Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
MSU outshot the U18 team, 39-16.
Neil Koepke previews Sunday's exhibition game against the USNTDP U-18 team.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win over North Dakota.
Neil Koepke highlights Villiam Haag as he previews the Spartans' trip to North Dakota.
2015-16 (Junior): Put up a career-high 15 points (7g, 8a) in 31 games ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (3.7 + GPA) and Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Had a career-best three points (2g, 1a) in a 5-0 win over Minnesota (3/5) ... Had assists in both games of a sweep at Wisconsin (2/19-20) ... Scored in consecutive games at Michigan (1/9) and Minnesota (1/15) ... Scored his first goal of the season on the power play and added an assist in a 5-0 win over UNH (11/6) and picked up another power-play goal the following night in a 7-4 win. ... Missed the first two games of the season with an injury.
2014-15 (Sophomore): Had 10 points (5g, 5a) in 35 games ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Scored the first goal of the game in a 2-1 win over Michigan (1/30) ... Had goals in consecutive games at Penn State (1/16-17) and added an assist in game two for a three-point weekend ... Scored a goal Nov. 20 at Ohio State ... Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over Ferris State (11/1) ... Notched an assist in a 3-0 win over Penn State (2/13).
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.