at Ohio State Buckeyes
Friday & Saturday (Jan. 29-30) -- 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Value City Arena (17,500 capacity) - Columbus, Ohio
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 10th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will go up against the Ohio State University Buckeyes this weekend (Jan. 29-30) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The puck will drop for both Friday (Jan. 29) and Saturday (Jan. 30) contests at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for Ferris State hockey's four remaining 2009-10 home regular-season contests 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 Radio Broadcast: Both of this weekend's CCHA contests at Ohio State 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 for both of this weekend's games at Ohio State is available through the Big Ten Network for a charge of $2.99 per game. The contests can be accessed on the Big Ten Network's Website at www.bigtennetwork.com.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 17-7-2 overall and 11-5-2-2 (third place) in the CCHA this season with a home-and-home league series split against Michigan last weekend (Jan. 22-23). The Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision to the Wolverines last Friday (Jan. 22) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., before registering a 3-2 victory in Saturday's (Jan. 23) matchup at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State is presently ranked 10th this week (Jan. 25) in both the U.S. College Hockey Online.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine's polls. The Bulldogs are listed 12th by Inside College Hockey.com for the second consecutive week. FSU concluded the 2008-09 season at 12-19-7 overall while compiling a ninth-place 9-14-5-2 CCHA mark (25 pts.).
Ohio State is 10-13-1 overall and 8-9-1-1 (ninth place) in the CCHA standings after splitting a two-game league set versus nationally-ranked Michigan State last weekend (Jan. 22-23) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes suffered a 5-2 loss to the Spartans in last Friday's (Jan. 22) tilt before skating to a 4-2 win over Ohio State in Saturday's (Jan. 23) series finale. 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, 286-326-65 (.470) - (24-27-4 vs. Ohio State - 7-16-1 Away, 17-10-3 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.
Ohio State - John Markell (Bowling Green State, 1979), 15th season, 275-262-51 (.511) - (24-21-3 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, who have eight skaters with double-digit points totals, are led in scoring by sophomore forward Zac Dalpe (13-11=24) and junior forward Peter Boyd (5-14=19). Sophomore Cal Heeter (8-5-1, 3.10 GAA, .900sv%) and junior Dustin Carlson (2-8-0, 2.84 GAA, .909sv%) are OSU's goaltenders. Nationally, the Buckeyes are ranked 13th in penalty minutes (16.4), 38th in scoring defense (3.12 gpg.), 43rd in both scoring offense (2.62 gpg.) and scoring margin (-0.50), 48th in power-play efficiency (14.6%), and 57th in penalty killing (73.3%).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Ohio State will meet for the 112th and 113th times this weekend as the Buckeyes have a 56-43-12 series lead. FSU is 14-33-8 on the road, 29-22-4 at home, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites against Ohio State. The Bulldogs swept this season's earlier series (Nov. 20-21) on their home ice, winning 8-1 and 6-5 in overtime over the Buckeyes. Ferris State is 8-1-1 in its last 10 contests with Ohio State, which includes a 2-0 road mark. The Bulldogs captured a pair of victories (4-0 and 4-2) in their last appearances at OSU, which occurred on Nov. 2 and 4. Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by two goals or more with Ferris State producing a 6-1-0 mark in those contests. FSU is 5-15-3 all-time in January encounters versus the Buckeyes, which includes a 2-7-1 away ledger.
Hockey Day In Michigan: This Saturday (Jan. 30) represents the fifth annual 'Hockey Day In Michigan'. The CCHA and Fox Sports Detroit created the inaugural 'Hockey Day In Michigan' in 2006. The grassroots initiative was adopted nationwide in 2007 by USA Hockey and is now part of the national governing body's celebration of the sport known as 'Hockey Weekend Across America' to be held this weekend (Jan. 29-31). Michigan has over 61,000 players, coaches and officials registered with USA Hockey, which is the second most of any state in the nation. To get involved or to have your event included in the list of happenings around the state on CCHA.com, contact the CCHA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CCHA Office at (248) 888-0600.
Successful Season: Ferris State's 17-7-2 record (.692) this season through its first 26 contests represents the third best start in the program's history. The mark trails only the 1979-80 squad's 20-6-0 start and the record-setting 2002-03 team's 18-7-1 record. The 2002-03 squad went 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.
Clutch Skater: Junior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) produced his third game-winning goal this season in the 3-2 victory over Michigan last Saturday (1/23) on a power-play lamplighter with 23.4 seconds left in the game. His three game-winning tallies this season in 26 outings represents a career season high after posting the decisive goal at Cansius (10/9) and at Notre Dame (1/9) this season. In his previous two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09), Redmond recorded one game-winning goal in a combined 75 contests.
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.
Productive Senior Line: FSU's top forward line of seniors Blair Riley (16-12=28), Casey Haines (6-16=22), and Cody Chupp (7-15=22) have combined to generate 30.8% (72-234) of the Bulldogs' points production and 34.5% (29-84) of its goal output this campaign.
Mighty Casey: Senior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) is enjoying his most productive season at Ferris State this campaign with career bests in points (22), assists (16), and game-winning goals (three) thru 26 contests. Haines' six goals this season matches his career season-high set a season ago in 38 appearances.
Stating His Case: Senior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) has scored twice in his last three games with three points (2-1=3) during that span following a second-period tally against Michigan last Saturday (1/23). His three goals this season in 26 contests is one shy of equalling his career single-season best four markers set in 29 outings for the 2006-07 campaign.
Eight Is Great: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle's (Bloomfield) win against Michigan last Saturday (1/23) represented his eighth victory (8-5-1) this season in 15 outings, which equals his previous career season-best (8-7-0) set in 16 2007-08 season contests.
Opponents See Red: Zach Redmond's 21 points (5-16=21) in 26 games this season is three shy of equalling his career single-season best 24 points (3-21=24) set in 38 contests for the 2008-09 season. Redmond, FSU's 2008-09 Most Valuable Player, has totaled 64 career points (14-50=64) in 101 contests and is eight points shy of tying Keith Sergott (1992-96; 72 career points) for 12th place in career points among FSU defensemen. He needs four more assists to tie Clark Davies (1986-90; 54 career assists) for 12th place on the Bulldogs' blueline leaders list.
Looking Ahead: Ferris State returns home next weekend, Feb. 5-6, for a two-game league series against the Northern Michigan Wildcats at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The series gets underway Friday (Feb. 5) at 7:05 p.m. (EST) before concluding Saturday (Feb. 6) at 7:35 p.m. (EST) as a result of the finale being televised live on FS Detroit Plus.
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) is 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.
2010 Frozen Four : Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four scheduled for April 8 and 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., are available for purchase by visiting www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000. Each all-session ticket includes the two semifinal games on Thursday, April 8, and the national championship game on Saturday, April 10. Tickets are available in four price ranges - $40, $79, $119 and $189. For more information on the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, visit www.NCAA.com/frozenfour.
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.
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.