Neil Koepke previews the home-opening series vs. LSSU.
1998-99: Appeared in all 42 games and finished with 9-5--14 His nine goals were good for sixth on the team, while his 14 points placed him in a tie for ninth Had 12 points in CCHA games, seventh-best on the team Nearly half (four) of his goals came on the power play while a pair were game winners Had a four-game goal-scoring stretch from 1/2-1/9, matching the longest goal-scoring stretch of the season by any Spartan First goal of the year was the game winner against Massachusetts (10/17) Scored the game-winning goal in the championship game of the GLI against Michigan Goal came on the power play at 11:41 of the first period and stood up in the 3-1 win Had a career-best three-point night against Miami (1/8) and a two-point game against Michigan (1/29) Earned Academic All-Big Ten status.
1997-98: Played in 43 of 44 games, finishing third among Spartan freshmen with 4-9--13 Had an impressive +14 plus/minus rating Skated as the LW on the all-freshman line prior to Jon Gaskins' injury From that point on, he took Gaskins' place alongside Sean Berens Recorded his first career goal vs. Notre Dame (10/31) Had season-high two points vs. BGSU (11/22) and Lake Superior (2/27) Put together a three-game point-scoring streak when he registered 2-2--4 (2/21-2/28).
PRIOR TO MSU: A native of Brighton, he spent 1996-97 playing junior hockey with the St. Michaels Buzzers of the Provincial Junior `A' Hockey League Totaled 21-25--46 in 50 games for the Buzzers, earning the team's Unsung Hero award A key penalty killer, he led the team in short-handed goals Spent 1995-96 with the Detroit Freeze (NAHL), where he posted 14-30--44 in 43 games Lettered for four years at Brighton High School, where he was the captain his senior season and totaled 28-23--51 in 26 games in 1994-95 Had played goaltender until his junior season in high school, when he split time between the pipes (20 games) and as a forward (six) Ferris State goaltender Mike Szkodzinski was a high school teammate Whitten was the team MVP and an all-state selection as a senior, after earning second-team all-league as a goalie in 1991-92 Also played for the Michigan Selects.
PERSONAL: Born April 5, 1977 A communication major An honor roll student at Brighton High Enjoys reading and weightlifting His biggest hockey influence is Quent Riha, whose goaltending school he attended for 10 years Now has summer job as a manager at the school Cousin, Adam Burt, plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL Son of Terry Whitten and Sharon and Paul Moggach.
YEAR GP G A PTS PEN/MIN 1997-98 43 4 9 13 23/57 1998-99 42 9 5 14 30/84 1999-2000 39 10 14 24 30/74
TOTALS 124 23 28 51 83/215