Sophomore forward playing key role for Bulldog hockey

Craig Pefley looks at making a play against Alaska earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

BIG RAPIDS — It’s one more series on the schedule for the Ferris State hockey team, which hopes to be sitting in a strong position in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association prior to entering the holiday break.

Sophomore forwards like Craig Pefley hope to continue to improve their offensive production and the Bulldogs are looking for a more consistent offensive attack.

He has four goals and three assists in 15 games.

Ferris is 9-10-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the WCHA coming off a split last weekend at Michigan Tech. Pefley, a sophomore from St. Clair, Mich., is confident of being a major contributor for FSU.

“I’m a good passer I’d say,” Pefley said. “We are definitely starting to come together. We’re doing well right now and have to keep it going.”

Last season, he dressed in 28 games for Ferris and finished with four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, fifth most on the team. He was at a point-per-game through 15 games, and had six points in the first four games. He finished second on the team in assists. Pefley was WCHA Player of the Week for Oct. 3 and Feb. 27 and WCHA Rookie of the Month for November.

The 5-11 forward competed for the Carleton Place Canadians during the 2014-15 season and had 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points in 60 regular season games. Pefley also helped Carleton Place win the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) Championship and advanced to the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Championship.

His hometown is St. Clair, Mich. Pefley starred as a youth player in the Honeybaked program in Detroit before moving to the high school prep level at the University of Detroit Jesuit Academy where he was an all-state pick and the league’s top scorer. He scored 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points in his first season with Carleton Place (2013-14) before adding five goals and four assists in 16 playoff contests.

He scored twice in a 5-2 win over Anchorage on Dec. 2.

“It was great to see that materialize, Pefley said. “It was a great team win.

“Our line is clicking well. I’m looking forward (to upcoming weeks). It’s important going into the Christmas break to get some (WCHA points).”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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