January 19, 2010

Weekly Game Notes 25-26: Ferris State vs. Michigan

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THIS WEEK:
vs. Michigan Wolverines

Friday (Jan. 22) -- 8:05 p.m. (EST) 
Yost Ice Arena (6,637 capacity) - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saturday (Jan. 23) -- 8:05 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. Listen (Friday Game Only)
TV Television: Friday & Saturday - CBS College Sports - DirecTV (channel 613), Dish Network (channel 152), selected cable outlets. 
Video Live Video Webcast:B2 Networks (Saturday Game Only) 

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally eighth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will face off against the Michigan Wolverines this weekend (Jan. 22-23) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series.  The two-game in-state series gets underway this Friday (Jan. 22) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., before concluding on Saturday (Jan. 23) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  Both contests will start at 8:05 p.m. (EST) due to live telecasts.  The series marks the only regular-season matchups between the two teams for the 2009-10 campaign.

On TV : Both of this weekend's (Jan. 22-23) games versus Michigan will be televised live by CBS College Sports.  Matt Shepard will serve as the play-by-announcer with Dave Starman providing color commentary.

Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for the remaining 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 Saturday's (Jan. 23) promotional events will feature Trade with the FSU Pro Shop (15% off with trade) for the community while Ferris State students are encouraged to wear your Ferris State hockey jersey.        

The Radio Broadcast: Both of this weekend's CCHA contests against Michigan 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 is currently 16-6-2 overall record and 10-4-2-2 in the CCHA this season following a pair of home league losses to nationally second-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Jan. 15-16) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs suffered a 4-0 setback to the RedHawks in last Friday's (Jan. 15) opener before coming up short in a 5-4 decision in Saturday's (Jan. 16) finale.  Ferris State is 11-3-2 in its last 16 outings to date.  This week (Jan. 18), Ferris State is ranked eighth by U.S. College Hockey Online.com while the Bulldogs are listed ninth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine's poll, and 12th 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.). 

Michigan is 13-10-1 overall with an 8-7-1-0 CCHA mark this season after going 1-0-1 last weekend (1/15-16) in a two-game league home set against Alaska at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The Wolverines posted a 6-0 win over the Nanooks in last Friday's (1/15)opener before skating to a 3-3 overtime tie in Saturday's (1/16) as Alaska would claim the shootout (1-0).  UM, which is unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1), is listed among teams receiving votes in two of the three national college hockey polls this week.  A season ago, the Wolverines posted a 29-12-0 overall record with a second-place tying 20-8-0-0 CCHA ledger. 

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.

Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 26th season, 686-320-69 (.670) - (57-22-2 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM's all-time winningest coach and currently ranks seventh on college hockey's coaching wins list.  Berenson is one of eight head coaches in college hockey history to compile 600 wins.  He's a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year.

Scouting Michigan: Junior forwards Carl Hagelin (12-15=27) and Matt Rust (8-14=22) lead UM in scoring.  Junior Bryan Hogan (13-9-1, .2.24 GAA, .902sv%) is the Wolverines' primary goaltender.  Nationally, UM is ninth in scoring defense (2.29 gpg.), fourth in penalty killing (88.5%), 19th in scoring offense (3.21 gpg.), and 22nd in power-play efficiency (20.3%).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series against Michigan this weekend will represent the 92nd and 93rd meetings between the two teams with the Wolverines having a 61-27-3 lead.  The Bulldogs are 10-36-0 on the road, 17-23-2 at home, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites against Michigan.  The Wolverines swept last season's (2/27-28) home-and-home series, prevailing 6-1 at Ferris State (2/27) and 4-0 at home (2/28).  UM is 9-2-1 in the last 12 contests against Ferris State.  The Bulldogs are averaging 2.00 goals an outing (10 total) in the last five meetings while the Wolverines are scoring at a 4.80 goals (24 total) per game clip.  FSU is 6-19-1 all-time in January encounters - 2-13-0 on the road and 4-6-1 at home.            

