Weekly Game Notes 13-14: Ohio State at Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 20-21) -- Friday @ 7:05 p.m. (EST) and Saturday @ 5:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Video Radio Broadcast: WWBR Big Country 100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action. 
TV Television: Ferris Television (Friday Game Only - Tape Delay)
Video Live Video Webcast:B2 Networks 

The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, which is coming off a productive four-point series against the nation's top-ranked team, is in action this weekend (Nov. 20-21) as the Bulldogs play host to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) set at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The series opener gets underway this Friday (Nov. 20) at 7:05 p.m. (EST) while the puck will drop for Saturday's (Nov. 21) tilt at 5:05 p.m. (EST).  The contests represent the first two of a 2009-10 four-game regular season series between the two teams as the Bulldogs will travel to Columbus, Ohio, in late January to take on the Buckeyes.   

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.

Bulldog Hockey Promotions: This Friday's (Nov. 20) game represents Bulldog mascot Brutus' birthday party along with jersey night and club sport night for FSU students.  The 2 for 22 and 3 for 33 ticket package is being offered with drink coupons for after the game.  This Saturday (Nov. 21) will feature Community School Award Night in which kids will receive free admission to the game if they present their certificate at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office prior to the contest.  The students will be introduced along with their award during the game.  FSU students are encouraged to wear camouflage in conjunction with the current November firearm deer season.  Following the game, selected Bulldog hockey student-athletes will be available to sign autographs.  

Deer Hunter Spouse Special: In recognition of deer season and the hunters at deer camp, coupons and ticket discounts for ladies in groups ($6 per ticket) is being offered for this Saturday's (Nov. 21) game as part of Ladies Night.  The first 50 women in attendance will also receive a free seat cushion.  

The Telecast: Ferris Television will air this Friday's (Nov. 20) weekend series opener versus Ohio State on a tape delayed basis.  The televised contest represents the second of three Ferris Television games for the 2009 portion of the Bulldogs' 2009-10 schedule. 

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 will be available for all 2009-10 FSU men's ice hockey home games through B2 Networks for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on B2 Networks icon).  Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home contests.  This weekend's series at Alaska will be featured on B2 Networks. 

The Records: Ferris State is 7-3-2 overall and is 2-2-2-(2) in the CCHA action this season following a pair of overtime shootout victories over nationally top-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Nov. 13-14) at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.  FSU came from behind to register a 2-2 overtime tie in last Friday's (Nov. 13) series opener before prevailing 1-0 in a three-player shootout to earn two CCHA points.  The Bulldogs then netted a 1-1 overtime tie versus the RedHawks in Saturday's (Nov. 14) rematch which went on to feature a league-record 22 skaters in a 2-1 shootout decision for FSU.  Ferris State, which has generated a current 6-0-0 home mark this season, is listed for the second consecutive week among other teams receiving votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online, Inside College Hockey.com, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for Nov. 16.  Ferris State compiled a 12-19-7 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 9-14-5-(2) CCHA ledger. 

Ohio State improved to 5-6-1 overall and 4-3-1-(1) in the CCHA following a league series sweep of Western Michigan by 4-2 scores last weekend (Nov. 13-14) at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Buckeyes have a current three-game winning streak and sport a 1-2-1 mark in away outings.  OSU posted a 23-15-4 overall record last season, which included a fifth-place 13-11-4-(3) CCHA mark.  The Buckeyes dropped an 8-3 decision to 2009 national champion Boston University in the first round (3/28) of the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament at Manchester, N.H. 

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 276-324-65 (.464) - (22-27-4 vs. Ohio State - 15-10-3 Home, 7-16-1 Away, 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.

Ohio State - John Markell (Bowling Green State, 1979), 15th season, 270-255-51 (.513) - (24-19-3 vs. Ferris State).  Markell has led the Buckeyes to six NCAA Tournament appearances and boasts seven 20-or-more win seasons during his tenure at OSU.  He was the 1997-98 CCHA Coach of the Year and a runner-up for national coach of the year honors.

Scouting Ohio State: The Buckeyes are paced in scoring by sophomore forward Zac Dalpe (5-6=11), junior forward John Albert (3-6=9), and junior defenseman Shane Sims (2-6=8).  Dalpe was a 2008-09 CCHA All-Rookie Team pick.  Sophomore Cal Heeter (4-1-1, 2.15 GAA, .928sv%) and junior Dustin Carlson (1-5-0, 2.36 GAA, .925sv%) are the primary goaltenders.  OSU ranks third nationally in scoring offense (3.73 gpg.) and is 29th in scoring defense (2.73 gpg.).  Ohio State currently ranks 19th in scoring defense (2.42 gpg.) nationally and is tied for 40th in scoring offense (2.42 gpg.).

