News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's tie and shootout win vs. Minnesota.
Four unanswered goals help UNH top MSU, 5-2.
Neil Koepke's news and notes ahead of this weekend's series at UNH.
Spartans making their first trip to UNH since 1982.
Haag and MacEachern both had a goal and an assist.
2013-2014 (Freshman): Appeared in 15 games, recording one goal ... First career goal came on the power play in a 5-4 win vs. American International (11/1) ... Had a season high four shots on goal vs. Boston University (10/26) ... Scored the shootout winner in the sixth round at Minnesota (1/31) to give MSU the extra point.
Prior to MSU: Began his third USHL season with the Youngstown Phantoms, and was traded twice - first to Sioux city for 14 games, then to the Waterloo Blackhawks for the balance of the season (28 games) ... Averaged better than a point-per-game in each of his three stops ... Managed a 24-31-55 scoring line in 53 games overall ... Ranked 24th in the USHL in points and goals, tied for 25th in assists, and tied for 19th in power play goals (7) ... Ranked fifth in the USHL in penalty minutes (177) ... In Waterloo, had 12 goals and 17 assists, was a +1, and had three power-play goals and four game-winners ... Member of the U.S. Junior Select Team that captured a gold medal in Nov. 2012 at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia ... Scored the game-winning goal against Canada West in the gold-medal game, a 6-3 victory for the U.S. ... Had two goals and two assists in the tournament overall ... In 11 games for Youngstown this season, has six goals and five assists ... Was named the USHL CCM Player of the Week for a five-point effort in a win over Waterloo ... In 56 games in 2011-12, scored 31 goals and added 20 assists ... His 31 goals set a Youngstown franchise record ... Also recorded 132 penalty minutes.
Personal: Born July 11, 1993 in Rochester, N.Y. ... Son of Tom and Christi ... Father, Tom, played football at Colgate and was a two-time first-team All-America selection in 1984 and `85 ... Uncle, Jeff, also played football at Colgate ... Graduated from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio ... Favorite NHL player is Ryan Callahan because he's "a relentless competitor, great leader and good in all zones" ... Lists is younger brother, Trevor, as his idol because he pushes him to to be better.