Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's victory.
Neil Koepke previews Sunday's game with Clarkson in his weekly notebook.
Jake Hildebrand stops 34 shots in the win.
Spartans and Eagles face off at 7 p.m.
Neil Koepke previews the Spartans' opening series.
Connor Wood 2014-15
2014-15 (RS-Sophomore): Made his collegiate debut on Nov. 7 in a win at UNH and appeared in every game thereafter (29 total) ... Had a season-high five shots on goal at Ohio State (11/21) ... Posted a .581 winning percentage in the face-off circle, which was best among all MSU centers.
2013-14 (RS Freshman): Did not see any action ... Left the team in December to play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL ... Played 30 games for the Lumberjacks, posting a 6-3-9 scoring line.
2012-13 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to MSU: Played for Honeybaked U18 during the 2011-12 season with a scoring line of 26-31-57 in 61 games ... Was an alternate captain on the team in 2011-12 ... Had a goal and assist in three games in the 2012 State Playoffs ... Was a teammate on Honeybaked of current MSU freshman defenseman Brock Krygier ... Three-time Silver Stick champion ... Earned 2005 and 2011 State Championships ... Made two National Tournament appearances with Honeybaked, and won a Quebec Championship in 2007.
Personal: Born March 7, 1994 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. .... Son of Kevin and MaryAnn Wood ... Has a sister, Nicole, who is a senior at MSU ... Has 14 family members who have attended and earned degrees from Michigan State ... A graduate of Lahser High School in 2012 ... Lists the Detroit Red Wings as his favorite NHL team and Wings' star Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite NHL player for his amazing skill and ability to lead by example ... Considers his father his greatest hockey influence, because he taught him to skate and got him hooked.