Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
NHL Post-Season Begins Tuesday
2007-08 (Junior): Alternate Captain ... Pre-season and post-season Second-Team All-CCHA pick ... Named MSU's Outstanding Offensive Player ... Scored nine of his 20 goals on the season on the power play ... Tied for eighth in the country in game-winning goals (5) ... Has three short-handed goals, which tied for the 10th-highest total in the nation ... Compiled an eight-game point-scoring streak (10/20/07 vs. Colgate -11/10/07 vs. Miami) in which he netted his first 15 points of the season ... Has a team-high 12 multiple-point games this season ... Had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Northern Michigan (10/27) ... Scored twice, including the game-winner, at Alaska (11/2) ... Added a goal and an assist the following night in a 3-1 victory over the Nanooks (11/3) ... Had a six-point weekend against Mercyhurst (11/9-10), in which he had a hand in exactly half of the MSU goals scored in the series ... Scored a shorthanded goal against the Lakers in the first game of the series, the second of his career ... Extended his goal-scoring streak to eight games with a second-period tally against Miami (11/15), but the streak was snapped the next night when he was held off the board ... Rebounded with the game-tying short-handed goal against Minnesota (11/23) ... Scored his 12th goal of the season in the series finale against Lake Superior State, the game winner (12/1) ... Also assisted on Michael Ratchuk's first-period goal against the Lakers ... Tallied assists on two of Tim Crowder's four goals in the Ferris State series (12/7-8) - one assist in each game ... Scored the only goal in 4-1 loss to Michigan Tech in semifinals of the Great Lakes Invitational (12/28) ... Picked up a pair of assists in the second Lake Superior State series (1/4-5), helping on Justin Abdelkader's goal in game one and Michael Ratchuk's game-tying goal in game two ... Added two more assists in home-and-home Notre Dame series; helped on Abdelkader's game-winning goal in game one (1/11) and also on Nick Sucharski's tally in game two (1/13) ... Assisted on both of Abdelkader's goals in game two (1/19) of Ohio State series ... Contributed a pair of assists in game one of the Nebraska-Omaha series (2/1) ... Snapped a 13-game goal-less skid with a short-handed tally in the third period of game one of the Wetsern Michican series (2/15), and also added an assist in each game for a three-point weekend ... Recorded his 10th multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in game one against Michigan (2/22), and extended his scoring streak to four games with a power-play goal in game two (2/23); finished with three points in the weekend split with the Wolverines ... Recorded his third consecutive three-point weekend in the regular season finale against Bowling Green (2/29-3/1); he scored a goal in each game and also assisted on Chris Mueller's game-winner in game two ... Netted his 100th career point, a goal, in the regular-season finale agaisnt the Falcons ... Extended his scoring streak to seven games with a goal and an assist in game one of the CCHA quarterfinal series with Northern Michigan (3/14); he had the primary assist on Abdelkader's game-winner in the second period, before potting a goal in the third ... Recorded a three-point weekend at the NCAA West Regional in games against Colordo College (3/28) and Notre Dame (3/29). He opened action in the semifinal game against the Tigers with a power-play goal at 9:27 in the second period, then assisted on Mueller's goal with seven seconds left in the period. He finished the season with an assist on MSU's only goal against the Fighting Irish in the regional final.
2006-07 (Sophomore): Named to both the Frozen Four and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Teams after pacing the Spartans with three goals and three assists in four games ... With all three of his goals coming on the power play, he led all NCAA tournament scorers in power-play goals, and was tied for third in overall goals ... Also led the Spartans in overall postseason scoring with 5-5-10 totals ... One of just four skaters to appear in all 42 games for the Spartans ... Finished first on the team in scoring (43 points), and assists (25) ... Was also tops in power-play goals (10) and man-advantage points (21) ... Second on the team with 18 goals ... Led the team in multiple-point games with 11 ... Ranked second on the team in game-winning goals (4) ... Tied his career high for assists in a game (2) in a season-opening win vs. Western Michigan (10/13) ... Tied a career high for both assists and points with a two-assist, three-point night three matches later against Sacred Heart (10/28) ... Had back-to-back two-point games - both against Michigan - tallying a goal and an assist (11/3), and setting a career high with two goals in the game at Yost (11/4)... Had a career-high five-game point streak (6-3-9) early in the season (10/28 - 11/10) ... Scored twice at Minnesota (11/24) to tie his career best ... Tied a career high for points in a game (2-1-3) in the 4-1 rout of Ohio State (12/1) ... Assisted on the first goal of the game - both on the power play - at both games of the Great Lakes Invitational (12/29-30) ... Notched the overtime game-winning goal, in addition to an assist on the game-tying goal, for his seventh multi-point game of the season against Alaska (1/12) ... Notched a career-best three assists and tied a personal best in points in game one of the Western Michigan series (2/16). With three power play assists, he was just the second Spartan to record more than two helpers in a game ... Rounded out the regular season with six assists in six games ... Notched the game-winning goal in the Spartans series-clinching game against Nebraska-Omaha in the CCHA quarterfinals (3/10) ... Scored one of two Spartan goals against Michigan in the CCHA semifinals (3/16) ... Pitched in two assists, including one on the overtime game-winning goal, in MSU's 7-6 victory over Lake Superior in the CCHA Consolation match (3/17) ... Had a power-play goal and assisted on Tim Crowder's game-winning tally in a 5-1 victory over Boston University in the Midwest Regional semifinal (3/23) ... Notched the game-winning goal - his fourth of the season - on the power play in a 2-1 downing of Notre Dame in the regional final (3/24) ... Assisted on Chris Snavley's second-period goal in the Spartans' 4-2 victory over Maine in the Frozen Four semifinal (4/5) ... Scored a power-play goal at the 9:53 mark of the third period against Boston College in the national title game (4/7) to tie the game, then assisted on Justin Abdelkader's game winner with just 18.9 seconds remaining in regulation, earning him Frozen Four All-Tournament honors ... With six power-play points (4g, 2a) in eight postseason games, finished in a five-way tie for first in the CCHA with 21 man-advantage points (10g, 11a) ... Also tied for second in conference power-play goals (10) ... Finished the season on a career-best seven-game point streak (5-5-10), dating back to Game 2 of the CCHA Quarterfinals (3/10).
