Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
2006-07 (Senior): Recipient of the Blue Line Club President's Award, presented to the top scholar-athlete in the senior class ... Has worked hard to earn his time in the lineup ... Appeared in 22 games, doubling his career appearances from his first three seasons combined ... Scored two goals and added four assists for six points in his senior season, bettering his previous career totals of 1-2-3 twofold ...Had an assist in each of the first two games he played this season - a 5-3 win against St. Lawrence (10/27) , and in a 6-0 victory at Ferris State (11/10) ... The two assists in the first two games of the season matched his career total in his first three years for the Spartans ... Scored his first goal of the year on the power play at Northern Michigan (12/9) in a 3-2 victory, then followed that up with an assist on Dan Sturges' first goal of the season in a 5-2 win over Harvard (12/29) for points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career ... Topped his 22-game career totals from 2003-06 in just 10 games this season ... Tallied the second of two Spartan goals in a 5-2 loss at Miami (1/5) ... Doubled his point output from his first three years at Michigan State by registering his sixth point this season, an assist, against Alaska (1/12) ... Played on a line with Matt Schepke and Chris Mueller in the CCHA consolation game win against Lake Superior (3/17).
2005-06 (Junior): Appeared in eight games, missing most of the second half of the season with illness ... Scored his first collegiate goal, the eventual game-winner, at Cornell (10/29).
2004-05 (Sophomore): Played in three games with one assist ... Made first appearance since 2/14, 2004 in MSU's 5-1 win over New Hampshire (10/17) ... Drew an assist on State's third goal vs. UNH ... Saw action in MSU's 2-1 loss to Bowling Green (12/3) ... Played at Western Michigan (1/14).
2003-04 (Freshman): Appeared in 11 games with one assist ... Made first appearance of season vs. Western Michigan (10/24) ... Played in two-game set vs. Wayne State (11/20-21) ... Saw action in both the Michigan Tech and Boston College games at the Great Lakes Invitational (12/27-28) ... Was a +3 in MSU's 7-2 win over MTU ... Played in both games of the Northern Michigan series (1/2-3) and finished with a +2 rating ... Picked up first career point with an assist at Lake Superior State (2/5) ... Saw action in both games at Alaska Fairbanks (2/13-14).
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two years (2001-03) with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League ... Team was the Junior "A" National Champions in 2003 and Junior "A" National Finalists in 2002 ... Registered 7-16--23 totals and 102 penalty minutes in 52 games in 2002-03 ... Won the Team's Most Coachable Award ... Posted 4-2--6 totals in 45 games in 2001-02 ... Teammate of current Spartan captain Chris Lawrence in Pittsburgh ... Spent the 2000-01 season with Dubuque of the United States Hockey League ... Member of the North American Silver Sticks Midget AAA All-Star Team ... Member of the U.S. Under-16 and Under-17 Mid-American Regional Select Teams ... Played for the Ft. Wayne Komets (Midget AAA) in 2000-01 where he totaled 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) and 182 penalty minutes in 59 games ... Became just the second player from the state of Indiana to play in the Spartan program, joining All-American defenseman John-Michael Liles (1998-2002).
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 4, 1983 ... Kinesiology major ... Enjoys wakeboarding, motorcross racing, cars, skiing and golf ... Graduated from Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Earned four letters in soccer and one in hockey at Carroll ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Rob Blake ... Says Rob Blake is his hero because "he is a very sound offensive defenseman who makes very few mistakes and is very physical. Plus, he is where I want to be someday" ... Son of Rick and Laurie Warner ... Says his dad is his biggest hockey influence because "he is the one who, when I was younger, pushed me to be better and made me go to hockey camps (that I didn't want to go to) that helped me in the long run. I couldn't have done it without him."
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- -MIN
2003-04 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 +4 4/8
2004-05 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 +1 1/2
2005-06 8 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 7/14
2006-07 23 2 4 6 1 0 0 +3 7/14
TOTALS 45 3 6 9 1 0 1 +8 19/38