Darren Smith holding hot hand in net for Ferris hockey

Darren Smith led Ferris to a sweep last weekend over Michigan Tech. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — College hockey coaches usually like to stay with the hottest goalie they’ve got. That could be the case for Ferris skipper Bob Daniels, whose team is in Fairbanks this weekend to take on Alaska.

But chances are Daniels will go with Darren Smith, as long as the junior from Barrie, Ont., keeps the winning touch.

Smith led Ferris to 4-3 and 3-1 wins over Michigan Tech in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action last weekend.

“It makes our jobs a lot easier when he’s playing that well,” junior forward Corey Mackin said. “He was really good the whole weekend. We knew he’d be playing great. That’s helps our confidence even more.”

“Darren was really good, he was super solid,” Daniels said.

“I felt good all weekend,” Smith said. “I felt locked in. The guys played in front of me.”

After 14 games, Smith has a 6-7-1 record. He has a 2.96 saves percentage and .913 saves percentage.

“A sweep over Michigan Tech, a good program, feels good for us,” Smith said. “We’ve been losing games but it’s not like we’re getting blown out. We know we’re a good hockey team, our record doesn’t show it. If you play like we did (against Michigan Tech), good things will happen.

“You have to play 60 minutes of hockey. You can’t take any shifts off.”

Ferris is 9-12-1 for sixth place in the WCHA and 12-17-1 overall.

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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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