Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
2006-07 (Senior): Recipient of the of the Bill Burgess Outstanding Senior Award ... Saw action in 40 of the team's 42 games, primarily as a winger on the third and fourth lines... Notched his second assist of the season on Tyler Howell's goal in a 5-2 win over Harvard (12/29) at the Great Lakes Invitational ... Collected his first goal of the 2006-07 campaign in a 5-1 rout at Nebraska-Omaha (2/2) ... Picked up the lone assist on Bryan Lerg's overtime game-winning goal against Ferris State (2/9) to keep an eight-game unbeaten streak alive ... Assisted on Chris Snavely's game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory at Bowling Green (2/23) which secured a first-round bye for the Spartans in the playoffs ... Saw time on the power play - which went 3-for-9 on the weekend set with UNO in the CCHA quarterfinal round ... Notched the first multiple-point game of his career in the CCHA consolation game with Lake Superior (3/17), assisting on MSU's first two goals of the game.
2005-06 (Junior): Scored his first goal of the season on the power play against Northern Michigan (11/4) ... Assisted on Zak McClellan's first goal as a Spartan, also against Northern (11/5) ... Collected an assist in a 7-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/11) on Dan Sturges' first collegiate goal ... Broke a three-game point drought with an assist on Corey Potter's power-play goal in the 5-3 loss to Western Michigan (11/19) ... Scored a power-play tally - the second of his career - early in the third period of a 6-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (3/12) ... Combined with Tim Crowder and Bryan Lerg to set a new CCHA record in that game for the fastest three goals in tournament history (1:46).
2004-05 (Sophomore): Played in four games ... Made first appearance of the season in 5-2 win at Ferris State (11/6) ... Skated in back-to-back games against Western Michigan (1/14-15) ... Saw action vs. Lake Superior State (1/21).
2003-04 (Freshman): Appeared in 23 games with 2-8--10 totals ... Scored his first collegiate goal vs. Findlay (10/10) ... Tallied an assist on MSU's third goal at Miami (11/15) ... Drew an assist on MSU's first goal vs. Wayne State (11/21) ... Picked up an assist on MSU's second goal vs. Boston College (12/28) ... Tallied second goal vs. Northern Michigan (1/2) ... Set up MSU's second goal vs. UMass-Lowell (1/9) ... Set up MSU's first goal in 3-0 blanking at Ohio State (1/24) ... Registered an assist vs. Miami (1/31).
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two seasons (2001-03) with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League ... Team was the Junior "A" National Champions in 2003 and Junior "A" National Finalists in 2002 ... Registered 30 goals and 32 assists for 62 points in 56 games in 2002-03 ... Paced squad in power-play (10), game-winning (7) and shorthanded (5) goals ... Led Pittsburgh and ranked sixth in the NAHL scoring race in 2002-03 ... Holds the Forge record for goals (30) and points (62) in a season ... Set team single-game record with four goals vs. Team USA (2/22, 2003) ... Tallied 8-18--26 totals in 51 games in 2001-02 ... Teammate of current Spartan Brandon Warner with the Forge ... Spent 2000-01 with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League ... Added 5-7--12 totals in 40 games with Dubuque ... Member of the 1999 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that won a silver medal at the Four Nations Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.
PERSONAL: Born March 8, 1982 ... Human resources major ... Enjoys golf, movies, music and baseball ... Graduated from Malvern Prep ... Earned four letters in hockey and three in baseball ... Selected as Rookie of Year in 1996-97 and the league and team MVP in 1998-99 in hockey ... Favorite NHL Team: Philadelphia Flyers ... Favorite NHL Player: Mike Modano ... Son of William and Bernadette Lawrence ... Father played baseball at St. Bernard's from 1968-73 ... Cousin Ed McCaffrey played football at Stanford and for the Denver Broncos ... Another cousin, Billy McCaffrey, played basketball at Duke and Vanderbilt.
"Chris is a very mature player who understands his role, and brings a tremendous attitude and work ethic to the rink every day. We have the utmost confidence in his ability to manage our locker room. He played a key role on our team as a junior and helped us achieve some great things. He was the unanimous selection by his teammates to serve as captain, and that is a testament to their confidence in him as a leader." -- Rick Comley
"I'm extremely excited about being the captain of the Michigan State hockey team. This is something I can look at with a lot of pride. It's really a great honor, particularly in a program with a rich history like Michigan State, to serve as captain. It's extra special because it comes from a vote of my teammates - the guys you go to battle with every night." -- Chris Lawrence
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2003-04 23 2 8 10 1 0 0 +5 1-2 2004-05 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 2005-06 39 2 4 6 2 0 0 -2 9/18 2006-07 40 1 6 7 0 0 0 -4 4-19 TOTALS 106 5 18 23 3 0 0 -1 14/39