Goaltender Jake Hildebrand wins Big Ten player of the year and goaltender of the year
Hildebrand compiled a .940 save percentage in his 20 conference games, and backstopped the Spartans to 11 Big Ten wins. The closest goaltender to his save percentage was Michigan's Zach Nagelvoort at a distant .916.
Hilderband also led the Big Ten in goals-against average at 1.94 and shutouts with five. His six total shutouts on the year were tied for the best in the nation, while four came in an eight game span from Feb. 13 - March 7.
It was Hildebrand's strong second half of the season that helped propel him to the honors. Since Jan. 1, Hildebrand has posted a .950 save percentage (tied for best in country) and a 1.69 goals-against average.
Hildebrand held MSU's opponents to two goals or less in 14 of its last 18 games.
Four other Spartans were also recognized in the Big Ten.
Senior forward Matt Berry (11 goals, 17 assists) was an honorable mention. Junior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino (12 goals, 11 assists) was also one of six Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees.