Weekly Game Notes 11-12: Ferris State at Miami (Ohio)
at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 13-14) -- Friday @ 7:35 p.m. (EST) and Saturday @ 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Steve Cady Arena (4,000 capacity) - Oxford, Ohio
Live Game Statistics: Friday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR Big Country 100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action. Listen
Television: Ohio News Network (ONN) (Both Games) - NHL Network (Friday Game Only)
Live Video Webcast: Miami All-Access
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will take on the nation's top-ranked team this weekend (Nov. 13-14) as the Bulldogs skate against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. This Friday's (Nov. 13) Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) weekend series opener will start at 7:35 p.m. (EST) while Saturday's (Nov. 14) finale is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff. The two teams will meet again later this season (Jan. 15-16) in a two-game league set at Big Rapids, Mich.
Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2009-10 Bulldog home regular-season hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan and at the Student Services Office in the FSU Rankin Student Center.
The Telecast: The Ohio News Network (ONN), a cable television network in Ohio, will air both of this weekend's contests at Miami (Ohio). ONN is seen in more than 1.7 million households statewide, including the major markets of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Columbus. This Friday's contest will also be televised on the NHL Network (DirecTV channel 215, Dish Network channel 403 and most U.S. cable systems).
The Radio Broadcast: Almost all of Ferris State's 2009-10 games will be broadcast live by radio station Big Country WWBR-100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action.
Video Webcast: A live video and audio webcast is available for both games of this weekend's series against Miami on the RedHawks' Athletics Website at http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=mioh.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 7-3-0 overall and is 2-2-0-(0) in CCHA action this season after registering a league series sweep of Bowling Green State this last weekend (Nov. 6-7) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. FSU registered a 5-1 win over the Falcons last Friday (Nov. 6) in the series opener and then earned a 3-2 victory in Saturday's (Nov. 7) finale. The Bulldogs, who are 1-3-0 on the road this season, are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 9) U.S. College Hockey Online, Inside College Hockey.com, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Ferris State compiled a 12-19-7 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 9-14-5-(2) CCHA ledger.
Miami (Ohio) is 8-1-1 overall and 5-1-0-0 in the CCHA following a league series sweep of nationally-ranked Michigan this last weekend (Nov. 6-7) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The RedHawks skated to 3-1 and 5-1 victories over the Wolverines, which marked the first sweep by a road team on Michigan's ice since Oct. 26-27, 2001 (Northern Michigan). MU is the unanimous number-one ranked team this week in all three national college hockey polls. The RedHawks, who were 23-13-5 overall and 17-7-4-2 in the CCHA last season, dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Boston University in the 2009 NCAA National Championship game (4/11) at Washington, D.C. MU's Frozen Four appearance represented the program's first-ever at the national finals.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 276-324-63 (.464) - (16-25-7 vs. Miami - 7-14-3 Away, 9-11-3 Home, 0-1-0 Neutral). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the 2002-03 CCHA Coach of the Year and the Inside College Hockey (INCH) Coach of the Year, but the crowning highlight of his coaching career was being chosen as the recipient of the 2003 Spencer Penrose Award as the ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Miami (Ohio)- Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 11th season, 218-152-33 (.582) - (13-8-3 vs. Ferris State). Blasi, the school's all-time winningest coach, was the recipient of the 2006 Spencer Penrose Award as the AHCA’s Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year and is a three-time winner of the CCHA’s Coach of the Year.