2005-06 (Freshman): Appeared in 29 games, scoring four goals and adding 15 assists for 19 points ... Missed 16 games in the first half of the season after suffering a hand injury ... Ranked ninth among CCHA rookies in scoring ... Earned Honorable Mention kudos on the CCHA All-Rookie Team ... Tallied his first collegiate goal at 4:17 of the first period in the 3-3 tie against Michigan (10/22), and later added his first assist on Tim Crowder's second-period tally ... Returned to the lineup after missing 16 games in 3-2 overtime victory in the GLI semifinal against Michigan Tech (12/29) ... Contributed an assist on Jared Nightingale's goal at 8:54 of the third period in a 3-1 win over Wayne State (1/6) ... Collected his first game-winning goal as a collegian at 11:55 of the first period in 4-0 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (1/13). Added an assist on Crowder's goal at 5:47 of the third period for his second career multiple-point game ... Registered points in consecutive games for the first time by contributing an assist to both Spartan goals in 2-1 win over the Nanooks (1/14) ... Posted the sixth assist of his career with a helper on Ethan Graham's goal against UNO (1/21) ... Notched his fourth multiple-point game with a goal and an assist against Notre Dame (2/4) ... Scored MSU's second goal in the 4-3 victory at Ohio State (2/9) ... Assisted on Crowder's second-period power play strike against UAF (3/11) in the CCHA Quarterfinals ... Tallied a pair of assists in the series-clinching victory (7-4) over the Nanooks (3/12) ... Assisted on Justin Abdelkader's tally in the 2-1 victory over Miami in the CCHA Championship game (3/18) ... Assisted on Crowder's game-winning tally in a dramatic 1-0 victory over New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Assisted on both of Crowder's tallies the next afternoon against Maine (3/26) in a 5-4 loss to the Black Bears in the NCAA Regional Final.
PRIOR TO MSU: Selected by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (No. 181 overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but his rights have since been traded to his hometown Sabres ... Spent two seasons (2003-05) with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League ... Paced team in scoring with 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) in 54 games in 2004-05 ... His 61 points placed him tied for sixth among the USHL scoring leaders ... Had seven power-play goals, three shorthanded markers and seven game-winners among his 30 goals ... Also recorded 112 penalty minutes ... Led the USHL with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the playoffs ... 2004-05 All-USHL Second-Team honoree ... Played in the 2005 USHL All-Star Game ... Selected as the team's Top Offensive Player and MVP for 2004-05 ... In 2003-04, recorded 9-10-19 totals in 56 games ... Finished with two game-winning goals, a +13 rating and 42 penalty minutes ... In seven playoff games in 2004, recorded 2-2-4 totals ... Named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 ... Played midget hockey with current MSU junior Chris Mueller.
PERSONAL: Born April 30, 1986 ... Criminal justice major ... Enjoys playing golf, softball and basketball ... Graduated from Bishop Timon St. Jude High School ... Four-year letterwinner in hockey ... Earned second-team all-league honors in 2000 and first-team all-league honors from 2001-03 ... Honorable mention all-state in 2002-03 ... Favorite NHL team: Buffalo Sabres ... Favorite NHL player: Vincent Lecavalier ... Son of James and MaryEileen Kennedy ... Says his father is biggest hockey influence, "since if it was not for him, I would not be where I am today. He taught me to skate before I could walk." ... Completed an internship with the Buffalo Police Department in the summer of 2007.
GP G A Pts Shots Shot% Pen Min +/- PPG SHG GWG 2005-06 29 4 15 19 66 .061 14 31 +5 0 0 2 2006-07 42 18 25 43 92 .196 23 49 +4 10 1 4 2007-08 42 20 23 43 116 .172 25 50 +16 9 3 5 TOTAL 113 42 63 105 274 .153 62 130 +25 19 4 11