2002-03: Played in 39 games and posted 2-9--11 totals Earned special mention to CCHA All-Academic team MSU's Goofus Award winner Tied career-best, two-game point streak (0-2--2) vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 24-25) Drew an assist on game-winning goal in 3-2 victory over LSSU (Oct. 25) Added an assist on MSU's second goal in 5-4 overtime win vs. Niagara (Nov. 9) Drew an assist on MSU's second goal at Minnesota (Nov. 29) on the power play Career-best two assists in 6-2 win at Ferris State (Dec. 6) Assisted on MSU's sixth goal in a 7-0 shutout of Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 18) Scored first goal since Feb. 23, 2001 in 4-0 win at Michigan (Feb. 28). The goal was also the game-winning tally Tallied a goal and an assist for a career-best two points vs. Western Michigan (March 8) Drew the lone assist on MSU's insurance goal in 3-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (March 15).
2001-02: Appeared in 39 games, adding five assists Added assists in back-to-back games vs. North Dakota in Great Lakes Invitational Championship (Dec. 29) and vs. Quinnipiac (Jan. 4) Two-game point streak marked career best Also added assists vs. Ohio State (Jan. 26), at Miami (Feb. 22) and against Bowling Green (March 8) One of six Spartan skaters with a plus-minus rating of +10 or better Missed MSU's game at Western Michigan (Jan. 12) due to a chest contusion.
2000-01: Led MSU freshmen in games played (41) and scoring 1-4--5 Named Spartans' Outstanding Rookie and earned team's Most Improved Player award Notched first career point in debut with Spartans at Alaska Anchorage (Oct. 13) Earned an assist in 5-0 MSU win vs. Lake Superior State (Nov. 21) Recorded first goal in a Spartan uniform at Ohio State (Feb. 23) and added assist vs. the Buckeyes for first multiple-point game Multi-point effort at OSU snapped 21-game scoreless streak Assisted on Joe Goodenow's goal in CCHA championship game vs. Michigan (March 17) Missed Jan. 27 game vs. Michigan at Joe Louis Arena due to game disqualification received in MSU win over Lake Superior State four nights earlier.
PRIOR TO MSU: Scored 7-22--29 and added 20 penalty minutes in 55 regular-season games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in 1999-2000 29 points paced Stars' blueliners in scoring Helped Lincoln capture the USHL regular-season championship Tallied 0-2--2 in 10 playoff contests Named USHL Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 12, 1999) after recording 0-3--3 in two Lincoln triumphs Was part of the U.S. team that won the 2000 Viking Cup Tournament championship Teammate of Spartan junior Jim Slater on 2000 U.S. Viking Cup championship team Member of the USA Hockey At-Large team that competed in the organization's Top Prospects Tournament in November 1999 In 56 games with Lincoln in 1998-99, scored 3-15--18 Twice earned all-state and all-tournament honors at Park River (N.D.) High School Captured North Dakota's Mr. Hockey award in 1998 Four-year letterwinner in hockey and football at Park River Also lettered in golf.
PERSONAL: Born May 24, 1980 A general management major Enjoys golfing and playing the guitar Graduate of Park River H.S. Lists the Dallas Stars and Mike Modano as his favorite professional team and player, respectively Son of Dennis and Linda Markusen Says his older brothers have most influenced his hockey career.
Career Statistics YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2000-01 41 1 4 5 0 0 0 +4 14-39 2001-02 39 0 5 5 0 0 0 +10 9-18 2002-03 39 2 9 11 0 0 1 -4 15-30 TOTALS 119 3 18 21 0 0 1 +10 38-87