Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
Neil Koepke previews Sunday's exhibition game against the USNTDP U-18 team.
Freshman defenseman had two goals and an assist against No. 5 North Dakota.
Neil Koepke analyzes the Spartans’series finale at North Dakota.
Thomas Ebbing and Patrick Khodorenko scored for MSU.
2016-17 (RS-Freshman): Recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 33 games … Led the team with 41 blocked shots … Academic All-Big Ten ... Named the Big Ten First Star of the Week on Nov. 29 after scoring two goals and adding an assist on the game-winning goal in MSU’s 4-3 victory over No. 5 North Dakota on Nov. 25 … Picked up assists in back-to-back games in a split at No. 13 Ohio State, March 3-4 ... Also had an assist in both games vs. Ohio State at Munn Ice Arena, Feb. 17-18 … Had two assists Feb. 4 vs. Wisconsin ... Drew an assist on JT Stenglein’s goal vs. No. 11 Minnesota, Dec. 10 ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at LSSU on Oct. 14 and scored his first-career goal the next night vs. LSSU.
2015-16 (Freshman): Missed the entire season with an injury.
Prior to MSU: Spent the 2014-15 season with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers where he had four points and was plus-11 in 12 games ... Missed a majority of the 2014-15 season with an injury ... In his first season with the Musketeers in 2013-14, he posted eight points (2g, 6a) and was plus-12 in 34 games ... Stared the 2013-14 campaign playing 11 games for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders ... Played for the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 team in 2012-13, posting 13 points (2g, 11a) in 40 games ... Played for the USA in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Personal: Born June 18, 1996 in Minneapolis ... Son of Jerry and Sherry ... Father, Jerry, is the associate head coach and special teams coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens ... Has two sisters, Margaret and Megan ... Megan was the Gatorade High School Volleyball Player of the Year in Maryland and now plays at American University ... Grew up in Strongsville, Ohio ... Enjoys fishing, ping pong and watching football ... Favorite NHL team is the Washington Capitals and favorite player is Ryan McDonagh ... Biggest hockey influence is his first coach, Bob Krosky because he taught the fundamentals and love for the game ... Lists his father as his hero because "he is the hardest-working person I know and a great role model."