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Ministers of Defense

by Published: Oct 23, 2013

The Bulldogs may have an issue scor­ing goals early in the sea­son as their end­less com­bi­na­tions of for­ward lines get acquainted.

What Ferris State should not have is an issue pre­vent­ing them.

The defen­sive play­ers are so highly skilled that head coach Bob Daniels put sopho­more defense­men Brandon Anselmini at for­ward against St. Lawrence.

There may be an issue get­ting all of the guys in the rota­tion. The Bulldogs have nine defense­men on the ros­ter, and they all are col­lege hockey ready. Daniels has dressed fresh­men defense­man Ryan Lowney mul­ti­ple times and is show­ing a lot of faith in him by pair­ing him with junior Jason Binkley.

“It’s def­i­nitely some­thing to get used to,” Lowney said. “It seems to get bet­ter as the games go on. It’s awe­some; he’s got a lot of experience.”

Following a solid fresh­man cam­paign, Zach Dorer has come to expect more respon­si­bil­ity and play­ing time.

“I’ve been pair­ing with Connor Schmidt, he and I work pretty well together,” Dorer said. “We all work together really well. [Schmidt] is a lit­tle more offen­sive and I’m more defensive.”

The defen­sive staff will stand out for lots of turnover with very few adjust­ment issues through­out the sea­son. All nine of the defense­men have played.

Only sopho­more Brandon Anselmini, juniors Simon Denis and Jason Binkley and senior cap­tain Scott Czarnowczan have played all five games so far.

The Bulldogs have built a for­mi­da­ble defen­sive fortress in front of the Ferris goal­tend­ing group and will ride that for much of the season.