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Neil's Notebook: Summer Break, New Faces and Looking Ahead to Fall
The 2018-19 college hockey season is still two-and-a-half months away but Michigan State players are already busy preparing for Season 2 of the Danton Cole era.

2018 Distinguished Spartan Award Winner: Jim Slater
The pinnacle of Jim Slater’s hockey career was playing for the United States Olympic Team in in South Korea two months ago.

Neil's Notebook: Spartans Bounced From Tournament in OT Loss
Faced with Big Ten playoff elimination and the end to its season, Michigan State scratched, clawed and battled hard on Saturday in an attempt to stay alive and play another game on Sunday.

Complete Archives

07/25/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Summer Break, New Faces and Looking Ahead to Fall
04/16/2018 - 2018 Distinguished Spartan Award Winner: Jim Slater
03/04/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Bounced From Tournament in OT Loss
03/03/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Game One Slips Away From Spartans in the Third Period
03/01/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Seek to Carry Momentum into B1G Tournament
02/25/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Rosburg Leads Spartans in Win at No. 5 Notre Dame
02/22/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Looking to Finish Regular Season Strong at Notre Dame
02/18/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans’ Third Period Push Not Quite Enough
02/17/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Lewandowski and Linemates Help Spartans Topple No. 16 Penn State
02/15/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Gatt’s Development and Leadership Serves Spartans Well
02/11/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Edged, 3-2, as Rally Comes Up Short
02/10/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Tie U-M on Friday; Turn Focus to Rematch in Detroit
02/08/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Intensity Makes Rivalry One of the Best
02/04/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Use Balanced Attack to Top No. 5 OSU
02/01/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Begin Final Month of the Regular Season at OSU
01/21/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Show Grit, Toughness in 2-1 Loss
01/19/2018 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Edged by Minnesota in Bizarre Game
01/17/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Looking Forward to Facing Minnesota and Trip to MSG
01/14/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Come Home From Wisconsin With Series Split
01/13/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Solid Defensively in 2-0 Shutout at Wisconsin
01/11/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Young Spartans in Search of Consistency in Second Half of B1G Play
01/07/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Can’t Solve Buckeyes in Series Finale
01/06/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Look to Rematch With No. 8 Buckeyes on Saturday
01/03/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Start Strong, But Can’t Hang On in Loss
01/02/2018 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Come Up Short in GLI Semifinal Loss
12/30/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: New Year, New Era for the GLI
12/17/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: USNTDP Alums Lead Spartans to Win Over Former Team
12/15/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: DeRidder Excited to Face Future Teammates
12/09/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Convincing in 5-0 Shutout of Michigan
12/08/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Looking to Rebound on Friday
12/06/2017 - Neil's Notebook: New Chapter in Rivalry Begins Thursday
12/03/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Despite Loss, Spartans See Plenty of Positives
12/02/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Stifled in Loss
11/30/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Ready to Resume Rivalry With Notre Dame
11/25/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Winning Streak Stopped at Penn State
11/23/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Carson Gatt Providing Spartans Key Leadership and Production
11/19/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Physical, Impressive in Completing Sweep of Ferris State
11/18/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Use OT to Knock Off Ferris State
11/16/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Confident Cody Milan Flourishing
11/12/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Lethemon, Top Line Deliver in 2-0 Shutout of No. 7 Wisconsin
11/09/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans to Test Unblemished Home Record Against No. 7 Wisconsin
11/05/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Drop Opening Series at No. 5 Minnesota
11/02/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Off to a Strong Start, Spartans Now Ready for B1G Play to Begin
10/28/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Win Another Close One at Munn
10/22/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Settle For Split With WMU
10/21/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Win a Wild One
10/19/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Young Trio Demonstrating Offensive Chemistry
10/15/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Hirose’s Late Goal Gives Spartans First Win of the Season
10/14/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Early Deficit Too Much For Spartans
10/12/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: New Era of Spartan Hockey Begins Friday
10/08/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Lewandowski, Spartans Sharp in Exhibition Win
10/05/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Cole Sees Plenty of Positives in Green-White Game
09/28/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Cole, Spartans Eager to Get Going
06/22/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Tommy Miller Looking Forward to Busy Summer Ahead
04/12/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Cole Back Home With His Dream Job
03/17/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Doomed by OSU’s Three-Goal Third Period
03/15/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans & Buckeyes Square Off Thursday at the Joe
03/12/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Cap Regular Season With Tie, Shootout Win at No. 5 Minnesota
