Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Wednesday's Green and White Game.
Appleton compiled 53 points (17g, 36a) in 72 career games.
Mason Appleton voted team captain.
Joe Cox claimed four honors at the annual awards program.
2017 MSU Hockey Awards Program, April 15, 2017
2016-17 (Sophomore): Led the team in goals (12) assists (19) and points (31) … Voted the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player and MVP … Academic All-Big Ten … Had seven multi-point games and averaged a point-per-game over the final 12 games … Had a team-high 15 points (4g, 11a) in league play … Recorded points in three consecutive games on four occasions … Scored the Spartans’ lone goal in a 1-1 tie at No. 5 Minnesota, March 11 ... Had a career-best three assists at Ohio State on March 4 ... Picked up two assists in a tie with Michigan at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 10 and then scored shorthanded the following night a 4-1 win in Ann Arbor ... Had an assist and goal, respectively, in the two games at Penn State, Jan. 13-14, ... Had power-play goals in both games of the GLI to push his scoring streak to three games ... Had a power-play goal and assist vs. Northeastern on Dec. 18 ... Recorded his second-career two-goal game in a 4-3 come-from-behind win at Ferris State, Nov. 12, scoring on the power play and then adding the game winner with 9:37 to play in the third period ... Capped a four-game point streak with his first-career two-goal game and added an assist in a 3-2 OT win over Michigan Tech on Nov. 4 ... Both goals vs. MTU came on the power play and his goal at 1:22 of OT gave him his third-career game-winner ... Picked up his first goal of the year Oct. 22 vs. Denver and then picked up a goal and an assist in the next game vs. Princeton, Oct. 28 … Began the year with points in five of the first seven games.
2015-16 (Freshman): Named the team's Outstanding Rookie after producing 22 points, including a team-high 17 assists ... Appeared in all 37 games ... Had at least a point in nine of the first 11 games ... Became the first Spartan since 2009 to pick up a point in his first three collegiate contests, registering three assists ... Had his first-career two-point game with a pair of helpers vs. LSSU (10/22) ... Scored his first collegiate goal (GWG) in a 5-0 win over UNH (11/6) and added another the following night ... Recorded his second multi-point game of the season with a goal and assist at Boston College (11/13) - his goal tied the game, 4-4, with 5:45 to play in the third period ... Had three assists in the series vs. Michigan Tech (11/21-22) to push his point streak to five games ... Had assists in both games of a split at Ohio State (1/29-30) ... Recorded his second two-assist game of the season on March 11 vs. OSU.
Prior to MSU: Drafted in the sixth-round (168th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft ... Had a 12-28-40 scoring line in 54 regular-season games with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL in 2014-15, playing with teammate Cody Milan ... Scored four goals and added four assists in seven playoff games last season ... Produced 60 points (26g, 34a) in just 23 regular-season games for Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay in 2013-14 ... In five playoff games, he added 10 more points (4g, 6a) ... Three-time Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State honoree and was a finalist for player of the year as a senior ... Scored the game-winning goal in the 2012 WIAA state championship game ... In three seasons playing for Notre Dame Academy, he produced a 62-100-162 line.
Personal: Born Jan. 15, 1996 in Green Bay, Wisconsin ... Son of Jim and Kim ... Has three younger siblings ... Favorite NHL team is the Winnipeg Jets ... Favorite NHL player is Anze Kopitar ... Biggest hockey influence is his father because he got him started in the game ... Played varsity football and baseball at Notre Dame Academy ... Lists fishing as one of his biggest hobbies away from the rink.