Weekly Game Notes 29-30: Northern Michigan at Ferris State

Weekly Game Notes 29-30: Northern Michigan at Ferris State

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vs. Northern Michigan Wildcats

Friday & Saturday (Feb. 5-6) -- Friday @ 7:05 p.m. (EST) and Saturday @ 7:35 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
TV Television: Ferris Television (Friday Game Only - Tape Delay) and 
 FS Detroit Plus (Saturday Game Only - DirecTV (channel 664), Dish Network (channel 448), Charter Cable (channel 88), Comcast Cable (channel 901 in most areas), and other selected cable outlets. 
Video Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks  

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 11th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will open the final month of Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season action this weekend (Feb. 5-6) as the Bulldogs host the Northern Michigan Wildcats in a two-game series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  This Friday's (Feb. 5) opener is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff while Saturday's (Feb. 6) contest starts at 7:35 p.m. (EST) due to the live telecast.

On TV : This Saturday's (Feb. 6) weekend league series finale versus Northern Michigan will be televised live on FS Detroit Plus.  Dan Dickerson will call the action with Fred Pletsch providing analysis.

Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for the four 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.

Meijer Family Hockey Night: This Saturday's (Feb. 6) tilt versus Northern Michigan is Meijer Family Hockey Night, which features four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn for $32. Meijer Family Hockey Night coupons are available at the Big Rapids Meijer and can be redeemed at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the game's 7:35 p.m. (EST) start time.

Bulldog Hockey Promotions: The two reserved seats for $22 or three reserved seats for $33 ticket promotion is available for both of this weekend's (Feb. 5-6) contests.  On Friday (Feb. 5), the Engineering Technology Department will be acknowledged and it's Jersey Night for FSU students.  The contest also represents Registered Student Organization Night with over 12 campus RSO's in attendance to present information on their respective groups out in the main corridor.  This Saturday's (Feb. 6) game will feature Morley-Stanwood Night and the Canadian Lakes Group along with the Pioneer Group Department Appreciation Night.  FSU students are encouraged to wear their trucker hat.  All fans in attendance at Saturday's (Feb. 6) game will receive a free rally towel.   

The Radio Broadcast: Both of this weekend's CCHA contests against Northern 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 17-8-3 overall with a third-place 11-6-3-3 mark in the CCHA this season after registering a 0-1-1 ledger against Ohio State last weekend (Jan. 29-30) at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Bulldogs suffered a 5-3 loss to the Buckeyes in last Friday's (Jan. 29) matchup before prevailing 2-1 in a four-round shootout on Saturday (Jan. 30) following a 3-3 overtime tie.  This week (Feb. 1), Ferris State is presently ranked 11th by U.S. College Hockey Online.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.  The Bulldogs are listed 12th in the Inside College Hockey.com's poll for the third 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.). 

Northern Michigan is presently 11-10-7 overall and 7-8-5-2 (10th place) in the CCHA standings following a 1-0-1 ledger in a two-game league series against Alaska last weekend (Jan. 29-30) at NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.  The Wildcats captured a 2-0 shootout decision after skating to a 2-2 overtime tie in last Friday's (Jan. 29) opener before claiming a 3-2 victory over the Nanooks in Saturday's (Jan. 30) rematch.  Northern Michigan is 5-2-3 in its last 10 appearances to date.  A season ago, NMU registered a 19-17-5 overall mark with a sixth-place 11-12-5 CCHA record. 

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 286-329-66 (.468) - (16-20-1 vs. Northern Michigan - 5-10-1 Home, 10-10-0 Away, 1-0-0 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.

Northern Michigan - Walt Kyle (Northern Michigan, 1981), 8th season, 155-131-33 (.538) - (10-7-0 vs. Ferris State).  Kyle is the second head coach in NMU's history and served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats from 1982-92.  He was the program's top assistant in 1991 under former coach Rick Comley when NMU won the NCAA Division I national title.  