What A Start!: Ferris State's 16-6-2 record (.708) this season represents the third best start in the program's history.  The mark trails only the 1979-80 squad's 19-5-0 start and the record-setting 2002-03 team's 17-6-1 record through the first 24 outings.  The 2002-03 squad would go on to register a school-best 31-10-1 overall record as the Bulldogs 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's school-record 12 league game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) was snapped with its 4-0 home league loss to second-ranked Miami last Friday (1/15).  The home defeat also snapped the Bulldogs' 11-game home unbeaten string as well.  Prior to that setback, FSU hadn'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 represented the program's longest ever and eclipsed the 1990-91 squad's 11 league game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) under then head coach Bob Mancini.  The 1990-91 FSU team compiled a 23-14-5 overall record, which included a third-place 15-12-5 CCHA mark.

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. 

Point Streak Ends: Blair Riley's 10-game point streak ended in last Friday's (1/15) 4-0 loss to Miami as the Bulldog forward went scoreless for the first time since Nov. 14 at Miami.  In those 10-games, Riley accumulated a combined 16 points (8-8=16).  He has tallied at least a point in 16 of FSU's 24 outing this season, which includes a team-leading eight multiple-point game efforts.

Productive Line: FSU's top forward line comprised of seniors Blair Riley (16-11=27), Casey Haines (5-15=20), and Cody Chupp (7-15=22) have presently accounted for 30.3% (69-228) of the team's points output and 34.6% (28-81) of its goal-scoring production this campaign.

Mighty Casey: Senior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) is midst his best season at Ferris State this campaign with career season bests in points (20), assists (15), and game-winning goals (3).  In 24 outings this season, Haines has posted at least a point in 15 2009-10 contests which includes in 10 of his last 12 outings.  He has chalked up 13 points (3-10=13) in those 12 games.

Feast or Famine: Senior center-right wing Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has chalked up five points (2-3=5) in his last four outings.  In his previous 20 games this season, Lewicki generated nine points (5-4=9).  Lewicki has produced 14 points (7-7=14) in 24 outings this season and is six points away from matching his career season-high of 20 points (10-10=20) set in 37 contests for the 2008-09 campaign. 

Opponents Seeing Red: Junior defenseman Zach Redmond's (Traverse City) 20 points (4-16=20) in 24 games this season already surpasses his 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 outings during his 2007-08 freshman campaign.  Redmond is four points away from matching his career season-best 24 points (3-21=24) set in 38 contests for the 2008-09 season.

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.

On The Road: Ferris State is averaging 2.56 goals per game in its nine away encounters this season (23 total) to the opposition's 1.67 goals an outing (15 total), a difference of 0.89 goals an outing.  The Bulldogs are operating at 11.4% (5-44) efficiency on the power play and 83.7% (41-49) in penalty killing.

At Home: Ferris State is averaging 4.00 goals per game in its 13 home contests this season (52 total) to the opposition's 2.23 goals an outing (29 total), a difference of 1.77 goals an outing.  The Bulldogs are operating at 26.4% (23-87) power play efficiency and are at 93.3% (70-75) on the penalty kill.

Scoring Leaders: Ferris State presently has 10 skaters with double-digit points totals this season, led by Blair Riley's team-leading 27 points (16-11=27) in 24 appearances.  Those 10 individuals have combined to produce 71.5% (163-228) of the teams' points production and 69.1% (56-81) of the Bulldogs' goal-scoring output this campaign.

Climbing The Charts: Senior Cody Chupp presently ranks 37th among Ferris State's all-time points leaders with 87 career points (33-54=87) and is also tied for 40th place with his 54 career helpers in 133 contests.  Fellow senior Blair Riley is currently tied for 32nd place on FSU's all-time goal-scoring chart with 40 career lamplighters in 131 outings.

Winning and Losing: The Bulldogs have tallied 70 goals (70 to 26) in their 16 victories this season while scoring eight markers (eight to 22) in the team's six losses.  Ferris State has outscored its opponent 24-5 in the third period when victorious and have been outscored 9-3 in the second period when the outcome favors the opposition.  Individually, Blair Riley has a team-best 22 points (13-9=22) in the FSU victories while Cody Chupp has registered 20 points (7-13=20) in those 16 wins.  Four skaters have generated a team-high three points in the Bulldogs' six setbacks this campaign.

