Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's win over Wisconsin.
Spartans remain unbeaten at home in improving to 4-2 on the season.
Neil Koepke highlights the Spartans' defense in previewing this weekend's home series vs. LSSU.
Notes, quotes and analysis from MSU’s media day from Neil Koepke.
Mitch Eliot, Zach Osburn and Taro Hirose all attended NHL development camps.
2016-17 (Freshman): Only freshman defenseman to have dressed in all 35 games ... Ranked fourth on the team with 38 blocked shots ... Had three assists ... Picked up his third assist of the season in a 5-4 road win at No. 13 Ohio State on March 3 ... Assisted on JT Stenglein's goal vs. No. 11 Minnesota, Dec. 10 ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at LSSU on Oct. 14 and picked up his first-career point with an assist the next night vs. the Lakers ... Had 17 penalties totaling 34 minutes.
Prior to MSU: Recorded 13 points (5g, 8a) in 55 games and was an alternate captain with USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2015-16 ... Led the team with 92 penalty minutes ... Took part in the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y., recording one assist ... Played in 58 games with the Lumberjacks in 2014-15 and helped the team reach the USHL's Clark Cup final ... Captained the USA U18 team at the 2015 Hlinka Memorial tournament ... Spent time with the Honeybaked U16 and U18 teams, producing six points in 25 total games in 2013-14 ... Also played for Honeybaked bantam minor and major teams, totaling 23 points in two seasons.
Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1998 in Orange County, California ... Son of Darren and Meredith Eliot ... Father, Darren, played hockey at Cornell and then six years professionally, including with the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player is Matt Niskanen ... Considers his dad his biggest hockey influence and idol.