Notes, quote and analysis from Neil Koepke on the Spartans' 4-1 win at Yost.
Freshman John Lethemon picks up his first-career win with a 23-save performance.
MSU outshot the U18 team, 39-16.
Neil Koepke previews Sunday's exhibition game against the USNTDP U-18 team.
Neil Koepke previews Friday's home contest vs. Princeton.
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 ... Played 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 MSU assistant coach Tom Newton's late brother, Bill.