|Friedman isn't joining BG this season (09-13-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Assistant Sports Editor|
|Friday, 13 September 2013 09:33|
Mark Friedman's debut with the Bowling Green Falcon hockey team has been delayed one season.
The defenseman did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and is playing for Waterloo of the United States (Junior) Hockey League this season, BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
Friedman, who would have been a freshman this fall, is now expected to join BG for the 2014-15 season.
"He was a few core courses shy of where he needed to be," Bergeron said. "He is on track to being eligible next year at this time."
Friedman, who is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, is a skilled defenseman who was expected to provide BG with offense from the blueline. He also was expected to skate on the power play.
He had 13 goals and 29 assists in 69 games at Waterloo last season.
"Other guys are going to have to contribute offensively," Bergeron said. "Every one of our defensemen, some how, some way, we need them to contribute offensively without sacrificing their defensive commitment."
The extra year of junior hockey may benefit Friedman, who won't turn 18 until Christmas Day.
BG also added forward Pierre-Luc Mercier to its freshmen class late this summer.
Mercier (6-0, 168) had 27 goals and 30 assists in 33 games last season for the Andre-Laurendeau Boomerang in Quebec last season.
The French-speaking Mercier turns 21 in November and is from Verdun, Quebec.
"He's a bigger guy who is figuring out the off-ice commitment and what it takes in the weight room and on the track," Bergeron said. "On the ice, he's a guy who can play. His hands are pretty good and he gets around the ice pretty well.
"We'll see what that means once we start to practice and really elevate the intensity on a daily basis."
BG has five freshmen this season, the fewest of Bergeron's four-year tenure.
The others are goalie Tomas Sholl, defenseman Sean Walker, and forwards Kevin Dufour and Matt Pohlkamp.
"They've been really good," Bergeron said. "What we're seeing is where their conditioning and strength are, and we're seeing how they're fitting in with the other people and the Bowling Green lifestyle. They're all great kids and they're all committed to this. The initial indications are they're going to be everything we want them to be."
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