Weekly Game Notes 23-24: Miami (Ohio) at Ferris State
vs. #2 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks
Friday & Saturday (Jan. 15-16) -- Friday @ 7:05 p.m. (EST) and Saturday @ 5:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will put its current school-record 12 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) unbeaten streak on the line this weekend (Jan. 15-16) as the Bulldogs host the second-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in a battle for sole possession of first place in the CCHA standings. The two-game set will be held at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The puck drops for this Friday's (Jan. 15) series opener at 7:05 p.m. (EST) while Saturday's (Jan. 16) rematch is slated for a 5:05 p.m. (EST) start time in what will mark the final 2009-10 regular-season meeting between the two teams.
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. Those fans wishing to attend one of the Bulldogs' remaining seven regular-season home games at a savings may do so through the "Home Stretch Special" ticket package.
Bulldog Hockey Promotions: This Friday's (Jan. 15) contest will be Canadian Lakes Night which includes transportation, dinner, and ticket along with Big Rapids Products for the community. The FSU Education and Human Services Department will be recognized while Ferris State students are encouraged to participate in a blood drive and wear their Bulldog hockey jersey. The game on Saturday (Jan. 16) will be General Mills/Yoplait Night for the community. Ferris State students are encouraged to wear their beach wear as part of Tan Line's sponsored Beach Theme and Pathfinders' Spring Break Special Promotions. Following the game, selected Bulldog hockey student-athletes will be available to sign autographs.
The Radio Broadcast: Both of this weekend's CCHA contests against Miami (Ohio) 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.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 16-4-2 overall record and 10-2-2-2 in the CCHA this season as the Bulldogs swept a league two-game series against Notre Dame this past weekend (Jan. 9-10) at UND's Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind. Ferris State claimed a 5-2 victory over the Fighting Irish in last Saturday's (Jan. 9) series opener before registering a 4-2 decision Sunday (Jan. 10) in the finale. FSU is midst a school-record 12 league game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) while sporting an 11-1-2 mark in its last 14 games. This week (Jan. 11), Ferris State is ranked a season-high sixth in U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll while the Bulldogs are listed seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, and 10th by Inside College Hockey.com. FSU concluded the 2008-09 season at 12-19-7 overall while compiling a ninth-place 9-14-5-2 CCHA mark (25 pts.).
Miami (Ohio) is 13-4-5 overall and has a 10-1-3-1 CCHA mark this season after suffering a pair of non-league losses to Robert Morris last weekend (Jan. 8 & 10) in a home-and-home series. Miami dropped a 3-1 decision to the Colonials in Friday's (1/8) opener at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa., and then was dealt a 2-1 home loss in Sunday's (Jan. 10) finale at MU's Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks dropped to second nationally this week (Jan. 11) in both the U.S. College Hockey Online.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The RedHawks are listed fourth this week in Inside College Hockey.com's poll. Miami, who finished 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 in the national title game.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 285-325-65 (.470) - (16-25-9 vs. Miami - 9-11-3 Home, 7-13-6 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.
Miami (Ohio) - Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 11th season, 223-155-38 (.582) - (13-8-5 vs. Ferris State). Blasi, the schools' 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): The RedHawks have seven players with double-digit points totals, led by junior forwards Tommy Wingels (10-11=21), Carter Camper (9-11=20), and Andy Miele (7-12=19). Camper earned both All-America Second Team and All-CCHA First-Team laurels last season. Sophomore goaltender Cody Reichard (10-2-2, 1.47 GAA, .933sv%) leads the nation in goals-against average and ranks third in save percentage nationally. The RedHawks are the national leader in scoring defense (1.77 gpg.) while ranking sixth in penalty killing (88.0%), seventh in scoring margin (1.18), eighth in penalty minutes (17.4 avg.), 25th in power-play efficiency (19.5%), and tied for 30th in scoring offense (2.95 gpg.).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Miami will square off for the 96th and 97th times this weekend in a series which the RedHawks hold a 41-39-15 advantage. FSU is 19-18-8 at home, 20-21-7 on the road, and 0-2-0 at neutral sites versus Miami. The Bulldogs skated to a pair of overtime ties (2-2 and 1-1) before prevailing in both league shootouts by 1-0 and 2-1 scores against the RedHawks in a two-game set earlier this season (Nov. 13-14) at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Ferris State is 3-0-3 in its last six matchups versus Miami after dropping the previous six contests. Twenty six of the last 29 meetings have been decided by two goals or less with 13 of the last 21 outings decided by one goal or less. FSU is 3-5-0 (.375) in its last eight outings versus the RedHawks and is averaging 2.88 goals per game (23 total) during that span. The Bulldogs are 11-9-4 in January encounters against Miami, which includes a 5-7-2 home mark.
