Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win over Penn State.
Neil Koepke highlights the career of Carson Gatt ahead of this weekend's final home series.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's series vs. Michigan.
2017-18 (Sophomore): Recorded nine points (6g, 3a) in appearing in all 36 games ... Had two goals in a 6-4 win over Western Michigan (10/20) ... Scored (10/27) and assist (10/28), respectively, in a sweep of LSSU ... Scored a goal in the Spartans' next game at Minnesota (11/3) to extend his point streak to three games ... Scored twice, including once on the power play, vs. Ohio State (1/6) and had an assist the previous night ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Recipient of the inaugural Stephen Swistak Memorial Scholarship at the annual team banquet.
2016-17 (Freshman): Ranked second on the team with 10 goals, while his 18 points tied for third ... Nine of his goals came over the final 15 games of the season ... Had points in four of the last five games of the year, recording four goals and one assist over the span ... Six of his goals came on the power play, second only to Mason Appleton for most on the team ... Had four multi-point games including a pair of two-goal games ... Had three goals in a split at Ohio State, March 3-4, including two in game two ... Scored twice, including the tying goal with 4:58 to play in the third period, in a 4-4 tie vs. Michigan at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 10 ... His first-period power-play goal stood as the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win at Michigan on Jan. 20 ... Had his second two-assist game of the season against Michigan on Jan. 21, helping set up both goals in 2-2 tie ... Had an assist vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 3, pushing his point streak to a season-long four games ... Assisted on Mason Appleton's power-play goal vs. Michigan in the GLI on Dec. 30 ... Had two assists in the Spartans' 4-3 win at No. 5 North Dakota on Nov. 25 ... Scored his first collegiate goal 1:27 into the first period in a 4-3 win at Ferris State on Nov. 12 ... Recorded his first-collegiate point with an assist on Taro Hirose's goal vs. Michigan Tech on Nov. 5 ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener on Oct. 14 at LSSU.
Prior to MSU: Ranked 10th in the USHL in goals with 29 and 14th in points with 52, both of which led the Green Bay Gamblers in 2015-16 ... Led the USHL with 16 power-play goals ... Had a team-high five-game point streak during the 2015-16 campaign, over which he scored six goals and added two assists ... Voted team captain and offensive player of the year in 2015-16 ... Totaled 33 points in his second USHL season in 2014-15, splitting time between Green Bay and the Sioux City Musketeers after being traded mid-season ... Made his USHL debut in 2013-14, posting 11 points (3g, 8a) in 30 games for Sioux City ... Captained his Chicago Mission U18 team in 2013-14 and finished as more than a point-per-game player ... Also played youth hockey for Lake Forest Academy, CYA Bantam Major AAA, and Team Illinois.
Personal: Born Oct. 9, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois ... Son of Joe and Gail ... Graduated from Stevenson High School where he was on the honor roll all four years ... Lists the Chicago Blackhawks as his favorite NHL team and Jonathan Towes as his favorite player because of his leadership ... Lists his father as his biggest hockey influence.