Neil Koepke previews Sunday's game with Clarkson in his weekly notebook.
News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's tie and shootout win vs. Minnesota.
Brent Darnell scored a pair of goals in the tie.
Neil Koepke previews the weekend series vs. Minnesota.
Jake Hildebrand stops 34 shots in the win.
2013-14 (Freshman): Led all MSU freshmen with 13 points (8g, 5a), appearing in all but one game ... Scored his first career goal in a 5-4 win vs. AIC (11/1) ... Scored goals in three straight games, including scoring twice vs. Princeton (12/1), producing a goal and an assist in a tie with Minnesota (12/6) and a power-play goal the following day vs. the Gophers (12/7) ... Had a power-play goal and an assist in a 4-3 win vs. Wisconsin (3/15) and then another goal the following night vs. the Badgers ... Scored a goal in a tie at Minnesota (1/31) ... Five of his eight goals were against ranked opponents.
Prior to MSU: Completed his second season (2012-13) with Vastra Frolunda HC in the Swedish junior league ... Played 11 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) during the 2012-13 season, scoring two goals and adding five assists in that stint ... For J20 Frolunda, compiled a 29-17-46 scoring line in 41 games and was a +23 ... His 29 goals led the J20 SuperElit League, and 46 points was ninth overall ... Ranked 13th in the league in +/- ... Ranked 16th among players in points per game (1.12), with a minimum of 20 games played ... Junior European Trophy Champion in 2010-11 ... Won SM gold medals in J18 and J20 in the same season ... Won a J18 SM bronze medal in 2009-10.
Personal: Born Nov. 25, 1993 in Gothenburg, Sweden ... Son of Orjan and Hildegard ... Has four siblings; David, Joakim, Isaac and Annamaria ... Favorite NHL team is the Chicago Blackhawks and favorite player is Kris Versteeg ... His family, specifically his brothers, are his biggest hockey influences ... Enjoys music and played piano for 12 years.