03/11/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Gophers Skate Past Spartans
03/09/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Face Another Challenge in No. 5 Minnesota
03/05/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Fall Short in Bid for Sweep
03/04/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Fast Start and Solid Game Leads to Road Victory at No. 13 OSU
03/02/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Back on the Road With Trip to OSU
02/26/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Falter on Senior Night
02/25/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Opportunity Eludes Spartans in Loss to Penn State
02/23/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Face High-Scoring Penn State in Home Finale
02/19/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Late Push Falls Short in Loss to OSU
02/18/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Buckeyes Hold On For Win in Opener
02/12/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Dominant in Another Victory at Michigan
02/11/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Last Regular-Season Game at the Joe Ends in a Deadlock
02/09/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Rivals Face Off in Final Regular-Season Meeting at the Joe
02/05/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Back-and-Forth Battle Ends in OT Loss
02/04/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Turnovers Too Much to Overcome in Loss
01/22/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Battle Back to Tie Wolverines
01/21/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Minney and Seniors Deliver 3-0 Victory at Michigan
01/19/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Turn Focus to Rival Wolverines
01/15/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Solid Effort Turns into Tough Defeat
01/12/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Looking for Turnaround at Penn State
01/07/2017 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Aim for Series Split After Loss on Friday
01/05/2017 - Neil’s Notebook: Appleton Leads Spartans in Trip to Wisconsin
12/31/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Inspiring Comeback Ends in OT Loss
12/30/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: GLI Semifinal Loss Sets Up Meeting With Michigan
12/28/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Final GLI at The Joe Awaits Spartans
12/08/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Haag Looks to Continue Success Against Minnesota
12/05/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans in Control in 5-1 Exhibition Win
12/02/2016 - Neil's Notebook: USNTDP U-18 Team to Test Spartans in Exhibition Game on Sunday
11/27/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Get Hard-Earned Tie at No. 5 North Dakota
11/26/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Deliver Huge Road Victory at No. 5 North Dakota
11/24/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Early Success Provides Confidence for Haag
11/13/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Resilient in Come-From-Behind Road Win
11/11/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Special Teams The Difference in Thursday’s Loss
11/09/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans and Bulldogs Ready To Tangle
11/06/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Will Learn From Saturday’s Loss
11/05/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: OT Finally Goes Spartans’ Way vs. Michigan Tech
11/03/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Competitive Appleton Striving to Continue Production
10/29/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Night of Firsts for Spartans in Win Over Princeton
10/27/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Offense the Focus as Spartans Host Princeton
10/20/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Rosburg Happy to be Back
03/18/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: OT Goal Ends Spartans’ Season
03/16/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Familiar Foes Square Off in B1G Tourney Quarterfinals
03/06/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Near Perfect in 5-0 Win Over No. 17 Gophers
03/05/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Come Up Short in Loss to Gophers
03/03/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Reenergized Spartans Host First-Place Minnesota
02/21/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Gutsy Effort Leads to Weekend Sweep of Wisconsin
02/20/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Find a Way to Slip Past Badgers
02/18/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Defensive-Minded Joe Cox Developing Offensive Prowess
02/14/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Bounce Back With Solid Effort in Deadlock with PSU
02/13/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Look to Turn it Around Saturday
02/11/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Ready to Host Nittany Lions
02/07/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Slow Start Costs Spartans in Loss
02/06/2016 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Give Their Best Effort of the Season in OT Win Over U-M
02/04/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Rivalry Weekend Begins With “Duel in the D”
01/28/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Look to Slow Down Buckeyes
01/24/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Ebbing, Minney Help Spartans to Exhibition Victory
01/22/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: USNTDP Alums Looking Forward to Saturday’s Exhibition
01/14/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Road Test at Minnesota Awaits Spartans
01/10/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Come Up Short on Saturday
01/07/2016 - Neil’s Notebook: New Calendar Year, Old Rivalry
12/31/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Close GLI on Sour Note
12/30/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: OT Loss Keeps Spartans From Title Game
12/28/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Seniors Seek GLI Success
12/18/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Excited for Trip to Boston and Matthews Arena
12/13/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Settle For Split With Wisconsin
12/12/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans End Slide With Come-From-Behind Win
