Neil Koepke's notes and observations from Saturday's game.
Neil Koepke recaps Friday's win over UMass.
Neil Koepke previews the Spartans' opening series.
Spartans and Minutemen will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Boyd and Darnell score for MSU.
2013-14 (Freshman): Appeared in all 36 games as a freshman, producing nine points (2g, 7a) ... Led all Big Ten forwards in blocked shots with 45 ... Recorded his first career points with assists on a pair of Mackenzie MacEachern goals in a 4-0 win vs. AIC (11/3) ... Scored his first career goal in a 4-1 win vs. Princeton (12/1) ... Scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 1:23 into the first period in a 3-0 win vs. Michigan at the GLI (12/28) ... Had assists in ties at Minnesota (1/31) and vs. Ohio State (2/7) ... Blocked a season-high five shots in a win at Penn State (2/15).
Prior to MSU: Had a 16-10-26 scoring line in 60 games with the Chicago Steel (USHL) in 2012-13 ... Ten of his goals came on the power play, as did three of his assists ... Two of his goals stood as game-winners ... Racked up 63 penalty minutes ... Member of the US Junior Select Team that captured a gold medal in Nov. 2012 at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where he was a teammate of classmate JT Stenglein ... Drafted in the third-round, 34th overall, by the Chicago Steel in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft ... Scored 43 goals and registered 69 assists over two seasons at Birmingham-Brother Rice in Troy, Mich. ... Completed his junior year at Brother Rice (2011-12) by helping his team to its first Division 2 State Championship since 2005 ... A 2012 Michigan Division II First Team All-State selection ......Played with classmate Mackenzie MacEachern at Brother Rice and in Chicago.
Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1994 in Sheffield, England ... Son of John and Bridget ... Father, John, played hockey in college at Northwood University ... Brother, John, attended Western Michigan University and sister, Amy, attends MSU ... Several relatives also attended MSU ... Graduated from Wheaton (Ill.) North High School ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and favorite player is Henrik Zetterberg because of his skill and the difficulty required to knock him off the puck ... Lists his dad as his idol and biggest hockey influence because he taught him everything, not just hockey.