Spartans earn a series split in Minneapolis.
Junior goaltender leads the Big Ten in save percentage and goals-against average.
Goaltender posted a .959 save percentage last weekend.
Jake Hildebrand makes 31 saves in the win.
Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's 3-0 win.
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 current MSU junior Will Yanakeff opened up a goaltending spot ...Came up throught 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.