12/10/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Get Back on Track This Weekend vs. Wisconsin
12/06/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Fall Short Twice at Penn State
12/05/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Can’t Overcome PSU’s Four-Goal Second Period
12/03/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Meet Penn State to Open Conference Play
11/28/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: No. 5 North Dakota Shuts Down Spartans
11/26/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Welcome Another Tough Test in No. 5 North Dakota
11/23/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Minney Impresses in Debut
11/22/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Late Goals Push Huskies Past Spartans
11/19/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Michigan Tech Makes Rare Visit to Munn
11/12/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Top Goaltenders Meet in Clash at No. 2 Boston College
11/08/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Sanford’s Goal Helps Spartans Sweep UNH
11/07/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans at Their Best in 5-0 Victory
11/05/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Ebbing Key to Spartans’ Offense and Penalty Kill
10/24/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Stenglein Helps Lead Spartans Past Lakers
10/23/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Looking to Bounce Back on Friday
10/21/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Begin Homestand Thursday
10/15/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Rookie Defenseman Provides Spark
10/08/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Walsh, Spartans Looking Forward to Ice Breaker
10/05/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Exhibition Provides First Step for Season Ahead
10/02/2015 - Neil’s Notebook: Spartans Ready To Take The Next Step
03/21/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Bow Out of Big Ten Tournament
03/19/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Excited For B1G Tournament
03/15/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Close Regular Season With Memorable Win
03/14/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Keller's Hat Trick Not Enough
03/08/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Sweep Their Way Into First Place
03/08/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Sweep Their Way Into First Place
03/07/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Hildebrand and Berry Lead the Way in 3-0 Shutout
03/05/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Ready to Face the Badgers in B1G Series
02/25/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Key Series Begins Thursday at Minnesota
02/22/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Skate Past Wisconsin
02/21/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Looking to Rebound on Saturday
02/19/2015 - Neil's Notebook: DeBlouw's Re-Emergence Helps Surging Spartans
02/15/2015 - Neil's Notebook: MacEachern and Cox Lead Spartans to Weekend Sweep
02/14/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Stymie Penn State in 3-0 Win
02/12/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Looking to Climb Big Ten Standings
02/08/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Wolverines Stop Spartans in Hockey City Classic
02/05/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Jacobs Ready for Outdoor Debut
01/31/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Beat Wolverines in 2-1 Thriller
01/29/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Hildebrand Hitting His Stride
01/25/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Boosted By Sweep of OSU
01/24/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Start Weekend in Solid Fashion
01/22/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Expect a Hard-Fought Series This Weekend
01/18/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Unanswered Goals Doom Spartans in Loss at Penn State
01/17/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Hildebrand Sharp in Tie, Shootout Win at PSU
01/15/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Confident Holland a Boost for the Spartans
01/10/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Dominant in Win Over USNTDP U-18s
01/08/2015 - Neil's Notebook: Talented USNTDP U-18 Team Comes to Munn on Friday
12/30/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans' Push for GLI Crown Halted
12/29/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Strong Defensive Effort Leads MSU to GLI Title Game
12/27/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look Forward to 50th GLI
12/15/2014 - Neil's Notebook: A Night of Firsts in Win over Clarkson
12/12/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Seek Consistency in Final Game Before Break
12/07/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Darnell Leads Spartans' Bounce-Back Effort
12/06/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Regroup After Friday's Loss
12/04/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Lineup Shuffling Produces Results For Spartans
11/27/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans in Search of Sweep
11/19/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Eager to Start Big Ten Play at OSU
11/15/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Suffer One-Goal Loss to No. 8 BC
11/06/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Penalty Kill Shines in Early Going
11/02/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Walsh's Goal Sparks Victory
11/01/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Create Chances, But Can't Convert
10/30/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Similarities Abundant For Spartans and Bulldogs Ahead of Weekend Series
10/19/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Fall Short in Bid for Sweep
10/18/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Top Line Delivers in Opener
10/08/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Freshmen Strong Exhibition Game
04/03/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Season Review and Look Forward
03/21/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Season Ends With OT Heartbreak
03/19/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Energized Spartans Ready for Big Ten Tourney
03/16/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Early Deficit Too Much to Overcome
03/15/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Special Teams Push Spartans to Victory