Scouting Miami (Ohio): Senior forward Jarold Palmer (5-7=12) and junior forward Andy Miele (2-9=11) currently lead the RedHawks in scoring. Miele is presently listed in a 25th-place tie nationally in assists (0.90 avg.). Junior forward Carter Camper (3-6=9) was both a 2008-09 All-America Second Team and All-CCHA First-Team honoree. Sophomore goaltender Cody Reichard (7-0-1, 1.58 GAA, .934sv%) ranks fifth nationally in goals-against average and is 10th in save percentage. The RedHawks are tied for sixth in scoring defense (2.00 gpg.), eighth in scoring margin (1.40 gpg.), 11th in penalty minutes (18.0 avg.), and 14th in scoring offense (3.40 gpg.) among the national leaders.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series at Miami this weekend will mark the 94th and 95th meetings in the series which the RedHawks hold a 41-39-13 lead. FSU is 20-21-5 on the road, 19-18-8 at home, and 0-2-0 at neutral sites versus Miami. Last season, Ferris State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in the series opener (11/7) at Oxford, Ohio, as the RedHawks prevailed 1-0 in the shootout. The Bulldogs would go on to register a 2-1 victory over Miami in the series finale (11/8). Ferris State is 4-4-4 (.500) in its last 12 appearances at Miami (Ohio). The Bulldogs are averaging 2.50 goals per outing (30 total) during those 12 outings while the RedHawks have averaged 3.00 goals an outing (36 total) for a 0.50-goal differential. Thirteen of the last 15 meetings have been determined by two goals or less with the Bulldogs generating a 6-5-2 mark (.538) in those encounters. FSU is 10-5-3 all-time in November outings versus Miami, which includes a 6-3-1 road mark.
Home Sweet Home: Ferris State's 6-0-0 home start this season is the program's best since the 1979-80 season when the Bulldogs won their first 11 straight home encounters en route to compiling a 17-5 home mark.
Two Earn CCHA Accolades: Freshman center Travis Ouellette (Windsor, Ontario) and sophomore Brett Wysopal (LaGrange Park, Ill.) have been selected as this week's (11/9) CCHA Rookie and Defenseman of the Week, respectively. Ouellette netted three points (3-0=3) in the Bulldogs' home series sweep of Bowling Green State this last weekend (11/6-7), which included the game-winning goal in last Friday's 5-1 victory over the Falcons (11/6). Wysopal, a Colorado College transfer, scored the game-winning tally in Saturday's (11/7) 3-2 decision on a short-handed marker to go with three assists in the two-game set. The two join junior Zach Redmond (Traverse City), who garnered CCHA Defenseman of the Week kudos (10/26), to achieve weekly league recognition.
Life of Riley: Senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has produced a squad-best tying eight points (6-2=8) in 10 games this season, which includes three multiple-point game performances. A season ago in his initial 10 outings, Riley also generated eight points (4-4=8) to share top team scoring honors.
Within The Cluster: The Bulldogs' are paired with Miami, Ohio State, and Western Michigan in the 2009-10 season as clustermates. The schools will play each other four times and face off with the remaining eight schools in the league twice. FSU's three opponents posted a combined 60-48-16 (.548) record overall, which included a 39-31-14 (.548) league mark. Miami advanced to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four National Championship game.
Balanced Scoring: Twenty one FSU skaters have recorded at least a point this season with the squad's top two scorers to date - Blair Riley (6-2=8) and senior right wing Aaron Lewicki (4-4=8) accounting for 16.8% (16-95) of the Bulldogs' points production this campaign. Sixteen of the 21 players has tallied at least a goal with Blair Riley and Travis Ouellette (5-1=6) producing 33.3% (11-33) of the team's goal-scoring output.
Helping Hand: Aaron Lewicki's three assists versus Bowling Green State last Saturday (11/7) represents a career single-game high, eclipsing his two helpers in a contest on four previous occasions - vs. Union (10/7/06), at Northern Michigan (11/28/08), vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1/30), and at Nebraska-Omaha (3/7). Lewicki has posted eight points (4-4=8) in 10 contests this campaign.
Young Gun: Freshman Travis Ouellette is midst a three-game point string (10/31-11/7) with a combined four points (3-1=4) during that span. Ouellette, who leads all FSU freshmen in scoring this campaign with six points (5-1=6) in nine games, totaled two points (2-0=2) in his initial five outings this season.
Significant Point: Zach Redmond notched his 50th career point in last Friday's (11/6) win against Bowling Green State with an assist on FSU's initial goal. Redmond has presently totaled 50 career points (10-40=50) in 85 contests. Redmond has tallied at least a point in six of his 10 games this season.
