Neil Koepke previews the weekend series at Munn vs. North Dakota.
Senior is the first Spartan to earn Big Ten First Star of the Week honors this season.
Neil Koepke recaps Friday's 5-0 blanking of New Hampshire.
Seven different Spartans score in the win.
Hildebrand records his 12th-career shutout.
Spartans at NHL Development Camps 2015
Michael Ferrantino 2014-15
Boston College 3, MSU 2; Nov. 14, 2014
MSU 5, UMass 3, Oct. 17, 2014
Ferris State 2, Michigan State 0; Dec. 14, 2013
2014-15 (Junior): Tied for the team lead with a career-high 12 goals and ranked third on the team with 23 points - also a career best ... Winner of the Amo Bessone Award, honoring athletic and academic achievement ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Appeared in all 35 games ... Recorded seven multi-point games - second most on the team ... Had a career-long five-game point streak from Feb. 20 - March 6, producing a 2-5-7 scoring line over the span ... Recorded three power-play goals ... Scored a goal in a win at Michigan (3/14) ... Assisted on both of Joe Cox's first-period goals at Minnesota (2/26) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win at Minnesota (2/27) ... Scored a second-period goal in a 3-0 win over Wisconsin (3/6) ... Assisted on both of Ryan Keller's goals in a 3-0 win at Wisconsin (2/21) ... Had a goal and an assist in a win vs. Clarkson (12/14) ... Had a goal in both games at Princeton (11/28-29) ... Scored three goals, including two on the power-play and one game winner, in a split at UNH (11/7-8), earning Big Ten Third Star of the Week honors ... Had 1-3-4 in the opening series vs. UMass (10/17-18) ... His .548 face-off winning percentage led MSU and ranked eighth in the Big Ten.
2013-2014 (Sophomore): Only sophomore to play in all 36 games ... Finished fourth on the team in points and first among sophomores with 20 (9g, 11a) and was named the team's most improved player ... His nine goals tied for third on the team ... Had a four-game goal streak (1/18-31) ... Led the team in faceoff percentage at .539 (298-255) ... Recorded a goal and an assist vs. Michigan (1/24) ... Assisted on both goals in a 2-0 win at Penn State (2/14) ... Scored the game-tying goal in a come-from-behind win vs. Michigan (3/8) and assisted on two goals vs. Wisconsin (3/14) the following game ... Led the team in shootout percentage with 42.9%, scoring on three of seven opportunities ... Had the shootout-winner in the Spartans' inaugural Big Ten game vs. Minnesota (12/6) ... Had a helper in each game vs. Princeton (11/29-12/1) and at Ohio State (1/10-11) ... Registered one goal and one assist in a sweep of AIC (11/1-3) ... Was a plus or even player in 28 of 36 games ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.
2012-13 (Freshman): Played in all 42 games as a true freshman, registering three goals and seven assists ... Scored a power-play goal in a 6-1 win at Bowling Green (11/3) and then added assists in each of the next three games (at Michigan 11/9, vs. Michigan 11/10 and at Miami 11/16) to put together a four-game point streak ... Posted three points in series vs. Penn State (1/25-26), scoring a goal the first night and then adding two assists the next game ... Scored a goal in a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan (2/16).
Prior to MSU: Appeared in 58 games in 2011-12 for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) ... Put up a +11, second on the team ... Had a 9-14-23 scoring line ... Spent most of the 2010-11 season skating for Compuware, where he recorded 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) before reporting to Omaha and appearing in four games for the Lancers ... Played eight seasons in the Compuware organization, winning state championships in 2003-04 (squirts), 2005-06 (Peewee), and 2008-09 (Midget) ... Also captured a National Championship in 2009 with Compuware.
Personal: Born Jan. 1, 1993 in Plymouth, Mich. ... Son of Kellie and Mike Ferrantino ... Has one brother, Nicholas, and a sister, Olivia ... A 2011 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School ... Uncle, Kevin Smyth, was a pole vaulter at MSU in the mid-1980's ... ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings, and enjoys the play of Henrik Zetterberg ... Enjoys fishing and hunting ... Lists his youth coach Derek Szajner as his largest hockey influence, and credits him with always keeping the game fun ... Considers his father his idol, for instilling in him the importance of being a good person both on and off the ice.