Likens, in his rookie season at the University of Wisconsin, had 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 39 games played. Likens represented the United States at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships (WJC) in Finland, helping Team USA win their first ever gold medal. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Likens played two years with the U. S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the 2002-03 season, he amassed 22 points (4 goals, 18 assists) playing in 54 games. He was a member of the fourth place finishing USA squad at the 2003 World Juniors Tournament in Russia. Likens was also a member of the gold medal winning USA squad at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Likens is a mobile defenseman who possesses excellent offensive abilities. He is an excellent skater. Not only can he lead the rush out of the defensive zone, but also has no problem jumping into the play. He possesses great confidence with the puck and his passing skills are quite good. The biggest knock on Likens is his size. His small stature presents problems in containing opposing forwards who tower over him. Yet despite his lack of size, Likens’ tireless work ethic and feistiness serves him well against bigger opposing forwards by making him a difficult defenseman to play against. He is not afraid to play the body and will get involved in the physical side of the game. He possesses a good low shot and has no trouble getting pucks at the net. He is solid positionally, reads plays and anticipates quite well also.