With the completion of the four 2010 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoff First-Round series, the nationally 14th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks this next weekend (March 12-14) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The first two playoff contests and the third, if necessary, will begin at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in the best-of-three series. For tickets, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit startickets.com.
Ferris State is currently sports a 19-11-6 overall record and captured third place in the CCHA regular-season standings with a 13-9-6-4 conference ledger. The Bulldogs' 19 wins total this season to date marks the seventh highest season victories output in the program's history.
Nebraska-Omaha, which is presently 20-14-6 overall and posted a sixth-place 13-12-3-2 league record this season, is advancing to the quarterfinal round after registering a pair of 6-1 victories over Bowling Green State this past weekend (March 5-6) in a first-round best-of-three series at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. This season represents the final one for UNO as a CCHA member as the Mavericks will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) starting with the 2010-11 season.
Ferris State swept both games in the 2009-10 regular season (Dec. 4-5), winning 2-0 and 3-1 over the 18th nationally-ranked Mavericks in Big Rapids. A season ago (March 6-7), Nebraska-Omaha eliminated FSU in the opening round of the 2009 CCHA Playoffs by recording 3-0 and 5-2 home victories over the Bulldogs in the best-of-three postseason series.
The winner of this weekend's series will advance to the 2010 CCHA Championships Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Games times for Friday's, March 19, semifinal-round matchups are scheduled for 4:35 p.m. (EST) and 8:05 p.m. (EST). The third-place game and the Mason Cup Championship tilts will be held Saturday, March 20, at 3:35 p.m. (EST) and 7:35 p.m. (EST), respectively.
The other three second-round CCHA Playoff series feature No. 8 Ohio State at No. 1 Miami, No. 7 Michigan at No. 2 Michigan State, and No. 5 Alaska at No. 4 Northern Michigan.