Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Ohio State.
The seventh-seeded Spartans will meet second-seeded OSU in a best-of-three series.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win over Penn State.
MSU will honor its seniors prior to Saturday's game.
The Spartans and Wolverines will meet Friday at Munn at 7 p.m.
2017-18 (Freshman): Ranked second in the Big Ten in faceoff winning percentage at .582 (272-195) … Had four points (2g, 2a) in 30 games … Was fourth in faceoff winning percentage among all freshmen nationally that took at least 100 draws … Scored his first career goal in the opening period of the Spartans’ first victory of the year, a 3-2 win over Bowling Green (10/14) … Had a goal in the Spartans’ final game of the season at Ohio State (3/3) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals … Missed six games with an injury before returning to the lineup in a win at Wisconsin (1/12) ... Assisted on Brennan Sanford’s goal at Penn State (11/24) ... Had an assist in a 6-3 win at Ohio State (2/3).
Prior to MSU: Played his second USHL season with the Youngstown Phantoms in 2016-17, recording 20 points (4g, 16a) in 58 regular-season games, while adding a goal in five playoff contests ... Made his USHL debut with the Fargo Force in 2015-16 and played 14 games with the club before being dealt to Youngstown where he had 15 points (4g, 11a) in 38 games ... Put up 39 points (13g, 26a) in 57 regular-season games with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL in 2014-15 and then added three goals and three assists in six playoff games ... Played three seasons (2011-14) for University of Detroit Jesuit High School earning All-State honors each year ... His best year came in 2013-14 where he had 63 points (14g, 49a) in 29 games. Personal: Born Feb. 27, 1996 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ... Son of Paul and Maureen ... Father is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State ... Lists Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite player because "he plays both ends of the ice" ... Was a two-time All-State honoree in lacrosse ... Parents are his biggest hockey influences as they built a rink in their backyard each winter ... Has two younger siblings, Teddy and Ellie.