Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
Six Spartans have won the Stanley Cup in last eight seasons.
2006-07 (Junior): A physical force who got healthy right before the playoffs began, and was arguably the Spartans' top player in the stretch run of the regular season and CCHA Tournament ... Finished fifth on the team in scoring with 30 points - a career high - and tied for third in assists (18) ... Second on the team in both power play goals (5), and man-advantage points (13) ... Had a career-best four-game goal scoring streak (4-2-6) during the CCHA Tournament ... Contributed a pair of assists in a 7-5 win over Sacred Heart (10/28) ... Pitched in a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win over Michigan (11/3) ... Returned from missing two games due to injury at Ferris State (11/10) and pitched in two assists ... Had six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak which began at Western Michigan (10/15) and went through a home victory over Michigan (11/10) ... Snapped a five-game pointless streak with an assist on Chris Mueller's first goal of the game at Northern Michigan (12/8), a 3-2 victory ... Missed the GLI game against Harvard with injury ... Recorded a power-play goal at Miami (1/5) before leaving the game in the second period, and did not play in the second game of the CCHA set ... Assisted on Tim Kennedy's overtime game-winner against Alaska (1/12) ... Pitched in a third period power-play goal as well as an assist for his fifth multi-point match of the season in the second game of of the Alaska set (1/13) ... Tied a career high for assists in a game by helping on both of MSU's power-play goals in a 3-2 overtime win against Lake Superior State (1/19) ... Had the team's first three-assist performance of the season at Nebraska-Omaha (2/2), setting a personal career high for helpers in a game and tying a career best for points ... Had a career-best seven-game point streak (3-8-11) from game one of the Miami series (1/5) to game two of the Nebraska-Omaha series (2/3). He missed one game in that span due to injury ... Notched his first goal in six games - on the power play - in a 5-3 victory at Bowling Green that secured a first-round bye for the Spartans in the CCHA Tournament ... Finished third on the team in postseason scoring (10 points) and tied for first in goals (5) ... Also tied for first on the team in NCAA Tournament plus/minus with a +4 rating ... Scored the game-winning goal with just one minute left in regulation, and had a power play assist, in the opening game of the CCHA quarterfinal series against Nebraska-Omaha (3/9) ... Had his second multi-point performance in as many nights with an empty-net goal and an assist on Tim Kennedy's game-winner in the series-clinching game against the Mavericks the next night (3/10) ... Scored one of two goals in MSU's semifinal matchup with Michigan (3/16), then scored one of two MSU power play goals a day later in 7-6 win over Lake Superior in the consolation game (3/17) ... Had points in both games at the Frozen Four, potting an insurance marker at 9:46 of the third in the semifinal game with Maine (4/5), in addition to assisting on Chris Mueller's empty-net tally with just 1.2 seconds remaining in the national title game victory over Boston College (4/7).
2005-06 (Sophomore): Appeared in 43 of 45 Spartan contests ... Netted 11 goals and added 17 assists for 28 points ... Ranks fourth among returning scorers from a year ago ... Scored a power-play goal in season opener against Wayne State (10/8) ... Picked up an assist on Tyler Howells' goal against Michigan (10/22) in a 3-3 tie ... Posted a two-assist performance against Cornell (10/28) ... Collected a power-play goal and added an assist on Chris Lawrence's game-tying goal, sparking a comeback against Northern Michigan (11/4) ... Tallied a goal in a 2-2 tie with Ferris State (11/8), his first even-strength goal of the season ... Had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/11) ... Extended his point streak to three games with a goal in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Mavericks (11/12) ... Tied a career high with his fourth goal in as many games in 3-2 loss to Ohio State (11/15) ... Posted a two-assist performance in 3-0 win against Bowling Green (12/2). His first assist, on Bryan Lerg's goal in the first period, was his 30th career point ... Played his 50th career game, and scored a power play goal, in a 4-2 loss to Bowling Green (12/3) ... Contributed two assists in a 4-4 tie at Alaska-Fairbanks (12/9) ... Collected an assist on David Booth's power-play goal in the GLI Championship against Colorado College (12/30) ... Scored an empty-net goal in a 4-0 blanking of Fairbanks (1/14). With the goal, McKenzie tied his point total from the previous season (18) ... Scored the 20th goal of his career in a 3-2 loss to UNO (1/20) ... Picked up an assist on Drew Miller's game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Notre Dame (2/3) ... Recorded the primary assist on Miller's game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory at Lake Superior (2/23) ... Potted a power play tally in the second game against Alaska Fairbanks in the CCHA quarterfinals (3/11) ... Added a pair of assists - his fifth two-assist game of the season - the following night against the Nanooks, both on Miller tallies (including his game-winning goal) ... Assisted on Booth's game-winner in the CCHA Championship game against Miami (3/18) ... Scored a goal in the waning seconds of the middle frame in a loss to Maine in the NCAA Regional Final (3/26).
2004-05 (Freshman): Played in 34 games with 11-7--18 totals ... Led all Spartan rookies with 11 goals ... Scored 10 of his 11 goals in the final 14 games ... Six of his 11 markers were power-play tallies ... First collegiate goal came in 5-1 win over New Hampshire (10/17) ... Set up Booth's game-winning tally in 4-2 win over Ferris State (11/5) ... Set up State's insurance goal in 2-0 blanking of Cornell (11/14) ... Tallied two assists at Michigan (11/20) ... Scored game-tying goal with 3:18 left in 1-1 OT tie vs. Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/5) ... First career hat trick in 6-3 win over No. 7 Ohio State (2/18), including the game-winning tally ... Scored at Bowling Green (2/25) ... Goal and assist in 6-3 win over Bowling Green (2/26) ... Tallied a goal in back-to-back games with Notre Dame (3/4-5), including the game winner on Saturday, to win CCHA Rookie of the Week honors ... Set up Colton Fretter's game winner in overtime in 5-4 win over Miami (3/12) ... Scored MSU's second goal in 5-0 blanking of UNO (3/17) in CCHA Super Six Quarterfinals.
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two seasons (2002-04) with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League ... Tied for fifth among the USHL regular-season scorers with 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 59 games in 2003-04 ... Tallied eight power-play markers, two shorthanded tallies and three game winners among his 26 markers ... Had 168 penalty minutes ... Team captain ... Team MVP ... Named MVP of the 2004 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game after tallying two goals including the overtime game winner ... Earned USHL Offensive Player of the Week honors on 1/5, 2004, after tallying 3-3--6 totals ... Played in 45 games for Sioux Falls in 2002-03, posting 6-18--24 totals and 108 penalty minutes ... Prior to joining Sioux Falls, spent time with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) and the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... Played at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minn., in 1999-2000, posting 7-10--17 totals as Hill-Murray won the section 3AA championship.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 10, 1984 ... Human resources major ... Enjoys hunting, fishing, disc golf, golf and playing cards ... Graduated from Woodbury High School ... Favorite NHL team: Minnesota Wild ... Favorite NHL player: Brett Hull ... Says his father is his idol "because of all the adversity he battled through to become who is today" ... Son of Tim and Leighann McKenzie ... Says Wayne Palodichuk is his biggest hockey influence as "he was my youth hockey coach, and he pushed me to work hard and taught me a thing or two about commitment" ... Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2004-05 34 11 7 18 6 0 2 -1 22/44 2005-06 43 11 17 28 4 0 0 +4 33/85 2006-07 36 12 18 30 5 0 1 +8 24/56 TOTALS 112 34 42 76 15 0 3 +11 79/185