Ferris State men’s hockey junior Jason Tackett eyes big weekend at Minnesota State

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State’s hockey team puts a 4-6 record on the line this weekend with Western Collegiate Hockey Association games at Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday.

The Bulldogs will be looking at junior forwards like Jason Tackett, a sophomore from West Chester, Ohio, to come up with key contributions.

Ferris was swept 5-4 and 4-3 by Michigan Tech over the weekend and will try to bounce back this weekend.

“I could have done more and everyone could have given a little more,” Tackett said. “especially when you get swept. It’s never anything you wanted.”

Tackett has been among his team’s top offensive threats. A year ago, he dressed in 28 contests for Ferris State, finished with three goals and three assists for six points. He had three points in four games from Jan. 12 to Jan. 20.

As a freshman, he dressed in 29 games for Ferris State, scored four goals and earned five assists for nine points

Ferris is 2-2 in the WCHA. The key to having more success, Tackett said, is starting faster.

“We come out and start slow and have two strong periods,” Tackett said. “If we put 60 minutes together, we can be a dangerous team and beat anyone in the country.”

His own season “has been better than in years past. I’m happy with it. We’re at 4-6 and have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see where we can improve.”

Tackett put on extra pounds during the summer and has improved his strength, he indicated. In nine games, he has four goals and three assists.

FSU Volleyball

Ferris 3, Ashland 2

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Ferris State’s volleyball team beat Ashland 3-2 in an NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament first-round game on Thursday.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of the Rockhurst/Illinois-Springfield matchup in the first regional semifinal on Friday evening starting at 6 p.m. The championship match is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ferris won the first set 25-16, the third 25-18 and the fifth 15-9. Ashland won 25-18 in the second and 25-17 in the fourth. Alyson Cappell had 14 kills, Katie O’Connell had 18 and Mekayla Carey had 25. Katie Placek had 30 digs and O’Connell 24.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ferris 72, Hillsdale 67

HILLSDALE — Ferris outscored Hillsdale 37-24 in the first half and held on to this nonleague win on Thursday. Ferris is 4-1 and Hillsdale is 2-1.

Markese Mayfield and Jayline McFadden had 12 points apiece for Ferris. D’angelo Hughes had 10points. Mayfield had seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs have their home opener on 6 p.m. Saturday against Fanshawne, Ohio. Ferris will be raising its national championship banner.

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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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