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.
KHL line combines for seven points in the victory.
MSU will honor its seniors prior to Saturday's game.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 6-3 win over OSU in Columbus.
2017-18 (Freshman): Tied for second among Spartan rookies and was second among MSU defensemen with 10 points (10a) … Led all Big Ten freshmen and was 14th among all players in the league in blocked shots with 78 … Played in all 36 games … Had a career-high three assists vs. Minnesota (1/18) ... Assisted on two goals in a 6-3 win at Ohio State (2/3) ... Got his first collegiate points with helpers in both games of a sweep of LSSU (10/27-28) … Assisted on Carson Gatt’s goal and had a season-high six blocked shots in a 2-2 tie at Penn State (11/25) … Assisted on Brody Stevens’ first-career goal in a win over Penn State (2/16).
Prior to MSU: Recorded 20 points (3g, 17a) in 65 games in his first full season with the US National Team Development Program in 2016-17 ... Helped lead the USA to gold at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Slovakia with two assists and a plus-4 rating in seven games ... Joined the USNTDP during the 2015-16 season, producing a 3-5--8 scoring line in 22 games for the U-17 team ... Part of the USA's 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup team that advanced to the tournament finals, scoring a goal and adding an assist in five games ... Also represented Team USA at the 2015 World Under 17 Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia, scoring a goal and adding three assists in six games ... Played 30 games with Victory Honda in 2015-16 before joining the USNTDP where he had six assists ... Was a member of Victory Honda in 2014-15, producing two goals and six assists in 31 games ... Played bantam hockey for Compuware.
Personal: Born March 6, 1999 in Royal Oak, Michigan ... Son of Laura and Mark, both MSU graduates ... Graduated from Walled Lake Western High School where he played varsity golf as a freshman and sophomore ... Favorite player is Sergei Fedorov ... Lists his sister, Margot, who played hockey at North Dakota from 2008-12, as his biggest hockey influence.