Shooting Display: Ferris State has outshot the opposition in nine of its last 12 contests to date, which includes three of its last five outings.  The Bulldogs are averaging 34.1 shots per game (409 total) in that 12-game span while their opponent has averaged 29.3 shots an outing (351 total).  Ferris has totaled more shots than its opponent in 17 of the team's 24 contests this campaign.  FSU has generated at least 40 or more shots in six games this 2009-10 campaign, including a season-best 52 versus Robert Morris (10/24).

Versus Ranked Teams: The Bulldogs are 2-5-2 (.333) against nationally-ranked teams this season, which includes a 0-3-2 (.200) road/neutral site ledger.  FSU suffered a pair of league losses at 16th-ranked Alaska (3-1 and 3-2 in overtime) on Oct. 30-31 before skating to a pair of overtime ties (2-2 and 1-1) at top-ranked Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 13-14.  Ferris recorded a pair of home wins over 18th-ranked Nebraska-Omaha (Dec. 4-5) - 2-0 and 3-1.  Recently, FSU suffered a 6-1 loss to eighth-ranked Yale at the Badger Hockey Showdown (Jan. 2) and a pair of home setbacks (4-0 and 5-4) to second-ranked Miami this past weekend (Jan. 15-16).

Home Improvement: Ferris State's Ewigleben (pronounced A-VAH-glay-vin) Ice Arena underwent a 3.3 million dollar renovation project in the summer of 2008.  Renovations included new rink slabs for both the main and half ice sheets along with new dasher boards and installation of tempered glass panels.  Locker room renovations, new lighting along with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment were installed.

Pat On The Back: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is one win away from matching his career single-season high eight victories (8-7-0) set in 16 appearances as a freshman in the 2007-08 campaign.  Nagle currently has compiled a 7-4-1 mark between the posts in 13 contests this season.  The netminder presently ranks tied for 12th among Ferris State's all-time leaders in career victories (22) and is listed 14th in saves (1,230).

Shootouts: The Bulldogs are 2-0-0 in league shootouts this season with both occurring against then nationally top-ranked Miami (Nov. 13-14).  FSU claimed a 1-0 shootout victory in the series opener (11/13) on the RedHawks' ice with Zach Redmond tallying the lone goal in the shootout after the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime deadlock.  Ferris then registered a league-record 2-1 shootout triumph in the finale (11/14) following a 1-1 overtime tie.  A CCHA-record 22 skaters participated in the shootout before FSU sophomore defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) scored the decisive goal.

Productive Season: Junior right wing Todd Pococke (Saginaw) has recorded a career season-best nine points (4-5=9) in 23 games this season, which surpasses his three points (2-1=3) in a combined 39 outings during his initial two collegiate campaigns (2007-08 and 2008-09).

Blueline Scoring: FSU's eight defensemen have produced 29.8% (68-228) of the Bulldogs' total points production this season while accounting for 13.6% (11-81) of their goal scoring.  The top two scoring defenders, Zach Redmond (4-16=20) and Brett Wysopal (2-13=15) have combined for 51.5% (35-68) of the team's points among the FSU blueline corps.

Coaching Ties: Ferris State has served as a steping stone for several coaches currently in the collegiate ranks.  Those head coaches with current Bulldog ties include Michigan Tech's Jamie Russell and Seth Appert of Rensselaer along with assistant coaches Trevor Large of Army and Denver's Derek Lalonde.  Seth Appert was a four-year (1992-96) FSU letterwinner at the goaltender position while Trevor Large (2000-04) played for at forward for the Bulldogs and was a member of the Ferris' 2002-03 CCHA Championship squad. 

Looking Ahead: Ferris State concludes the month of January by visiting the Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend, Jan. 29-30, in a two-game CCHA series.  The puck will drop for both games at 7:05 p.m. (EST) inside OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Bulldogs swept a two-game set versus the Buckeyes earlier this season (Nov. 20-21) in Big Rapids, winning 8-1 and 6-5 in overtime. 

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.

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