Neil Koepke previews Friday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
MSU ends its regular season with a win over Michigan.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's big series with Michigan.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's 3-0 win over Wisconsin.
Spartans earn a series split in Minneapolis.
2014-15 (Senior): His nine points (1g, 8a) ranked second among MSU defensemen ... Led the team with a plus-11 rating ... Posted assists in both games at Minnesota (2/26-27) ... Had assists in both games of a sweep vs. Penn State (2/13-14) ... Scored at UMass-Lowell (10/25) in a 2-1 loss ... Had the opportunity to play against his younger brother, Richard, at UNH (11/7-8) ... Was a season-high plus-3 in a 3-0 win over Penn State (2/13) ... Assisted on Michael Ferrantino’s goal at Michigan (3/14).
2013-14 (Junior): Led all juniors in games played with 34 ... Finished second on the team and fifth in the Big Ten in blocked shots (65) ... Had a career-high five blocked shots in a 2-2 tie at Minnesota (1/31) ... Recorded two assists in a 5-4 win over AIC (11/1) ... Finished the season with seven points (1g, 6a) ... Scored a power-play goal in an 8-2 win vs. Princeton ... Was plus-2 in consecutive games vs. Michigan (12/28/13) and Ohio State (1/10).
2012-13 (Sophomore): Posted 11 points (2g, 11a) while playing in all 42 games in his first year with the program ... Picked up his first points as a Spartan with two helpers in a 4-1 win over Ferris State (12/14) ... Scored the game-winner for his first goal as a Spartan in a 4-1 win over Notre Dame (1/12) ... Had points in both games against Penn State (1/25-26), picking up an assist and then a goal in the two games, respectively ... Posted two assists in a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan (2/16) ... Finished the season with 47 blocked shots.
Prior to MSU: Played a year and a half for the Indiana Ice, appearing in 50 games, earning 93 PIM and 14 points from the blue line in 2011-12 ... Began his college career at Sacred Heart University (AHA) in 2010-11, but left mid-season and signed on with the Ice ... Appeared in 33 games in his first season in Indiana ... Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round (183rd overall pick) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, becoming second Florida-born NHL draftee in League history ... Played two seasons of varsity hockey at Cushing Academy (2008-10),. recording six goals and 21 assists over two seasons, earning "Best Defenseman" award.
Personal: Born Feb. 7, 1991 ... Son of Don and Karen Boyd ... Has two brothers (Sam and Rich), who both played varsity hockey at Cushing Academy, and a younger sister, Maggie, who did as well ... Lists the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers as his favorite NHL franchises, and Chris Pronger as his favorite NHL player ... Lists his parents as his biggest hockey influences, for supporting him in everything he did ... Lists his idols as his siblings. "We are constantly wanting each other to do well, and it motivates me to be better." ... Enjoys fishing, boating, and golf away from the rink.