Served as an alternate captain of the Spartans as a senior ... Appeared in 154 career games, and contributed 16 goals and 70 assists for 86 points ... Showcased his versatility by playing a significant number of games at both forward and defense.
2006-07 (Senior): Named to both the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team and the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team for his play on the blue line, which included an assist on Justin Abdelkader's game-winning goal in the National Championship game and a two-assist performance against Boston University ... One of just four skaters to appear in all 42 Spartan games in 2006-07 ... Finished the season ranked second on the team in assists (22) ... Recipient of the Amo Bessone Award, given annually to a Spartan for athletic, scholastic and community participation ... Tallied an assist in the 6-2 home win against Michigan (11/3), which was his 50th career helper... Registered his first multi-point game of the season with two assists against Ohio State (12/1) .... Followed that up with another two-assist performance three games later in a 3-2 victory at Northern Michigan (12/9) ... Scored his first goal of the season on the power play in a 5-2 victory over Harvard in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Invitational... Had his season-high four game point streak, which dated back to the Northern Michigan series (12/9) snapped when he was held off the board at Miami (1/5). He had five points (goal, four assists) in that span ... Tied a career high with a three-point night (1-2-3), which included the game-winning goal, to complete a weekend sweep of Alaska (1/13) ... Registered points in six of seven games (2-7-9) from the second game of the Northern Michigan series (12/9) to the second game of the Alaska series (1/13) ... Tallied the game-tying goal at the 15:55 mark of the third period in game two of the Nebraska-Omaha series (2/3) to extend the Spartans' unbeaten streak to seven games ... Had a four-game point streak (1-6-7) from game two of the CCHA quarterfinals to the regional semifinal vs. Boston University ... After playing 20 consecutive games at forward, switched back to defense in game two of the CCHA quarterfinals against Nebraska-Omaha (3/10), tallying an assist on Chris Mueller's third-period strike ... Netted the overtime game-winning tally to ensure MSU a berth in the NCAA Tournament against Lake Superior in the CCHA consolation game (3/17). Added two assists in the contest to tie a career high in points (3) ... Notched two assists in the Spartans' victory over Boston University in the NCAA first round (3/23), helping on both of Tim Crowder's goals, including the game-winner at 1:11 of the second period ... Was a combined +7 heading into the Frozen Four, which included a +3 performance against Boston University.
2005-06 (Junior): Appeared in all 45 games, 12 at forward and the balance at the blueline ... Had a breakout season statistically, scoring 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points ... Led all CCHA defensemen in scoring and ranked 15th nationally ... 24 assists tied his total in his first two collegiate seasons, and ranked 12th in the CCHA in that category ... Ranked fourth in the league in power play points (4-17-21) ... Led the team with an impressive +21 ... Finalist for the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman award ... Was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Lefty McFadden Invitational and the Great Lakes Invitational ... Assisted on Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal in the first game of the Lefty against Wayne State (10/8). ... Assisted on Chris Mueller's power-play goal in the Lefty against North Dakota (10/9) ... Scored his first goal of the season in a 3-3 tie at Michigan (10/22) ... Had an assist in 4-3 loss at Cornell, then scored twice and added an assist in the series finale (10/28-29). Both goals came on special teams - his first was shorthanded, the second with a man advantage ... Three assists in a sweep (5-4 OT, 5-0) of Northern Michigan (11/4-5) ... Tallied an unassisted goal in the third period to help salvage a 2-2 tie against Ferris State (11/8), and assisted on the first Spartan tally ... Assisted on Jim McKenzie's second period goal in a 3-2 loss at Ohio State (11/15) ... Scored in a 2-2 tie with Minnesota (11/26) ... Assisted on Bryan Lerg's game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over BGSU (12/2) ... Had two helpers in a 4-2 loss to Bowling Green (12/3) ... Assisted on David Booth's power-play goal in the first period in 4-4 tie at UAF (12/9) ... Scored an even-strength goal and power-play strike in 6-3 loss to Colorado College in the GLI championship (12/30). His multiple-goal performance earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team ... Assisted on Booth's power-play goal of a 5-1 victory in the series finale against Wayne State (1/7) ... Collected the 40th assist of his career on Dan Sturges' goal in a 2-1 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks (1/14) ... 50th career point was an assist on Bryan Lerg's first period power-play goal against UNO (1/21) ... Produced two goals and an assist in a 5-5 tie against Michigan (1/28) ... Skated in his 100th game as a Spartan in a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame ... Game-winning goal and pair of assists in 3-1 win over Miami (2/18) ... CCHA Defensive Player of the Week on 2/20 after four-point, +3 weekend sweep of the second-ranked RedHawks ... Assisted on Bryan Lerg's goal at LSSU (2/23) ... Credited with an assist on a Bryan Lerg power play goal in the second of three games against UAF (3/11).
