Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on MSU's sweep of OSU.
Neil Koepke's notes, quotes and analysis from Friday's win.
Darnell posts three points in the win.
Spartans pick up exhibition win vs. US National Under-18 squad.
Neil Koepke's news and notes from the GLI semifinal.
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.