The All-Time Series: Ohio State holds a 56-41-12 advantage over Ferris State in the all-time series which originated in the 1978-79 season.  The Bulldogs are 27-22-4 at home, 14-33-8 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites versus the Buckeyes.  Ferris State is 6-1-1 in its last eight matchups with Ohio State, which includes a 6-2 loss and a 2-2 overtime tie in last season's (1/16-17/09) two-game set in Big Rapids.  Prior to the home setback, FSU had won the previous six outings versus the Buckeyes.  Six of the last eight meetings have been determined by two goals or more with the Bulldogs producing a 5-1-0 mark in such contests.  FSU is 21-30-12 in games decided by two goals or less (14-12-4 at home) and 20-26-0 in contests decided by three goals or more (13-11-0 at home).  The Bulldogs have registered an 11-7-3 record in November encounters against Ohio State, which includes a 6-4-1 home ledger.

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.

League-Record Shootout: A CCHA-record 11 rounds was held in last Saturday's (11/14) shootout at Miami (Ohio) before sophomore defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) netted the decisive goal on the Bulldogs' 11th attempt.  Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) allowed MU's initial shootout goal before denying the next 10 attempts by the RedHawks, who dropped a 2-1 shootout decision.  

The Life of Riley: Senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has produced a squad-best 10 points (8-2=10) in 12 games this season, which features four multiple-point game performances.  Riley, who accounted for both FSU goals in last Friday's (11/13) 2-2 overtime tie at Miami (Ohio), has recorded three two-goal game efforts this season.  Riley's team-high eight goals this season surpasses his seven lamplighters (7-9=16) in 37 outings a season ago.  His career single-season best is 14 markers (14-10=24) in 36 contests for the 2007-08 campaign.

Starting On Track: Sophomore goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is 4-1-1 with a 1.79 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) and a .933 saves percentage (152 saves) in his his initial seven appearances this season.  A season ago in his first seven outings, Nelson was 3-2-2 in net while registering a 2.81 goals-against average (20 goals allowed) and had an .891 saves percentage (163 saves).

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle's 39 saves in last Saturday's (11/14) overtime tie at Miami (Ohio) represented both a season and career high, eclipsing his 36 stops in a 3-1 home league win over Miami in the 2007-08 season (2/16).  Nagle currently ranks 15th among the Bulldogs' all-time saves leaders with 1,089 career saves and is 78 away from tying Dave Swierpel (1975-77; 1,167 career saves) for 14th-place honors.  Nagle has compiled 30 or more saves in a game on 15 occasions to date.

Getting Defensive: Ferris State's 7-3-2 record may be attributed to the Bulldogs' defense which has allowed only 21 goals this season compared to 34 a season ago following the team's initial 12 contests.  FSU two netminders, Pat Nagle and Taylor Nelson, have combined for a 1.70 goals-against average and a .937 saves percentage (311 total saves) this campaign.  A season ago, the pair posted a 2.78 goals-against average and an .898 saves percentage (300 total saves).

Home Cookin': Ferris State has outscored its opponent 25-10 in its six home contests this season, which includes a 13-3 second-period advantage.  The Bulldogs have also outshot the opposition by an 88 shot margin (239 to 151).  FSU has converted 25.0% (9-36) of its power-play opportunities while the penalty-kill unit is operating at 94.4% (34-36) efficiency on its home ice.

Second Best: Sophomore center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) and freshman center Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) have been at their best offensively during a contest's second period this season.  Graham has totaled five points (1-4=5) in the second 20 minutes of regulation while Kirzinger has recorded four points (2-2=4) in the specific period.

Back On Track: Freshman left wing Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with an assist in last Saturday's 1-1 overtime tie against Miami (Ohio).  Bonis totaled two points (1-1=2) in his collegiate debut at Canisius (10/9).

Solid Month: The Bulldogs have posted a combined 7-3-3 record for November contests dating back to last season.  FSU generated a 5-3-1 in November 2009 contests and were 4-1-1 on the road.

Did You Know?: Seven (5-2=7) of Blair Riley's 10 points (8-2=10) 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 will be idle for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend before returning to the ice the following weekend, Dec. 4-5, for a two-game CCHA series against the nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.  The two games will likely represent UNO's final appearances against the Bulldogs as a CCHA-member school as the Mavericks will officially join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in the 2010-11 season.  

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 Look: 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 (Traverse City) was 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.  An overtime tie will be awarded one point while a shootout win will earn a team an additional 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.

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