2004-05 (Sophomore): Played in 35 games, including 21 at the blueline, with 1-14--15 totals ... Thirteen of his 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) came via the power play ... Saw first action of the season in 5-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha (10/29) ... First point of the season was an assist at Ferris State (11/6) ... Picked up an assist at Michigan (11/20) ... Assisted on MSU's second goal in 4-0 win at Wisconsin (11/26) ... Recorded three points (one goal, two assists) at Bowling Green (12/4), including the game winner just 41 seconds into the third period ... Drew an assist on State's first goal in 4-3 OT win vs. New Hampshire (12/29) ... Picked up an assist on State's fourth goal in 4-0 win at Miami (1/7) ... Played forward in both games vs. Ohio State (2/18-19), drawing an assist on State's lone goal in game two ... Picked up a helper in win over Bowling Green (2/26) ... Registered three assists, in sweep of Notre Dame (3/4-5).
2003-04 (Freshman): Played in 32 games with 1-10--11 totals ... Saw action in seven games at defense and 25 at forward ... Played forward vs. Findlay (10/10) and defense vs. Minnesota-Duluth (10/11), tallying an assist in each game ... Drew an assist on MSU's sixth goal in 7-3 win at Western Michigan (10/25) ... Career-best three assists vs. Wayne State (11/21) ... Drew assist on MSU's second goal in 4-3 loss to Boston College in GLI title game (12/28) ... Set up MSU's second goal in 7-2 win over Northern Michigan (1/2) ... First collegiate goal came in a 3-2 win at Alaska Fairbanks (2/14).
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the United States Hockey League in 2002-03 ... Selected to the USHL All-Rookie Team ... Posted 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points in 59 games ... Teammate of current Spartan defenseman Chris Snavely in Cedar Rapids ... Earned four letters in hockey at Holy Angels High School in Richfield, Minn. ... Team won state high school championship his senior year ... Scored the game-winning goal in the title game ... Ranked among the top 10 scorers in the state of Minnesota as a junior and senior ... Left Holy Angels as the school record holder for assists in a career ... Two-year all-state and four-time all-conference selection ... Served as the team captain for two years ... Team MVP as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 20, 1983 ... Food industry management major ... Enjoys fishing and soccer ... Graduated from Holy Angels High School ... Earned four letters in hockey and soccer and one in track ... Was an all-state and all-conference selection in soccer ... Favorite NHL Team: Colorado Avalanche ... Favorite NHL Player: Peter Forsberg ... Son of Robert and Jean Howells ... Father played hockey at Bemidji State, while uncle, Steve Howells, played hockey at Gustavus Adolphus ... Says his father is his biggest hockey influence because "he helped me out all my life with hockey -- coaching and just watching."
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2003-04 32 1 10 11 0 0 0 +3 4-8 2004-05 35 1 14 15 1 0 1 -3 7-14 2005-06 45 10 24 34 7 1 2 +21 15-30 2006-07 42 4 22 26 2 0 2 +9 11/22 TOTALS 154 16 70 86 10 1 5 +30 37-74
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