Hot Streak: Brett Wysopal has compiled six points (1-5=6) in his last six contests to date, which includes five points (1-4=5) during a current three-game point streak (10/31-11/7).
Did You Know?: Seven (5-2=7) of Blair Riley's eight points (6-2=8) this season have occurred in six home contests. The Bulldog forward has presently amassed 33 career points (19-14=33) in 54 career home outings, which included 10 points (6-4=10) in 16 home appearances for the 2007-08 season.
Looking Ahead: Ferris State continues CCHA action against an Ohio-based school as the Ohio State Buckeyes will pay a visit to Ferris State next weekend (Nov. 20-21) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. Games times are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (EST) with Friday's matchup (Nov. 20) while Saturday's (Nov. 21) contest is slated to commence at 5:05 p.m. (EST). The two-game set represents the first two of four 2009-10 regular-season outings between the two teams.
CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was picked to finish eighth in the 2009-10 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 50 points. The Bulldogs received 314 points in the media poll to place ninth among the 12 conference teams. Points were awarded on a 12-11-10-9, etc., basis. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.
Head of The Class: Senior right wing-center Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) was recently chosen as a candidate for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community, and competition. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 individuals will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community, and competition. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner at the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four to be held in early April at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
New Uniforms: Ferris State is sporting new uniforms this season to comply with the university's graphic standards. The white-colored uniforms feature a Bulldog on the front with crimson color along the shoulders. The crimson-colored uniforms have the wording Ferris State in gold with black trim around the letters. Alternating crimson, gold, and white are along the sleeves for both uniforms.
Returning Firepower: Ferris State returns 11 of its top 14 points leaders from the 2008-09 season, which includes three of the team's leading points producers. Overall, the Bulldogs return 71.1% (64-90) of their goal-scoring output and 72.4% (173-239) of their points production from last season.
Preseason Kudos: Junior defenseman Zach Redmond has been named to the 2009-10 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. The preseason teams were selected by the league's 12 head coaches and coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players. The 2008-09 FSU Most Valuable Player finished second among last season's team scoring leaders with a career season-best 24 points on three goals and a squad-high 21 assists in 38 contests. Redmond also earned honorable mention accolades on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team.
Leading The Way: Cody Chupp will serve as Ferris State's team captain for the second consecutive season. Chupp is now the 10th skater in FSU hockey history to don the captain's ‘C' on his jersey for at least two seasons. Chupp, who has amassed 65 career points on 26 goals and 39 assists in 109 games, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the program's Community Service Award. He also was a nominee for the 2009 Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award as college hockey's finest citizen and also earned finalist status for a 2009 National Student-Athlete Day Gian Steps Award in the Civic Leader category.
Well Deserved: Aaron Lewicki, a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) Ferris State CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year pick, was honored as the recipient of the FSU Athletics Department's Jimmy Swears Courage Award for the 2008-09 season. The award is presented to a deserving student-athlete who has used perseverance, dedication and determination to confronting a life-altering situation. Lewicki compiled a team third-most and career season-best 20 points on 10 goals and assists apiece in 37 2008-09 contests.
New Points System: The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced that a regulation time or overtime win will be worth three points in the league standings. A shootout win will be worth two points and a shootout loss one point. A loss in regulation or overtime will receive no points.
TV Exposure: Ferris State will making a combined three national and regional appearances on television this upcoming 2009-10 season. The Bulldogs will be showcased in both games of a home-and-home CCHA series against Michigan (Jan. 22-23) courtesy of CBS College Sports while FS Detroit Plus will air the FSU's home league matchup versus Northern Michigan on Feb. 6. Ferris Television will televise three home CCHA outings in the first half of the 2009-10 season - vs. Bowling Green State (11/6), Ohio State (11/20), and Nebraska-Omaha (12/4). Three more league tilts are tentatively slated to air in the second half of this season - Northern Michigan (2/5), Michigan State (2/19), and Western Michigan (2/26).
Bulldog Hockey Twitbook: All Ferris State Bulldog Hockey fans now can have access to additional information on the 2009-10 team via Twitter at twitter.com/FerrisHockey.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.