Career Notes: Two-year assistant captain (2003-04 and 2004-05) Skated in 67 career games at MSU, registering 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points.
2004-05: Played in 31 games with 3-3--6 totals Picked up an assist on State's fourth goal in 5-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha (Oct. 29) Set up State's game-winning goal in 2-0 victory over Cornell (Nov. 14) Drew an assist on State's second goal in 4-2 loss to Michigan (Nov. 18) Scored the first goal of the game in 6-4 win at Bowling Green (Dec. 4) Tallied State's lone goal on the power play in 4-1 loss at Miami (Jan. 8) Registered second goal in 3-2 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (March 19) in CCHA Third-Place game.
2003-04: Played in 36 games, tallying 9-7--16 totals His three game-winning goals tied him for 44th in the nation Won MSU's Fitness Award Made MSU debut vs. Findlay (Oct. 10) Missed three games (Oct. 18 vs. Ohio State and Oct. 24-25 vs. Western Michigan) due to a concussion First career goal at MSU was the game winner at Ferris State (Nov. 1) Tallied a shorthanded goal, which turned out to be the game winner, and an assist in 3-1 win over Notre Dame (Nov. 7) Scored MSU's first goal in 3-1 win at Miami (Nov. 15) Posted a power-play marker vs. Wayne State (Nov. 20) and added an assist in 7-2 win over Wayne State (Nov. 21) Tallied game winner in 7-2 win over Michigan Tech in GLI semifinal (Dec. 27) Missed Boston College (Dec. 28) and Northern Michigan (Jan. 2-3) games with an ankle injury Scored insurance marker in 2-0 win vs. UMass-Lowell (Jan. 9) Registered goals in back-to-back games at Ohio State (Jan. 24) and vs. Miami (Jan. 30) Season-best two assists in 8-5 win at Lake Superior State (Feb. 5) Picked up an assist on MSU's game-winning goal at Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 14) Scored first goal in 10 games with power-play marker vs. Ferris State (March 12).
2002-03: Sat out season after transferring from Lake Superior State.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played in 33 games for LSSU in 2001-02 and was the team's third-leading scorer with six goals and nine assists for 15 points Also registered two power-play goals and one shorthanded tally Appeared in 14 games as a freshman in 2001-02 Won LSSU's Gay Blade Award as the team's most humorous player in 2002 Spent two years (1998-2000) with the Soo Indians of the North American Hockey League Served as team captain in 1999-2000 and as an assistant captain in 1998-99 Added 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points in 50 games in 1999-2000 Registered 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 1998-99 Two-time NAHL All-Star team selection Selected to NAHL All-Rookie Team in 1999 and was a second-team NAHL All-League selection in 2000.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 19, 1979 Majoring in human resources Enjoys golf, fishing and weight-lifting Teaches hockey school during the summer Attended Cheboygan High School and Marquette High School Nickname is "Nights" Favorite NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs Favorite NHL Player: Mike Peca Son of Ron and Debbie Nightingale Father swam at Eastern Michigan (1970-74) while mother played field hockey and basketball at EMU (1971-74) Brother Jason played hockey at Lake Superior State (1998-2002), while younger brother Jared is a junior on the MSU hockey team Says his parents are his biggest hockey influence, because "they gave me the opportunity and support to continue playing hockey."
Career Statistics (at MSU) YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2003-04 36 9 7 16 2 1 3 -1 16-32 2004-05 31 3 3 6 1 0 0 0 12-35 TOTALS 67 12 10 22 3 1 3 -1 28-67