MSU heads to Oxford, Ohio for CCHA Quarterfinals
Sorenson nets lone score in loss
MSU gets fresh start in playoffs
Spartans ready for final CCHA Championship Tournament
2011-12 (Freshman): Skated primarily in the center between classmate Tanner Sorenson and Dean Chelios ... Tallied his first career point on Torey Krug's first-period goal at Northern Michigan (11/18) ... Scored his first career goal against Minnesota in the first period in MSU's 4-3 win (11/25) ... That goal kicked off a stretch of points in five straight games from Nov. 25-Dec. 9, netting two goals and five assists in that span ... Had the primary assist on Daultan Leveille's game-tying goal against Minnesota (11/26) ... Had back-to-back multiple point games to earn CCHA Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 5 for his performance in MSU's sweep of Bowling Green. Scored a third-period goal and tallied the primary assist on Dean Chelios' game-winner (12/2), then had two assists in the second game of the series against the Falcons (12/3) ... Scored a third-period power play goal at Michigan in a tough 4-3 loss (12/9) ... Assisted on Chris Forfar's first period marker in a 5-5 tie with Northern Michigan (1/13) ... Recorded a second period score at Ferris State (1/28)... Scored a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart in the first period in MSU's 3-2 overtime victory over Alaska (2/17)...
Personal: Born March 23, 1992 in Detroit, Mich. .... Son of Patricia and William Darnell ... Has one brother, Brad ... A graduate of O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., but attended Detroit Catholic Central prior to moving to Sioux Falls ... Enjoys video games, watching sports, and playing golf ... Lists Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite NHL player, because "he does everything well and never takes a night off" ... Lists his parents as his idols, for all the sacrifices they have made.
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