Neil Koepke previews Friday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
MSU season comes to a final horn
Spartans prepare for CCHA Quarterfinals in Oxford, Ohio
MSU heads to Oxford, Ohio for CCHA Quarterfinals
Sorenson nets lone score in loss
2011-12 (Sophomore): Concluded the regular season with a save percentage of .927 and a GAA of 2.32 ... Tallied 13 wins on the season (13-8-1) ... Opened the year with a 3-2 overtime victory against Air Force in the Ice Breaker Tournament, making 26 stops ... Made 29 saves in a tough 5-4 loss at Lake Superior (10/14) ... Saved 21 shots against Robert Morris in a 5-2 win (10/28) ... Honored as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week on Nov. 14 for stopping 66 of 70 shots in MSU's sweep of Western Michigan. Made 38 saves against the Broncos in a 3-2 game one win (11/11), then made 28 saves in the Spartans' 4-2 victory on Saturday (11/12) ... Stopped 53 of 57 shots in a series split on the road at Northern Michigan (11/18-11/19). Recorded 53 saves on 57 shots against the Wildcats ... Challenged to make just 20 saves in MSU's 5-1 win over Bowling Green, the fewest he made in a game this season (12/3) ... Made 28 saves in a tough 4-3 loss at Yost against Michigan, a game in whoch the Spartans twice rallied from two-goal deficits ... Recorded 40 saves in MSU's 4-0 loss to Miami at home (1/7) ... Made a career-high 45 saves against Lake Superior State in MSU's 4-2 victory (1/21) ... Saved 74 of 79 shots in MSU's road sweep of Ohio State (2/3-4) making 41 saves in the 6-3 win and another 33 in a tight 3-2 victory the next evening ... Earned the start against Michigan in February at Munn, making 28 saves in MSU's 3-2 victory over the Wolverines (2/10), then had 32 saves in a heartbreaking overtime loss to UM in the annual game against the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena (2/11) ... Picked up a 3-2 overtime victory against Alaska in game one of the series, registering 25 saves (2/17) ... Made 30 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Irish (2/24) a night before he had 27 saves in MSU's 4-2 victory at Notre Dame in the regular-season finale (2/25) ... Made 21 saves in 40 minutes at Miami in game one of the CCHA quarterfinal series before making way for Drew Palmisano in the third period.
Summer 2011: Selected to participate in the US World Juniors Evaluation Camp, but had to bow out early due to injury.
2010-11 (Freshman): Named the team's Outstanding Rookie at the annual team banquet at the end of the season ... Recorded his first collegiate start at Notre Dame (11/20)... Allowed three goals while stopping 19 shots including a penalty shot against the Fighting Irish in a tough 4-2 loss (11/20)... Stopped 12 out of 13 shots in his first collegiate action, against Notre Dame (11/19) ... Came into the Great Lakes Invitational semifinal game in relief, playing 28 minutes, making eight saves ... Got his first career collegiate victory against Michigan Tech, stopping 22 shots in a 5-3 victory ... Earned back-to-back wins for the first time with a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over Michigan in his first home start, a career-best 37-save performance ... Earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week honors for his first career shutout with 27 saves at Lake Superior (1/14), and made 34 in a 2-2 deadlock the next night ... Made 34 saves and stopped a Kevin Lynch penalty-shot attempt in a 2-1 victory over Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (1/29) ... Had a 32-save shutout at Ohio State (2/4), preserving a 1-0 lead until the final 62 seconds, when MSU came up with an empty-netter to win 2-0 ... Made 35 saves and allowed three goals in a tough 4-2 loss against the Buckeyes (2/5) ... Stopped 22 shots in a 4-2 loss to Northern Michigan (2/11) to lose back-to-back starts for the first time in his career ... Made 28 saves in a 4-1 loss at Alaska in a third straight loss ... Made 16 saves in a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green (2/25) ... Made 30 saves in a double-overtime loss to Alaska in the CCHA First Round game two (3/5).
Prior to MSU: Had his 2009-10 season shortened by injury, and was also the subject of a mid-season USHL trade from Sioux City to the Waterloo Blackhawks. In his 10 games in Waterloo, he posted a 5-5-0 record and 3.41 GAA for the Blackhawks, who finished fourth in the East Division ... Played in 2008-09 for the US National Team Development Program U-17 team in Ann Arbor, playing in 17 games with a 2.10 GAA and .916 save percentage ... Played the 2007-08 season with Detroit Honeybaked, and the season prior to that with Victory Honda.
Personal: Born April 30, 1992 in Jackson, Mich. ... Son of Rosemary and David Yanakeff ... Has an older sister, Caitlin, who attends Eastern Michigan ... A graduate of Addison High School ... Detroit Red Wings are his favorite team ... Favorite NHL player is former MSU standout and current Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller. .. Considers his parents his heroes, because "they have sacrificed so much for me and my hockey career."