 14a) ... Had 25 points (8g, 17a) in 58 regular-season games in his first season with Chilliwack in 2015-16 ... Played 31 games for both Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and the Connecticut Wolf Pack U-18s in 2014-15, producing 18 points (1g, 17a) and 19 points (12g, 7a), respectively ... Played three seasons for the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., from 2011-14.
Personal: Born Oct. 28, 1996 in Boca Raton, Florida ... Son of Carolyn and Dave ... Mother played collegiate lacrosse and field hockey for SUNY Oneonta ... Father played college hockey at Elmira and then professionally in Sweden ... Father is currently the head of strength and conditioning for NHL officials and was the head strength coach for the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers ... Uncle, Barry Smith, is a longtime NHL coach, having won Stanley Cups as an assistant coach with Detroit (three) and Pittsburgh (two) and as director of player development for Chicago (two) ... Lists his parents as his heroes because "they have sacrificed so much for me to pursue my dreams" ... Father is his biggest hockey influence, while Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk are his favorite players.