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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Forwards need to pick.
up slack for Ferris
'M' looks to reload
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Sept. 28 - Oct. 31 at the Union.
CCHA Rank - Media Poll
Throughout the CCHA preseason
press conference, coaches were empha-
sizing the quality of competition in the
conference. Ferris State felt the full effect
of the competitive crunch last season.
"One point would have meant the dif-
ference between eighth and sixth place"
last season, Ferris State coach Bob
That one point forced the Bulldogs to
play Michigan State in the CCHA tour-
nament. Predictably, the Spartans
whipped Ferris State in two games.
If the Bulldogs hope to finish higher
this season, their forwards will have to
lead the way. Ferris State returns all of its
forwards from last year, including cap-
tain Joel Irwin, who netted 15 goals.
"No doubt that the strength of our
team will be forwards," Daniels said.
"We don't lose a player from last year -
we felt that it was a bit of a strength for
us a year ago, and with all those players
returning, it'll certainly be a strength of
our team this season."
One thing that is not certain is the
Ferris State defense. While Vince Owen
returns in goal, the defensemen in front
of him are unsettled. Daniels is counting
on three freshmen - Jason Basile, Chad
McIver and Christian Schroeder - to
produce this season.
But the offensive capabilites of the
defense, long a Ferris State strength, is
questionable at best.
"We've had a fine tradition of having
some great offensive defensemen at
Ferris, and it will probably be an element
of our team that we will miss," Daniels
If the youngsters play well on defense,
the Bulldogs have a decent shot at host-
ing a first-round CCHA playoff series in
March. If not, eighth place could be,
Ferris State's yet again.
- T JBerka
Last year's overall record: 15-21-3
Last year's CCHA record: 12-15-3
Last year's results vs. Michigan
Nov. 14 Mich. 3, Ferris 2 (OT)
Nov. 16 Mich. 3, Ferris 3
Feb. 27 Ferris 2, Mich. 1
1998-99 games against Michigan
Jan. 8-9 Ann Arbor
Jan. 15 Big Rapids
By David Den Herder
D)aily Sports Writer
Last fall, Michigan was wondering
how its offense could ever recover
from the loss of Brendan Morrison.
The Wolverines managed.
This season, Michigan loses only
two forwards to graduation.
Unfortunately, that duo - Bill
Muckalt and Matt Herr - combined
for 98 points last year.
Before the puck dropped on the
1998-99 season, coach Red
Berenson tried to put things in per-
"Last year, as we sat here, I was
lamenting the fact that we had lost
nine seniors," Berenson said. "But I
was feeling good because we had
Marty Turco in goal, and Bill
Muckalt and Matt Herr.
"This year, we don't have those
three, and they were key players in
The question is, will anyone fill
the roles of Muckalt and Herr - or
perhaps more appropriately - does
anyone have to ?
Center Mark Kosick returns from
an impressive freshman season. He
was a CCHA all-rookie team mem-
ber and is Michigan's leading return-
Unfortunately, he is also returning
form a separated shoulder that
benched him through much of the
Assistant captain Bobby Hayes
will share time with Kosick at center.
Hayes also brings back solid num-
bers (21 goals-23 assists - 44
points), and is the Wolverines' top
returning goal scorer.
Already established as a clutch
forward (he scored three game-win-
ners last year, including the one
against North Dakota in the playoffs)
Hayes should be an anchor in
Michigan's offensive scheme.
Josh Langfeld and Geoff Koch
bring size to the line, as well as 47
Langfeld trails only Hayes in
returning goals with 19, and the
CCHA all-rookie honorable mention
selection last year has big potential
As a freshman "I knew I'd come in
and play," Langfeld said. "I didn't
know I'd have as big an impact as I
And speaking of freshmen who
could have a big impact, maize and
blue faithful should take a good look
at Mike Comrie.
At only 5-10, plus skates, Comrie
doesn't exactly grab attention - but
his performance may have people
Comrie had a goal and an assist
against Guelph in his first game, and
was named the second star.
"I think Mike is going to be a spe-
cial player," Berenson said. "He can
beat you one-on-one, and he uses his
Players to watch
Bob Daniels, seventh season
Notable: Ferris State is in Big
Rapids, not Grand Rapids.
"We've got good
balance - a lot
of scorers on
guys are getting
used to the
We'll be ready."
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