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Matt Schepke
Matt Schepke

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Warren, Mich.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195

Position:
Forward

Previous Team:
Omaha Lancers (USHL)


Skilled forward who shoots the puck as well as any other player ... Can play at center or on the left wing, and will see time on the power play.

2007-08 (Junior): Enjoyed a breakout season statistically ... Recorded a pair of goals and an assist in the home opener against Colgate (10/19), netting the first Spartan goal of the season 8:35 into the game and adding the game-winner 1:42 into the second period ... Scored a goal against Northern Michigan (10/26) ... Added a one-goal, one-assist performance against Mercyhurst (11/9) to push his season points past his sophomore-year total just eight games into the season ... Assisted on Tim Crowder's first goal of the season in the Mercyhurst series finale (11/10) ... Tallied a power-play goal - MSU's only extra-man tally of the series - against Miami (11/16) ... Recorded his second two-goal game against Wisconsin with a power-play goal late in the first and an even-strength tally in the third (11/24) ... Had a four-point weekend in Lake Superior State series with three assists on Bryan Lerg's goals and one assist on Nick Sucharski's goal (11/30-12/1) ... Extended point streak to four games with the primary assist on Sucharski's second-period goal against Ferris State (12/7) ... Had a pair of assists in losing effort against Providence (12/29) in consolation game at the Great Lakes Invitational ... Earned his first career four-point game in opening contest of the second Lake Superior State series (1/4-5); scored a first-period power-play goal and assisted on three others ... Tallied MSU's first goal in 3-1 victory over Notre Dame (1/11) ... Had a two-point weekend at Ohio State; potted the power-play game-winning goal in game two (1/19) - his 10th goal of the season; previously recorded an assist on Crowder's game winner in game one (1/18) at OSU ... Returned to the linup after missing action in the Michigan series with a goal in the second period of the opening contest in the Bowling Green series (2/29), to finish the regular season with 11 goals.

2006-07 (Sophomore): Appeared in 23 games in his first season in East Lansing, including all four NCAA Tournament games ... Added a physical presence on the third line, which proved to be crucial down the stretch ... Notched his first point as a Spartan with an assist against Sacred Heart (10/28) ... Scored his first goal for the Green and White in his next game, a 7-4 home win over Michigan (11/3) ... Played in the second game against Nebraska-Omaha in the CCHA quarterfinal series (3/10), skating with Chris Mueller and Jay Sprague on the third line ... Appeared in both games of the CCHA Championship weekend, netting his third career goal in the final frame of regulation against Lake Superior (3/17) ... Appeared on a line with Nick Sucharski and Sprague in both games of the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Assisted on Sucharski's game-winning goal at 5:11 of the third period against Maine in the Frozen Four semifinal (4/5) ... Arguably played his most complete game of the season against Boston College in the National Championship Game (4/7), providing a much-needed physical presence, in addition to putting three shots on goal.

PRIOR TO MSU: Spent the 2005-06 season with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, tallying 37-19-56 and 98 penalty minutes in 60 games ... Led the USHL in goals, game-winning goals (11) and power- play goals (15). Was also fourth in shorthanded markers (4) and eighth in the league in points ... Led the Lancers in goals and points and also set a franchise record for game-winning goals in a season with 11 ... Played the final 31 games of the 2004-05 season with Omaha, tallying 2-2-4 points after starting the season with Michigan Tech University ... Teammate of Jeff Lerg and Ryan Turek in Omaha ... Played for the Texarkana Bandits of the North American Hockey League in 2003-04, posting 28-16-44 totals ... Graduated from Center Line High School in 2003.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 3, 1985 in Detroit, Mich. ... Interdisciplinary studies/human resource management major ... Son of Anthony and Donna Schepke ... Has a younger sister (Toni Marie) and brother (Paul) ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings .... Favorite NHL player: Steve Yzerman ... Lists his father as his biggest hockey influence, "He was my biggest critic when I was growing up, as well as my biggest fan. He taught me a lot about life, hockey, and how they are related" ... Enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, and video games in his free time.

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CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
SHG
GWG
+/-
PEN-MIN
2006-07
23
3
2
5
1
0
0
-2
7/14
2007-08
37
11
14
25
6
0
2
+6
15/41
TOTALS
60
14
16
30
7
0
2
+4
22/55