Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on the Spartans' 3-1 win on Saturday.
Sixty-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's big series with Michigan.
MSU will next host Windsor on Tuesday.
MSU had 113 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
2013-14 (RS Sophomore): Did not see any game action ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2012-13: Did not see any action ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011-12 (Freshman): Joined the team at semester break ... Provides good depth at the goaltending position.
Prior to MSU: Played for the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) ... Posted a 9-4-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and .929 save percentage with eight shutouts ... Previously played for the Capital Center Pride, serving as an assistant captain in 2010 and earning Motor City Cup MVP honors in 2009 ... Served as an assistant captain while playing for the Lansing Capitals in 2005 and 2006.
Personal: Born on July 22, 1992 in Jackson, Mich. ... Son of Alan and Cheryl Phillips ... Has one sister, Elisabeth ... Cousin, Jeremy Gates, won a Division III National Championship in hockey at Newmann College ... Graduated from Northwest High School ... Was the Editor-in-Chief of his high school newspaper ... Lists the Winnipeg Jets as his favorite NHL franchise ... His favorite NHL player is Ryan Miller. "He was playing the night I attended my first Michigan State hockey game. He is one of the reasons I am a goalie" ... Notes that his biggest hockey influences were Ron Gay and Jason Muzzatti, who coached him in his AAA days. "They both have played the biggest roles in my career, pushing me both on and off the ice," ... His parents are his heroes, as they truly show how family can play a huge role in someone's life.