Neil Koepke previews Sunday's game with Clarkson in his weekly notebook.
News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's tie and shootout win vs. Minnesota.
Brent Darnell scored a pair of goals in the tie.
Neil Koepke previews the weekend series vs. Minnesota.
Neil Koepke previews the Spartans' trip to Princeton.
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.