03/13/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Seniors Lead Spartans Into Final Home Weekend
03/09/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Yanakeff Delivers in Comeback Win Over Michigan
03/08/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Out of Sync in Loss
03/02/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Rally, But Come Up Short in Exhibition
02/27/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Face Talented U-18 Squad in Saturday Exhibition
02/13/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look To Break Through on the Road
02/09/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Wolfe, Hildebrand Shine in Second Straight Tie With OSU
02/08/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Late Goals Force Tie
02/06/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Freshmen Making Strides
02/02/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Play Gophers Tough in Hard-Fought Series
02/01/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Push Minnesota; Win Shootout Again
01/30/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Ready to Challenge Top-Ranked Gophers
01/25/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Swept by Michigan
01/24/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Produce Chances, But Fall Short
01/22/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Jake Chelios Continues His Production
01/19/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Sweep Penn State
01/18/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Senior Line Produces in 3-0 Win
01/12/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Better Effort Leads to Tie, Shootout Win
01/11/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Third-Period Goals Doom Spartans
01/09/2014 - Neil's Notebook: Berry Eager to Regain Form as Spartans Head to Columbus
12/29/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Solid Defensive Effort Leads to Win Over Michigan
12/28/2013 - Spartans Enjoy Outdoor Experience, But Come Up Short in Shootout
12/16/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Shut Out in Final Game Before GLI
12/13/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Krygier Consistent on the Blue Line
12/08/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Recapping the Weekend
12/07/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Begin Big Ten Play in Solid Fashion
12/05/2013 - Neil's Notebook: The Big Ten Era Begins
12/02/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Find Chemistry in Weekend Sweep
11/30/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Solid Effort Leads to Win Over Princeton
11/27/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Welcome Ivy League Opponent to Munn
11/24/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Experience Gained in Saturday's Loss
11/23/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Bounce Back Tonight
11/21/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Ferrantino Making His Mark Early in the Season
11/10/2013 - Neil's Notebook: A Closer Look at the MTU Series
11/09/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Bounce Back on Saturday
11/07/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Renew Series with Huskies
11/04/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Yanakeff Delivers in Finale vs. AIC
11/02/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Senior Linemates Step Up In Win
10/31/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Jake Chelios off to a Strong Start
10/26/2013 - Neil's Notebook: MacEachern Nets First Goal in Loss
10/24/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Looking Ahead to This Weekend
10/17/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Goaltending Tandem Leads Spartans Into Opening Weekend
10/10/2013 - Neil's Notebook: A Look at Wednesday's Win
09/26/2013 - Neil's Notebook: MSU Hockey Media Day
08/21/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Pro Camp Adds More Spartan Bonding Moments
03/26/2013 - Danton Cole to Be Honored as Distinguished Spartan
03/19/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Building Blocks In Place As Season Concludes
03/14/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Alaska Series A Shot Of Confidence
03/08/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Second Season Begins
03/04/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Quite the Script for Spartan Seniors
03/01/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Four Years, Gone in a Blink
02/21/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Sorenson Heads
02/18/2013 - Neil's Notebook: 'Satisfying' Win a Springboard for Stretch Run?
02/14/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Freshman MVP?
02/11/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Wolfe Finally Seeing Some Reward
02/07/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Energy, Commitment of Ferrantino Apparent
02/04/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Spartan Struggles are Complex
01/28/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Rivalry Week, With A Twist
01/24/2013 - Neil's Notebook: A Look at What's To Come in B1G
01/14/2013 - Neil's Notebook: 'We're on the Hook Now'
01/04/2013 - Neil's Notebook: Scoring drought plaguing Spartans
12/30/2012 - Third Period Collapse Spells Doom for Spartans
12/28/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Seniors Ready for Final GLI
12/15/2012 - Spartans Halt Skid with 3-1 Win Over Ferris State
12/11/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Mistakes Prove Costly in Recent Games
12/06/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Draeger Keeps it Simple
11/29/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Provide Consistent Offense
11/15/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Maturing Berry Coming Into His Own
11/11/2012 - Record Crowd Watches 7-2 Rout of Michigan
11/10/2012 - MSU Falls at Michigan, 5-1
11/08/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Goaltender Competition a Positive
11/02/2012 - Spartans Fall, 1-0, to Bowling Green
11/01/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Sorenson's Happy, Productive as a Sophomore
10/29/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Taking Stock After the First Month of the Season
10/19/2012 - Three-Goal Rally Propels MSU to Win Over Niagara
10/18/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Captain Greg Wolfe Emerges as Quiet Leader
10/11/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Inexperienced Spartans Face Big Opening Challenges
