Jacob Hetz, Bulldogs eye strong performances in upcoming games

Jacob Hetz

BIG RAPIDS — Not many games are left in the regular season for Ferris State’s hockey team, and each one is valuable as the Bulldogs try to strengthen their position in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

Ferris will be hosting Bemidji State this weekend. Ferris is coming off a pair of losses to Lake Superior last weekend.

Despite the two losses, coach Bob Daniels saw some positive aspects of his team’s play.’’

“Jacob Hetz had a good game,” Daniels said of his senior center, who is one of two Pittsburgh area natives on the team.

“The key was to outwork them,” Hetz said of Saturday’s game, a 4-2 loss. “I thought we did that for the most part but we came up short. We have to compete more and be heavier on sticks and outwork them.”

Ferris is 7-20-1 overall and 4-15-1-0 in the WCHA.

“I try to play a hard game every night and try to hit since I’m one of the bigger guys out there,” Hetz, who is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, and has played both center and defenseman for Ferris, said. “I try to skate fast, go hard to the net and be tough to play against.”

He’s had three goals and two assists this season.

“Overall, it’s a better season than I’ve had in the past,” Hetz said. “But I’m not looking at that but the overall team. We’ll see if we can turn this around and make the season better.”

Last season, he dressed in 26 games, primarily on defense for Ferris State, finished with three goals and two assists for five points and had one power play goal and one game-winning goal.

He dressed in 25 games as a sophomore, and started the year as a forward but dressed as a defensemen in the second half of the season. He finished with five assists.

Hetz, in his freshman season, helped FSU to a NCAA Regional Final appearance as well as the first WCHA Tournament Championship in team history.

A native of Glenshaw, Pa., Hetz, prior to coming to Ferris spent the preview three years with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). During his three seasons in Alaska, he played in 173 games and had 119 total points on 58 goals and 61 assists in regular-season play.

“It’s been a roller coaster here, going from forward to defenseman and back to forward,” Hetz said. “I don’t take anything back. I love this place.”

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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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