Now just a couple days away from beginning his fourth season behind the bench, his vision is becoming reality. It really began to show last season in what was a great run which saw the Spartans capture their 11th CCHA championship, there 24th NCCA Tournament appearance and got within 1 goal of reaching the frozen four for an 11th time.
Last year's freshmen class really embodied what Coach Comley expected; speed great puck skills and more speed. Everyone knows the old saying a good defense is a great offense and in the case of last years Spartan hockey team that was gospel.
This year's freshmen class may not be as big numbers wise but dare I say just as if not more skilled:
Mike Ratchuk: Defensemen 5'11 177lbs Shoots: Left In a word this kid is exciting, great skill…offensive minded defensemen and will add even more spark to an already potent Spartan offense. Mike was named best defensemen of the five nations tournament in Russia in 2006, helped team USA win gold at the 2006 International Federation under 18 World Championships. Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2006 NHL draft.
Justin Johnston: Forward 6'0 172lbs
A very well rounded overall player who skates and moves the puck very well, and will help out in special teams but will also give the Spartans more depth and skill at what is an already talented group of forwards.
Bobby Jarosz: Goaltender 6'0 177lbs
Brought into the fold after Dominic Vicari left earlier this year that is pursuing a pro contract. Bobby is a very hard working net minder who will not be rushed into playing time. Coaches expect steady improvement as he adjusts to the college game. Net minder of the future.
Jay Sprague: Forward 6'3 217lbs.
Great understanding of the game, big and strong …looks for him to flourish in on the penalty unit.
Matt Schepke: Forward 5'11 207lbs
Another skilled forward for the green and white who can play center or on the left wing and shoots the puck very well. Look for contributions from Matt on the power play.
Ryan Turek: Forward/Defensemen 6'0 173lbs.
A tremendous skater with or with out the puck, will add another demension in team speed and can play both forward or defense, much like Tyler Howells did last year for the Spartans. Was selected in the fourth round (94th overall) by the Saint Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL draft.