Neil Koepke previews the weekend series at Munn vs. North Dakota.
Junior recorded a pair of power-play goals last weekend.
Neil Koepke recaps the Spartans' win on Saturday.
Neil Koepke recaps Friday's 5-0 blanking of New Hampshire.
Seven different Spartans score in the win.
2014-15 (Sophomore): Ranked second on the team with a career-high 26 points (11g, 15a) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Tied for the team lead with five power-play goals ... His three game-winning goals tied Matt Berry and Matt DeBlouw for the team lead ... Posted six multi-point games ... The Spartans went 6-1-1 when he scored a goal ... Finished the season with at least a point in five of the last six games, posting a 1-5-6 line ... Assisted on Matt DeBlouw's game-winning goal 29 seconds into the third period in a 2-1 win at Michigan (3/14) ... Assisted on both of Matt Berry's power-play goals in a 3-0 win over Wisconsin (3/6) ... Scored a power-play goal vs. Wisconsin (3/7) ... Registered four goals and one assist in the sweep of Penn State (2/13-14), including his first-career hat trick in the 3-2 win, and was named the Big Ten and NCAA First Star of the Week ... Assisted on Thomas Ebbing's goal in a 4-2 win at Minnesota (2/27) ... Scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Ohio State (1/23) ... Had two unassisted goals in the series at New Hampshire (11/7-8), becoming the first Spartan to have two unassisted goals in a season since Brent Darnell had a pair in 2012-13 ... Posted a 1-2-3 line in the season opener vs. UMass (10/17).
2013-2014 (Freshman): Finished second among Spartan freshmen with 12 points (8g, 4 a) and tied for first among rookies with eight goals ... One of three freshmen to appear in all 36 games ... Had a four-game point streak with three goals and three assists from (11/23-12/6) ... Netted the game-winner vs. Michigan at the 7:47 mark of the third period, giving MSU a 4-3 victory (3/8) ... Scored first career goal vs. UMass-Lowell (10/25) ... Scored twice, including the game-winner, in a win vs. American International on (11/3) ... Had three assists vs. Princeton on (12/1) ... Drew an assist on Brent Darnell's goal in a win over Michigan (12/28) in the GLI consolation game ... Ranked second on the team in shots with 90.
Prior to MSU: Was the third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (No. 67 overall) ... Appeared in 50 games in Chicago in 2012-13, scoring eight goals and adding 13 assists ... Scored twice on the power play ... Two of his goals stood as game-winners ... Had 35 penalty minutes ... Completed his senior year at Brother Rice High School (2011-12) by helping his team to its first Division 2 State Championship since 2005 ... Named the state's Mr. Hockey in addition to being named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association Dream Team ... In 29 games, had a 42-48-90 scoring line and was an impressive +50, netting 11 power play goals, eight shorthanded markers, and six game-winners ... Was the fourth pick overall by Chicago in the 2012 United States Hockey League Draft ...Played with classmate Thomas Ebbing both at Brother Rice and in Chicago.
Personal: Born March 9, 1994 in Troy, Mich. ... Son of Ronald and Pamela ... Has three siblings; Matthew, Michael and Mollie ... Graduated from Brother Rice High School ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and favorite all-time player and idol is Steve Yzerman because of his leadership and determination ... Lists his dad as his biggest hockey influence.