Maloney eager to get Ferris hockey off to strong start

Ferris senior Mitch Maloney (15) is expected to be among the Bulldogs’ top point producers. (Pioneer file photo)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — Mitch Maloney scored a goal and assist in Ferris State’s first win of the season on Saturday giving early indication he’s ready for another productive season.

The senior forward from Macomb played in his 100th career game over the weekend and had key contributions in Saturday’s home 3-2 win over Western Michigan.

He has 20 goals, 14 assists and 34 goals in his career.

Maloney scored his goal on a breakaway after Ferris had killed a penalty

A big part of our system is to stretch a guy deep and give our D more time to make a play,”Maloney said. “It wasn’t the cleanest play. Andrew Dorante had his head up and knew exactly where I was going to be. Once I got the puck, I knew I had to be quick and shoot the puck up high.”

The Bulldogs bounced back from a 6-1oss at Kalamazoo in Saturday’s season opener

“We were fortune to come out with a win,” Maloney said on Saturday

“We’re fortunate in that we have a tremendous amount of depth on the team,” Ferris coach Bob Daniels said. “We will keep tweaking things. We have some assets we have to continue to utilize.”

“I think my role has increased a bit, but this year, it’s exciting to see how deep we are as a team” Maloney said. “The third and fourth line were great. The freshmen started off the game hot. That was a big team win. All four lines kept going.”

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start last season and were hoping for better fortunes this October.

“We have to keep contributing,” Maloney said. “If we bear down and force the net, we’re tough, especially at our home rink with the Dawg Pound and fans. I think a lot of the guys have it in the back of their minds (from last year’s experience) that we have to get gong right away.”

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