Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
2006-07 (Senior): A speedy, quick defenseman who added that dimension to the Spartan defensive corps in his four years in East Lansing ... Took home the Spartan Fitness Award at the team awards banquet on March 19 ... Saw his first action of the season against Ferris State (11/7) ... Tallied his first point of the season, an assist, on a Chris Mueller goal against Ohio State (12/1)... Tied a career high with two assists against Alaska (1/13). This included a helper on Tyler Howells' game-winning goal ... Assisted on Jim McKenzie's goal in a 4-0 rout of Lake Superior State (1/20) ... Had a helper on Justin Abdelkader's first goal of the game in a 3-3 tie with Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/10) ... Tallied his first goal of the season - a game winner - in addition to assisting on another en route to first star honors in a 5-3 victory at Bowling Green (2/23) which secured the Spartans a first-round bye in the CCHA Tournament ... Assisted on Chris Mueller's power play tally in the second game against Nebraska-Omaha in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament (3/10) ... Played in both games at the CCHA Championships, and helped man the point on the power play that went 2-for-4 against Lake Superior (3/17) ... Had the primary assist - a point shot - on Chris Mueller's power play goal against Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final (3/24) ... Tallied the game-tying goal - his second of the season - at the 16:32 mark of the second period against Maine in the Frozen Four semifinal (4/5).
2005-06 (Junior): Played in 30 games, with one goal and five assists for six points ... Appeared in his first series of the season against Northern Michigan (11/4) after sitting out early games with an injury ... Collected an assist, his first point of the season, on Chris Lawrence's power-play tally in the third period against Northern (11/4) ... Skated as a forward in MSU's 3-0 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (12/10), and collected an assist on Bryan Lerg's power-play goal in the second period ... Scored his first goal of the season on the power play at 14:33 of the first period in Michigan State's 3-1 win over Miami (2/17) ... Assisted on Bryan Lerg's second-period power-play tally in a 3-2 victory at Lake Superior State (2/23) ...Collected an assist on both Michigan State goals in the Spartans' 2-2 tie with Lake Superior State (2/25) ... Skated in his 100th career game in a 6-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks in the CCHA Quarterfinals (3/11)
2004-05 (Sophomore): Played in 40 games with 1-9--10 totals ... Drew an assist on State's second goal at NMU (10/22) ... Picked up an assist on State's second goal in 5-4 loss to Michigan (11/20) ... Picked up a goal and an assist in 6-4 win at Bowling Green (12/4) for his first multiple-point game of the season ... Drew an assist on State's lone goal in 4-1 loss at Miami (1/8) ... Registered an assist on State's seventh goal in 8-0 win over Lake Superior State (1/21) ... Set up MSU's game-tying goal in 1-1 OT tie vs. Michigan at Joe Louis (2/5) ... Picked up an assist on State's fifth goal in 6-5 OT loss at Alaska Fairbanks (2/11) ... Picked up an assist on State's fifth goal in 6-3 win over No. 7 Ohio State (2/18) ... Drew an assist on State's fifth goal in 6-3 win over Bowling Green (2/26).
2003-04 (Freshman): Posted 3-13--16 totals in 35 games ... First career game vs. Findlay (10/10) ... Missed 10/11 game vs. UMD and two-game sets vs. Ohio State (10/17-18) and Western Michigan (10/24-25) with a shoulder injury ... Tallied a goal and a pair of assists in 8-0 win over Ferris State (10/31) ... Assisted on MSU's second goal in 3-3 OT draw vs. ND (11/8) ... Missed 11/21 game with shoulder injury ... Earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors after his three-point performance at the Great Lakes Invitational ... Tallied a goal and an assist in GLI semifinal win over Michigan Tech (12/27) ... Scored MSU's second goal in 4-3 loss to Boston College in GLI title game (12/28) ... Drew an assist on MSU's second goal in 2-0 blanking of UMass-Lowell (1/9) ... Set up Ash Goldie's first goal in 3-2 loss at Bowling Green (1/17) ... Set up MSU's lone goal in 2-1 loss to Miami (1/30) ... Picked up assist on MSU's second goal in 4-4 overtime tie with Michigan (3/5) ... Equaled season-best with two assists vs. Ferris State (3/12).
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent four years (1999-2003) with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League ... 2002-03 Team co-captain ... USHL All-Star Team ... Registered 8-16--24 totals in 60 games in 2002-03 ... Posted 9-20--29 totals in 61 games in 2001-02 ... Ranked among the top 10 in scoring for defensemen in 2001-02 and 2002-03 ... Holds the Cedar Rapids franchise record for most career games played ... Is the only player in Rough Riders history to play for the team in each of its first four seasons in Cedar Rapids ... Teammate of current Spartan forward/defenseman Tyler Howells at Cedar Rapids ... Member of the 1999 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that won a silver medal at the Four Nations Cup in Prague, Czech Republic ... Started playing junior hockey when he was 14-years-old.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 4, 1982 ... Human resources major ... Graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa ... Favorite NHL Team: Colorado Avalanche ... Favorite NHL Player: Brian Rafalski ... Son of Steve and Kerrie Snavely ... Says his father is his biggest hockey influences "because he was always there to support me and get up at 4 a.m. to take me to the ice rinks."
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2003-04 35 3 13 16 1 0 0 +11 4/8 2004-05 40 1 9 10 0 0 0 -1 9/18 2005-06 30 1 5 6 1 0 0 +4 8/16 2006-07 27 2 9 11 0 0 1 +6 9/26 TOTALS 132 7 36 43 2 0 1 +20 30/68