Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Ohio State.
The seventh-seeded Spartans will meet second-seeded OSU in a best-of-three series.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 4-3 win at Notre Dame.
Lewandowski nets two goals, Rosburg posts three points to bolster MSU
2017-18 (Sophomore): Saw action in 34 games, making 32 starts … Was in goal for all 12 Spartan wins … His four shutouts tied for the most in the Big Ten … Improved his goals-against average by 0.78 over his rookie season, finishing at 2.88 … Upped his save percentage by 0.030 from his freshman campaign, ending the year at .903 … Shutout Wisconsin twice, first doing so with a 38-save effort in a 2-0 win (11/11) and then later on the road with 30 stops in another 2-0 victory (1/12) … Made 29 saves in a 5-0 win over Michigan … Recorded his first-career shutout with 15 saves in a 6-0 win over LSSU (10/28) … Stopped a career-high 41 shots in a 2-2 tie and his first shootout win at Penn State (11/25) … Got his first road win of the season with 29 saves in a 3-1 win at Ferris State (11/18) … Turned away 23 shots in a 4-3 win at No. 5 Notre Dame (2/24) … Made 37 stops in a 1-1 tie with Michigan (2/9) … Academic All-Big Ten.
2016-17 (Freshman): Played in 14 games, making 11 starts ... Posted a 3.58 goals-against average and .873 save percentage ... Made 23 saves in a 4-1 win at Michigan on Feb. 11 to get his first-career win ... Started back-to-back games on a weekend for the first time in his career, March 3-4, at Ohio State, earning a win in game one ... Made 22 saves in playing the final 45 minutes in a 4-4 tie with Michigan at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 10 ... Had a career-high 35 saves vs. Penn State on Feb. 24 ... Made 30 saves in the third-place game of the GLI vs. Michigan on Dec. 30 ... Made his first collegiate start Oct. 15 at LSSU.
Prior to MSU: Played two seasons with the Chicago Steel, posting a .912 save percentage and 2.75 goals-against average 31 games in 2015-16 ... Named the USHL Goaltender of the Week on Feb. 8, 2016 after posting a 47-save shutout in going 1-0-1 during the week ... Played in 15 games in 2014-15 with the Steel and had a 3.51 goals against average to go along with a .892 save percentage ... Drafted No. 6 overall by the Steel in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft ... Played two seasons at Farmington High School, his best coming in 2013-14, where he had a 1.99 GAA and .938 save percentage, in helping to lead Farmington High School to the Michigan Division 3 state championship ... Earned first-team All-State and OAA goalie of the year honors as a senior ... Product of the Victory Honda AAA system.
Personal: Born Aug. 15, 1996 ... Son of Rick and Kim ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and favorite player is Martin Jones ... Lists his parents as his heroes ... High school coach was former MSU assistant coach Tom Newton's late brother, Bill.