News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's tie and shootout win vs. Minnesota.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's two-game set between MSU and Ferris State.
Ron Boyd scores for MSU in the loss.
2013-2014 (RS-Freshman): Played in 35 games and led the team with a plus-4 rating ... First freshman to lead team in plus/minus since Chris Bogas 1995-96 ... Finished with three assists ... His 56 blocked shots were fifth most on the team and ranked 15th in the Big Ten ... First career point was an assist in a 3-1 win vs. Boston University (10/26) ... Had assists vs. Western Michigan and Princeton ... Had a season high five blocked shots vs. WMU (11/23) ... Was plus player in 10 games, including plus-3 in consecutive games vs. Boston University and AIC (10/26-11/1) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.
2012-13 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to MSU: Played for Honeybaked U18 during the 2011-2012 season, appearing in 18 games while recording a scoring line of 0-5-5 ... Had a goal and assist in three games in the 2012 State Playoffs ... Was a teammate on Honeybaked of MSU incoming freshman forward Connor Wood ... Played two years of varsity hockey (sophomore and junior seasons) at Novi High School, helping the team to a Division I State Championship ... Earned All-State honors at Novi.
Personal: Born Dec. 9, 1993 in Bethesda, Md. ... Son of Kim and Todd Krygier ... Father played college hockey at Connecticut and went on to appear in 543 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He was also a teammate of MSU assistant coach Kelly Miller as well as Peter Bondra ... Is the oldest of five children: Natalie, Grace, Cole, and Christian ... Uncles, Bryan and Mike, also played college hockey at UConn ... Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Novi High School in 2012 ... Fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and lists his favorite NHL player as the recently-retired Nick Lidstrom ... Lists his largest hockey influence as his father, who taught him everything he knows and coached him for many years.