Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's 2-0 shut out win at Wisconsin.
The Spartans and Buckeyes will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 3-0 exhibition win over the USNTDP U-18s.
Patrick Khodorenko scored twice and Ed Minney made 20 saves in the exhibition win.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's 5-0 win over Michigan.
2016-17 (Freshman): Tied for third on the team with 18 points (7g, 11a) ... Played in all 35 games ... Nine of his 18 points came in Big Ten play ... Scored the game-tying goal on the power-play vs. Michigan on Jan. 21, had a season-high two goals vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 3, and an assist the next night vs. the Badgers for his first three-game point streak ... Capped his second three-game point streak of the year with an assist and goal, respectively, at No. 13 Ohio State, March 3-4 ... Had two assists in the season finale vs. Ohio State on March 16 ... Assisted on Carson Gatt's power-play goal at Wisconsin, Jan. 7 ... Netted the tying goal in the second period vs. Northeastern on Dec. 18 ... Scored the tying goal in the second period of MSU's 2-2 tie at No. 5 North Dakota on Nov. 26 ... Picked up an assist on Mason Appleton's game-winning, third-period goal at Ferris State on Nov. 12 ... Assisted on Appleton's game-winning OT goal vs. Michigan Tech, Nov. 4 ... Had a goal and an assist, respectively, in the two games vs. No. 6 Denver, Oct. 21-22, for his first collegiate points ... Made his debut in the season-opener at LSSU on Oct. 14.
Prior to MSU: Two-year member of the US National Team Development Program ... Recorded 13 points (7g, 6a), including four points vs. NCAA Division I teams, in 43 games with the USNTDP U-18 team in 2015-16 ... Played the 2014-15 season with the USNTDP U-17s, ranking third on the team with 33 points (13g, 20a) in 55 games ... Scored a goal in four games of the 2014 U17 Four Nations Tournament and had six points in six games of the 2014 World U-17 Challenge ... Also represented the US at the 2015 U17 Five Nations Tournament ... Played bantam major for Honeybaked in 2012-13, recording 40 points in 23 games ... Put up 30 points in 22 games for the Honeybaked U16s in 2013-14 ...Played bantam hockey for the Los Angeles Selects.
Personal: Born Oct. 13, 1998 in San Francisco, California ... Son of Alex and Inessa ... Favorite NHL player is Pavel Datsyuk because of "his skill and ability to be dangerous with the puck in any situation" ... Lists his father, Alex, as his biggest hockey influence because he got him started with the game.