News and notes from Neil Koepke on MSU's 6-4 win over Clarkson.
Spartans explode for four-goal second period.
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.
Boston College 3, MSU 2; Nov. 14, 2014
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.