10/09/2012 - MSU Posts 6-1 Victory in Windsor Exhibition
04/10/2012 - Dwayne Norris Honored as Distinguished Spartan
03/24/2012 - Neil's Notebook: P for Progress
03/19/2012 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Second Season
03/15/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Await NCAA Fate
03/11/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Different Effort, Though Same Result
03/02/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Yanakeff Coming On Strong
02/26/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Operation Rebound
02/23/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Final Weekend Big for Spartans
02/19/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Senior Night Script Has Happy Ending
02/18/2012 - Neil's Notebook: OT Monkey Comes off Spartans' Back
02/16/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Seniors Writing Happy Ending to Challenging Careers
02/13/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Final Games Critical in CCHA Race
02/12/2012 - Neil's Notebook: 'That's Hockey'
02/11/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Captain Krug Rises to the Occasion
02/09/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Excel on the Kill
01/29/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Third Period Is Recent Turning Point
01/26/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Krug's Leadership, Play Impressive
01/26/2012 - Championships Built On Memberships
01/23/2012 - Neil's Notebook: More 'Very Good Teams' Await Spartans
01/22/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Settle for Four Points in LSSU Weekend
01/21/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans' Poise, Resiliency Pays Off
01/19/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Merrifield A Guy Who Makes Spartans Go
01/16/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Competitive CCHA is Tight in Standings
01/14/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Have Good, Bad News From Friday
01/12/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Look to Get Scoring Touch Back
01/07/2012 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at a Tough OT Loss
01/05/2012 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Stress Consistency in Second Half
01/01/2012 - Neil's Notebook: GLI Brings About Fantastic Play, Heartbreak
12/30/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at an 'Ugly Win'
12/28/2011 - Neil's Notebook: GLI Success Important to Krug, Spartans
12/21/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Nill Strives for Impact Beyond MSU Career
12/12/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the First Half
12/11/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Shootout Victory
12/05/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Surging Spartans Making Up Ground
12/04/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Spartans Stay on Task to Sweep
12/01/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Scoring Questions Answered Early
11/27/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Tie With the Gophers
11/26/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A second look at the Friday win over the Gophers
11/24/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Re-igniting A Future Rivalry With Minnesota
11/21/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the NMU Series
11/17/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Shelgren Prepared For, Savoring Senior Season
11/12/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at Yanakeff's Performance
11/10/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Changes Suit Reimer's Game
11/14/2001 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Sweep of Western Michigan
11/07/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Changes Suit Reimer's Gam
11/04/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the First Month of the Season
10/31/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Series Sweep of Robert Morris
10/29/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Win Over RMU
10/27/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Wolfe Developing Into Goal Scorer
10/24/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Home Opener
10/21/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Ohio State shutout
10/17/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at the Laker Series
10/13/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Nill Needs to Think Less, 'Have More Fun' Playing Hockey
10/10/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at Opening Weekend
10/07/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Perlini's Skill, Will Helps Lead Spartans
10/04/2011 - Neil's Notebook: A Second Look at our First Look at the Spartans
09/27/2011 - Neil's Notebook: Hockey Media Day
08/25/2001 - Neil's Notebook: News from Spartan Pro Camp

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About The Author

Neil Koepke

Neil Koepke, one of the longest-tenured and most-respected college hockey journalists in the country, joined the staff of as a hockey writer in 2011. Koepke provides exclusive content to the site weekly throughout the college hockey season, extending his coverage of Spartan hockey well beyond 30 years.

Koepke has covered college hockey for 45 seasons, which included the 25 as the hockey beat writer for the Spartan hockey program in the Lansing State Journal. Prior to joining the LSJ staff, he spent 13 seasons as the University of Michigan beat reporter for the Ann Arbor News and one year as an analyst with Ken Kal, now the voice of the Red Wings, on U-M radio broadcasts on WAAM.

Koepke joined the Lansing State Journal in the fall of 1986, beginning his beat when the Spartans were coming off an NCAA title the previous spring.

Koepke has covered 39 NCAA Frozen Fours, starting in 1977 when Wisconsin defeated Michigan 6-5 in overtime to win the NCAA title at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. He has covered Michigan State in seven of its Frozen Four appearances (1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2007). In all, he has covered more than 1,100 Spartan hockey games over his last quarter-century of coverage.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Koepke began playing hockey at age 11 and spent one season playing for the Ohio State University freshman team as a goaltender. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1970.

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