Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
MSU outshot the U18 team, 39-16.
Neil Koepke previews Sunday's exhibition game against the USNTDP U-18 team.
Neil Koepke analyzes the Spartans’series finale at North Dakota.
Thomas Ebbing and Patrick Khodorenko scored for MSU.
2015-16 (Junior): Produced his best offensive season with 23 points, including a career-high 11 goals ... Finished the season on a career-best seven-game point streak (3-4-7) ... Had a career-best five-multi-point games ... Winner of the Amo Bessone Award, honoring athletic and academic achievement ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Scored the shootout winner in the second round vs. OSU (3/12) ... Had a goal in the Big Ten Tournament vs. OSU (3/17) ... Scored on a breakaway in a win over Minnesota (3/5) ... Scored a pair of goals, including a penalty shot goal, in a 3-2 win over No. 5 Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/5) ... Scored and added two assists in the series vs. Michigan Tech (11/21-22) and then scored vs. North Dakota (11/27) to collect points in three straight games ... Had a goal and an assist in both games of a sweep of UNH (11/6-7), including an unassisted, shorthanded goal in the 5-0 win ... Scored a goal in the season-opener vs. Maine (10/9) and had an assist the following night in a win over LSSU (10/10) ... Named the 71st Spartan hockey captain on April 18, 2016.
2014-15 (Sophomore): Tied for second on the team with 15 assists ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Dressed in all 35 games ... Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for posting a GPA above 3.7 during the year ... 11 of his 15 assists came in Big Ten games ... Posted a plus-3 rating and blocked 30 shots, 21 of which came in Big Ten play ... Scored two first-period goals at Minnesota (2/26) and assisted on two goals the following night in a 4-2 win over the Gophers ... Scored the lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Wisconsin (2/20) ... Assisted on Villiam Haag's goal in a 2-1 win over Michigan (1/30) ... Named the Big Ten First Star of the Week after notching a career high in points (3) and goals (2) in a win over Clarkson (12/14) ... Had a career-long three-game point streak (0-4-4) from Nov. 7-14 ... Had a career-best two assists in a 4-3 win at UNH (11/7) ... One of MSU's best penalty killers ... Blocked a career-high five shots in a win over Penn State (2/14), all of which came on consecutive PSU power plays in the first period ... Won the Harold & Raynor Shnider Office of the Provost Award, which is presented to an MSU freshman or sophomore student-athlete who embodies the characteristics promoted by Student-Athlete Support Services, with emphasis on academic performance, community involvement and leadership ability.
2013-14 (Freshman): Tied for second among freshmen in points with 12 (6g, 6a) and appeared in all 36 games ... Winner of the team's Outstanding Rookie Award ... His first-career goal was a game-winner, scoring the go-ahead goal at 15:56 of the third period in a 3-1 win vs. Boston University (10/26) ... Picked up an assist in the second game of the season at UMass (10/19) ... Had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win vs. Penn State (02/15/14) ... Scored goals in both games of a sweep over Princeton (11/29-12/1) ... Had assists in consecutive games vs. Penn State (1/18) and Michigan (1/23).
Prior to MSU: Owned a 20-20-40 scoring line in 62 games for the Lumberjacks in 2012-13 ...Team captain his final season in Muskegon ... In 2011-12, he produced a 6-14-20 scoring line in 57 games for the Jacks ... Two of his six goals were game-winning tallies ... Had 33 PIM ... Was teammates with current Spartans Matt DeBlouw and Travis Walsh in Muskegon during 2011-12 campaign ... Two-year totals of 26-34-60 for the Lumberjacks ... Played for Team USA in the summers of 2010 and 2011 at the European Tournaments ... Captained the 2011 USA Team at the prestigious Ivan Hlinka Tournament ... Is a product of the Compuware AAA Hockey Program.
Personal: Born Jan. 7, 1994 in Fayetteville, N.C. ... Son of Jesse and Lori ... Brother, Randy, played club hockey for Adrian College ... Also has a younger brother, Sean ... Graduated from Chelsea High School with a 3.7 GPA ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and lists is favorite player as Pavel Datsyuk because "he does everything very well" ... Lists his dad as biggest hockey influence because "he introduced me to hockey and trained me for most of my life" ... Also lists his dad as his hero as he served in the Army for 22 years.