Matt Koch
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Matt  Koch

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Hastings, Minn.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200

Position:
D

Last Team:
Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

10/10/2017

Koch named AHC Defensive Player of the Week

Junior defenseman had two points in win at Alaska

06/28/2017

Fifteen Falcons named to Atlantic Hockey all-academic team

A school-record 15 Falcons honored for their work in the classroom

06/22/2016

14 Falcons named AHC all-academic

A school-record 14 Falcons were honored for their excellence off the ice

04/04/2016

Air Force hockey announces 2015-16 award winners

Hartner and Starrett each win two of the major awards

2016-17 (Sophomore)

Played in all 41 games and was second on the team in points by a defenseman with 18 (5-13-18) … Had two power-play goals and two short-handed goals … Was a +8 … First career goal came in the win over RIT (Nov. 11) … Tied career-best two assists against Mercyhurst (Jan. 7) … Two points (1-1-2) in tie with AIC (Feb. 11) … Two assists in the win over No. 8 Western Michigan in the NCAA East Regional … Named to academic all-conference team.

 

2015-16 (Freshman)

Played in 18 games and had five points, all assists ... Played in eight of the last nine games and had four assists in those eight games ... Career-best two assists against Robert Morris, Feb. 19  ... Named academic all-conference.

 

Before Air Force

Played in 116 games over two seasons for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL … Played in 56 games in 2013-14 and had 17 assists to rank as the third highest-scoring defenseman on the team … Teammate of current Falcons Ben Kucera and Tyler Ledford in 2012-13 … Was the team’s top scoring defenseman in 2014-15 with 51 points (7-44-51) … Named the 2014-15 NAHL Defenseman of the Year, the South Division Defenseman of the Year and was named to the All-South Division Team … Juniors coaches were Paul Baxter and John LaFontaine ... Graduated from Hastings High School ... Lettered three years in hockey and baseball  ... All-Conference twice in hockey ... Named all-conference honorable mention in baseball.

 

 

Personal

Member of Cadet Squadron 30 ... Parents are Jim and Pam Koch ... Has one younger brother ... Major is operations research ...  Long-term goal is to go to graduate school ... This past summer, worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training ... Also travelled to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on Operation Air Force to learn about the operational Air Force … Is an element leader in his squadron … On the superintendent’s list as a sophomore … long-team goal is to go to grad school and possibly work in sports analytics … Hidden talent is he is good at card tricks ... Greatest individual moment in sports was being named the NAHL Defenseman of the Year ... Greatest team moment was winning the AHC Tournament and playing in the NCAA Championships ... One word to describe him is out-going ... Credits his dad as having the greatest influence on his sports career ... Hobbies are all sports ... Started playing hockey at the age of four ... Favorite NHL team is the Minnesota Wild ... Favorite NHL player is Erik Karlsson.



Year GP G A PTS PIM SOG PP SH GW
2015-16 18 0 5 5 1-2 13 0 0 0
2016-17 41 5 13 18 10-20 58 2 2 0
Career 59 5 18 23 11-22 71 2 2 0
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