Neil Koepke analyzes Saturday's win over Michigan.
MSU ends its regular season with a win over Michigan.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's 3-0 win over Wisconsin.
Jake Hildebrand makes 21 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.
Neil Koepke highlights Matt DeBlouw in his preview of this weekend's series at Wisconsin.
2014-15 (Junior): Produced eight goals and five assists in playing in all 35 games ... Tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals ... Had a career-long four-game point streak (3-1-4) from Jan. 30 - Feb. 14 ... Scored the game-winning goal in the third period of a 2-1 win over Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (1/30) ... Netted the game-winner 29 seconds into the third period in a 2-1 win at Michigan (3/14) ... Scored MSU’s lone goal in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field (2/7) ... Scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over Penn State (2/13) ... Had a 2-2-4 line over a four game stretch form Nov. 29-Dec. 14 ... Scored a power-play goal vs. Clarkson (12/14) ... Posted his first multi-point game since Jan. 12, 2013 with a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win at Princeton ... Scored the game-winning goal in the opener vs. UMass (10/17) - his first goal since March 17, 2013 at Miami (Ohio) ... Blocked 30 shots and was one of the Spartans’ top penalty killers.
2013-2014 (Sophomore): Dressed in 23 games and finished the season with four assists ... Recorded assists twice in two consecutive games - first vs. Boston University and AIC (10/26, 11/1) and then vs. Wisconsin and Michigan (3/8, 3/14) ... Had a season-high five shots on goal at UMass (10/18) and vs. Wisconsin (3/14).
2012-13 (Freshman): Appeared in all 42 games as a true freshman, tying for third in the team in goals (10) and second in points (21), earning an honorable mention selection to the CCHA All-Rookie Team ... Registered his first collegiate points in consecutive games vs. Niagara, picking up an assist (10/19) and goal (10/20) ... Produced a season-best four points (2g, 2a) in a 6-1 rout of Bowling Green (11/3) ... Had a goal and two assists in a victory over Michigan (11/10) ... Posted his third multi-point game of the year vs. Notre Dame (1/12), scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 4-1 win ... Scored four goals, including two game-winners, in four of the last six games of the season; had one in each game of the CCHA quarterfinal series against Miami (3/15-17) and prior to that he had the game-winning tally in a 2-1 win over Alaska (3/8) in game one of the first round of the CCHA Playoffs ... Led the team with 380 face-off wins and a .552 win percentage.
Prior to MSU: Was drafted in the seventh round (186th selection overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames ... Participated in the 2012 NHL scouting combine ... Played in the inaugural USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January 2012 ...Played two seasons of junior hockey with Muskegon (USHL), posting a 11-23-34 scoring line in 58 games in 2011-12 and was second on the team in scoring ... Appeared in just 33 games in 2010-11 in Muskegon, due to missing most of the first half of the year with a lacerated spleen ... Had a 2-4-6 scoring line in those regular-season games, with 51 PIM ... In the playoffs, had a 3-5-8 scoring line with six PIM ... Led the Lumberjacks in playoff points, assists, and plus/minus (+6) ... Previously played for the Little Caesar's organization, and in 2009-10 registered 44 points on 23 goals and 21 assists in 48 games.
Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1993 in Macomb, Mich .... Son of Donna and the late Henry "Butch" DeBlouw ... Is one of five children: has older brothers Henry and Nick, an older sister Jenny, (who attends MSU), and a younger brother, Danny ... A graduate of Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School ... Enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family ... Lists Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite NHL player, because "he does everything well and has a great work ethic" ... Lists his father as his idol, for all his hard work and dedication.