Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
Neil Koepke analyzes the Spartans’series finale at North Dakota.
The Spartans will play their first exhibition game of the season.
Hildebrand Becomes First Four-Time Team MVP.
Four Spartans have appeared in the ECHL.
Spartans at NHL Development Camps 2015
Jake Hildebrand Photo Gallery 2014-15
MSU 5, UMass 3, Oct. 17, 2014
Ferris State 2, Michigan State 0; Dec. 14, 2013
MSU 8, Princeton 2, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
2015-16 (Senior): Became the first four-time Team MVP in Spartan history ... Appeared in every game for the second consecutive season and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention ... Was one of 10 Senior CLASS Award finalists ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Posted three shutouts to bring his career total to 13 -- third most in MSU history ... His 1,046 saves in 2015-16 are the fifth-highest single-season total in 75 years of Spartan hockey ... Made 28 saves in a 5-0 win over Minnesota (3/5) to post his third shutout of the season and earn Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors ... Recorded his first shutout of the season with 21 saves in a 2-0 win over LSSU (10/23) ... Made it back-to-back shutouts with a 25-save effort in a 5-0 win over UNH (11/6) ... Picked up his second-career assist and first since his freshman season in a win at OSU (1/29) ... Made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over No. 5 Michigan at Joe Louis Arena (2/5) ... Made a season-high 44 saves in the Big Ten Tournament vs. OSU.
2014-15 (Junior): First-Team All-American ... Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Tied for second in the nation with six shutouts ... Posted a .930 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average - tops among all Big Ten goalies ... In Big Ten play, Hildebrand posted a 1.94 goals-against average and .940 save percentage and allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of 20 league games, including five shutouts ... Allowed two goals or fewer in 20 of 35 games ... Mike Richter Award finalist ... Voted team MVP for the third consecutive season, becoming just the fourth player in program history to become a three-time team MVP ... Named Big Ten First Star of the Week on four occasions ... Recorded back-to-back shutouts in 3-0 wins over Wisconsin (3/6-7), making 21 and 38 saves, respectively to earn Big Ten and NCAA First Star of the Week ... Posted his fourth shutout of the season with a 31-save effort in a 3-0 win at Wisconsin (2/21) ... Turned away 28 shots in a 3-0 win over Penn State (2/13) to earn his third shutout of the season ... Named the Big Ten First Star of the Week for the third time during the year after stopping 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 win over Michigan (1/30) at Joe Louis Arena ... Earned his sixth-career shutout and second of the season with a 22-save effort in a 2-0 win over Ohio State (1/24), helping garner Big Ten First Star of the Week honors ... Tied a career high with 48 saves in a 2-2 tie and shootout win at Penn State (1/16) ... Earned his first shutout of the year with a 31-save performance in a 2-0 win over Ferris State (12/28) ... Made 42 saves in the 4-3 win at UNH (11/7) ... Named the Big Ten First Star of the Week after stopping 35 of 37 shots (.946 Sv%) in a series split with Ferris State (10/31-11/1) ... Became the first goaltender since Jeff Lerg (42 games) in 2006-07 to start every game of a season ... Also the first Spartan netminder to play every minute of every game since Eldon VanSpybrook played all 24 contests in 1959-60.
2013-14 (Sophomore): Named the Team MVP ... Enters the season with four-career shutouts, tied for 10th most in MSU history ... Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention and was one of 18 candidates for the Mike Richter Award honoring the most outstanding goalie in the nation ... Was named as one of the Big Ten's stars of the week four times ... Allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of 32 games, finishing with a 2.44 GAA and .923 save percentage ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in overall saves (929) and first in the Big Ten in saves during conference play (543) ... Made 35 or more saves in eight games ... Had back-to-back 40-save games vs. OSU (2/7, 8), making 40 and 48 stops, respectively ... Posted a 29-save shutout vs. Michigan in the GLI at Comerica Park (12/29) ... Had a 48-save shutout win vs. Penn State (1/17) ... Surrendered two goals or fewer over a five-game stretch from Feb. 1 at Minnesota to Feb. 15 at Penn State, dropping his GAA to a season-low 2.15 and raising his save percentage to a season-high .933 ... Enters his junior campaign with 1,774-career saves, 420 short of tying Drew Palmisano for 10th most in Spartan history ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2012-13 (Freshman): Started 28 games, posting a .929 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA ... Honorable mention All-CCHA Rookie Team member ... Had at least 27 saves in 22 of 28 starts and allowed two goals or fewer in 17 games ... Posted a 2.24 GAA in CCHA games while his .930 save percentage in conference games ranked fifth in the league ... Named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week (1/14) after yielding just two goals in a series split with Notre Dame (1/11-12) ... Made a career-high 47 stops vs. Penn State (1/26) ... Recorded his first-career shutout by making 28 saves in a 1-0 win over Western Michigan (3/2) ... Blanked Miami, 3-0, by making 34 stops in game one of the CCHA quarterfinal series ... Earned his first-career win by making 28 saves in a 4-2 win at LSSU (10/27) ... Turned away 40 shots in a 7-2 win over Michigan (11/10).
Prior to MSU: Completed his final USHL season (2011-12)in Cedar Rapids after two years in Sioux City ... Owned a 20-14 record (with seven overtime losses) in 43 games, with a 2.79 GAA and .913 save percentage ... Ranked fifth in the USHL in the regular season in save percentage, seventh in minutes played (2427:57), eighth in wins, and 11th in goals against average ... In 2010-11 in Cedar Rapids, owned a 2.69 GAA and .901 save percentage in 21 games, with a 8-9-1 regular-season record ... Played in just four games in 2009-10, owning a 1-1 record, .912 save percentage, and 2.52 GAA ... Overall in the USHL, had a career .906 save percentage, and 2.68 GAA in 68 games, with a 29-24-4 record to his credit... Joined the Cedar Rapids team in mid-season in 2009-10 (from the Cleveland Barons U-18 team) after an injury and the subsequent trade of former MSU goaltender Will Yanakeff opened up a spot ...Came up through the Pittsburgh Hornets organization.
Personal: Born June 19, 1993 in Butler, Pa. .... Son of Cheryl and Russ Hildebrand ... Has one sister, Jaime, who attends Penn State-Behrend ... A graduate of Seargent Bluff High School in Iowa ... Lists Mark-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins as his favorite professional player ... Lists his goalie coach, Shane Clifford, as his idol and largest hockey influence.