What A Start!: Ferris State's 16-4-2 record (.773) this season represents its second best start in the program's history. The mark only trails the 1979-80 squad's 17-5-0 start and is better than the record-setting 2002-03 team's 16-5-1 record through their first 22 outings. The 2002-03 squad went on to register a school-best 31-10-1 overall record as that Bulldog squad claimed the school's first-ever CCHA regular-season championship title along with making the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
CCHA Win Streak: Ferris State has a current school-record 12 league game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) after posting a 4-2 league victory at Notre Dame last Sunday (1/10). FSU hasn't suffered a CCHA setback since Oct. 31 when Alaska skated to a 3-2 overtime win over the Bulldogs in Fairbanks, Alaska. The league win string is the program's longest and eclipses the 1990-91 squad's 11 league game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) under then head coach Bob Mancini. The 1990-91 FSU team went on to register a 23-14-5 overall record, which included a third-place 15-12-5 CCHA mark.
Did You Know?: Ferris State's season-high sixth-place national ranking this week (1/11) in the U.S. College Hockey Online.com Poll represents the program's highest ranking since the historic 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs wrapped up the campaign ranked sixth in the nation.
Hobey Baker Award Candidate: Senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) is a 2009-10 season candidate for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award which is awarded annually to college hockey's top player. Riley is among 70 candidates for the Award and the popular fan-voting phase is currently open at the Hobey Baker website - www.hobeybaker.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make a selection from this year's outstanding group of college hockey players. Riley leads the Bulldogs in points (26) and goals (16) this season to date while also presently tying for second-place honors among the CCHA's top points producers in overall scoring.
Impressive Point String: Blair Riley has presently tallied at least a point in his last 10 contests after notching a point apiece in last weekend's (1/9-10) two-game set at Notre Dame. The FSU forward picked up an assist in last Saturday's (1/9) series opener and then netted the game-winner with an early third-period lamplighter in Sunday's (1/10) triumph over the Fighting Irish. Riley has racked up a combined 16 points (8-8=16) in that 10-game period and generated at least a point in 15 contests this season, which includes eight multiple-point game efforts.
Productive Line: FSU's top forward line of seniors Blair Riley (16-10=26), Casey Haines (5-14=19), and Cody Chupp (7-15=22) have currently accounted for 31.0% (67-216) of the team's points production and 36.4% (28-77) of the its goal-scoring output this campaign. The trio have generated 30.1% (41-136) of the Bulldogs' points in their 11 home outings this season and also have accounted for 37.5% (18-48) of the squad's goals scored at home.
League Weekly Kudos: Junior Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has earned CCHA Defenseman of the Week recognition for the third time this season after being tabbed as this week's (1/11) recipient. Redmond had a three-point series at Notre Dame (1/9-10), which included the game-winning score in Saturday's (1/9) 5-2 win en route to receiving CCHA Perani Cup First Star of the Game honors. The two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention pick also chipped in with a pair of assists in the two-game league series versus the Fighting Irish.
Let's Compare: This season's team is currently averaging 3.50 goals per game (77 total) thru its first 22 games compared to the 2002-03 squad's 4.68 goals (103 total). Defensively, FSU has allowed an average of 1.91 goals a game (42 total) this season in comparison to the the 2002-03 team's 2.27 goals an outing average (50 total). Blair Riley has a team-best 16 goals this campaign which equalled the 2002-03's top goal scorers - All-American Chris Kunitz (16 goals) and Jeff Legue (16 goals) through 22 outings.
Pat On The Back: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is currently in a three-way tie for 12th place on Ferris State's all-time winningest netminders list after registering his 22th career win in Sunday's (1/10) tilt at Notre Dame. Nagle has posted a current 22-20-4 career mark in 49 appearances. The 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention performer is presently 7-2-1 in net this season and is one win shy of matching his career season-best eight wins (8-7-0) set in 16 2007-08 contests.
INCH Salutes The Bulldogs: Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) has listed Ferris State as its surprise team in the online services' 2009-10 CCHA Midseason Report. Blair Riley was chosen as the league's surprise individual while the senior foward along with Zach Redmond were both named to the INCH's First Half All-CCHA Team.
Among An Elite Group: FSU has made College Hockey News' Midseason Rankings as the Bulldogs are listed 10th within the top 10 rankings. Yale and Wisconsin were ranked eighth and fourth, respectively. Miami (Ohio) is ranked first and joins Ferris as the only CCHA teams.
No Place Like Home: Ferris State's 11-0-0 home start this season matches 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. FSU has outscored its opponent by 28 goals (48-20) at home to date.
Looking Ahead: Ferris State will face the Michigan Wolverines next weekend, Jan. 22-23, in a CCHA home-and-home series with both contests being televised live by CBS College Sports. The Bulldogs visit the Wolverines next Friday (Jan. 22) for the opener at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., with an 8:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff. The two teams then return to Big Rapids, Mich., on Saturday (Jan. 23) in the series finale at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena. The contest is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. (EST) start and for ticket information, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
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 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.
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. An overtime tie and a shootout win will be worth one point apiece. A loss in either the regulation or overtime period 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 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.