Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's regular-season finale.
Notes, quote and analysis from Neil Koepke on the Spartans' 4-1 win at Yost.
Freshman John Lethemon picks up his first-career win with a 23-save performance.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
MSU outshot the U18 team, 39-16.
2015-16 (Freshman): Voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman team as he led all Spartan defensemen and ranked second among Big Ten rookie blueliners with 19 points (6g, 13a) ... His six goals were the most by a MSU freshman defenseman since 2003-04 ... Became the first MSU freshman to score twice in his collegiate debut since 2009 when he found the back of the net twice in the season-opener vs. Maine (10/9) ... His second goal in the game came with 1:09 to play in the third, tying the game, 3-3, as he earned Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors ... Picked up assists in consecutive games vs. UNH (11/7) and Boston College (11/13) and then scored a goal and assist vs. Michigan Tech (11/21) and added an assist the following day (11/22) to compile a season-long four-game point streak ... Scored a power-play goal at Penn State (12/5) ... Recorded his third multi-point game of the year with two assists in a win over Wisconsin (12/11) ... Scored his sixth goal of the season in a win at Wisconsin (2/19) and added an assist the following night to help MSU sweep UW ... Had helpers in back-to-back games vs. Minnesota (3/5) and Ohio State (3/11).
Prior to MSU: Had eight goals and eight assists in 54 games with the Chicago Steel of the USHL in 2014-15 ... Participated in the 2014 USA Hockey Select 17 development camp ... Was plus-4 in four games for the USHL Clark Cup Champion Indiana Ice in 2013-14, but played a majority of the season with Victory Honda's U18 team where he had 26 points (15g, 11a) in 34 contests ... Played for Team USA at the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Trnava, Slovakia, producing one goal and two assists in four games ... Product of Honeybaked Hockey where he played prior to juniors.
Personal: Born Feb. 7, 1997 in Plymouth, Michigan ... Son of Rick and Carrie ... Sister, Katie, played softball at Miami University and is married to Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox ... Has another sister, Chelsea ... Father, Rick, played hockey at UM Dearborn, including one year under Tom Anastos ... Graduated from Wheaton North High School ... Likes boating, wakeboarding and skiing ... Favorite NHL team is the Boston Bruins and favorite player is Torey Krug because "he is a small offensive defenseman that can put up points" ... Lists his father as his biggest hockey influence and hero.