Scouting Northern Michigan: The Wildcats feature eight skaters with double-digit points, paced by junior forwards Mark Olver (13-18=31) and Greger Hanson (10-17=27).  Senior Brian Stewart (9-8-6, 2.68 GAA, .917sv%), who ranks 20th nationally in save percentage, and sophomore Reid Ellingson (2-2-1, 2.33 GAA, .919sv%) are NMU's goaltenders.  Nationally, the Wildcats are tied for 36th in scoring offense (2.79), tied for 23rd in scoring defense (2.75), tied for 30th in scoring margin (0.04), 14th in penalty minutes (16.1), 15th in power-play efficiency (20.8%), and  22nd in penalty-kill efficiency (83.1%).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's series against Northern Michigan this weekend will mark the 68th and 69th meetings between the two schools with NMU having a 45-20-2 lead in the all-time series.  The Bulldogs are 8-18-2 at home, 11-26-0 on the road, and 1-1-0 at neutral sites versus the Wildcats.  Ferris State has won four of the last five contests, which included a two-game series sweep last season (11/28-29) in Marquette, Mich.  FSU skated to a 6-4 win in the opener (11/28) and then pulled out a 2-1 victory in the series finale (11/29).  Six of the last 14 matchups have been decided by one goal or less with the Bulldogs producing a 2-4-0 mark in those encounters.  The Bulldogs are 2-4-0 in their last six home appearances against the Wildcats and are averaging 2.60 goals a game (13 total) in its last five home contests.  Ferris State is 3-9-0 all-time in February outings versus NMU, which includes a 1-5-0 home mark. 

Successful Season: Ferris State's 17-8-3 record (.661) this season through its first 28 contests represents the third best start in the program's history.  The mark trails only the 1979-80 squad's 21-7-0 start and the record-setting 2002-03 team's 19-8-1 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.

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 (17-13=30), Casey Haines (6-17=23), and Cody Chupp (7-17=24) have combined to account for 30.7% (77-251) of the Bulldogs' points production and 33.3% (30-90) of its goal output this campaign.

No Place Like Home: Ferris State's 12-2-0 home record this season to date equals its best home start since the 1979-80 campaign when the Bulldogs compiled a 12-2-0 mark in their initial 14 home encounters.  The record-setting 2002-03 squad produced a 9-4-1 home ledger thru their first 14 Ewigleben Ice Arena appearances.

Season Best: Junior left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) has compiled four points (0-4=4) in 12 contests this season, which includes a pair of helpers in last weekend's (Jan. 29-30) two-game series at Ohio State.  He recorded two points (1-1=2) in 12 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.

Close Encounters: FSU's last five contests have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs posting a 1-3-1 record in those outings.  Eighteen of the Bulldogs' 28 outings this season have been determined by two goals or less as Ferris is 9-6-3 in those encounters.

Case Unlocked: Senior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) has generated five points (3-2=5) in his last five outings after totaling two points (0-2=2) in his previous nine contests.  Case's 15 points (4-11=15) in 28 games this season is a career best, eclipsing his 12 points (1-11=12) in 38 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.

Steady Skater: Senior right wing Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has posted double-digit points in all four years (2006-10) as a Bulldog, which includes 16 points (8-8=16) in 28 games this season.  He registered a career-high 20 points (10-10=20) in 37 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.

One More: Junior left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) needs one more point to equal his career single-season high 13 points (9-4=13) in 34 contests a season ago.  Embach currently has totaled 12 points (5-7=12) in 22 encounters this campaign.

Doubling Up: Senior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has presently produced 24 points (7-17=24) in 26 games this season which doubles his 2008-09 season's output of 12 points (7-5=12) in 33 contests.  His career season high is 30 points (11-19=30) established in 39 contests for the 2007-08 campaign.

Blueline Scoring: Ferris State's eight defensemen have currently accounted for 29.5% (74-251) of the team's points production this season while generating 17.8% (16-90) of its goal scoring.  The Bulldogs' top two scoring defenders alone, Zach Redmond (5-16=21) and Brett Wysopal (3-13=16) have combined for 14.7% (37-251) of the team's points among the FSU blueline corps.

Climbing The Charts: Cody Chupp presently ranks tied for 36th place among Ferris State's all-time points leaders with 89 career points (33-56=89) and is tied for 39th place with 56 career helpers in 135 contests.  His linemate, Blair Riley is currently tied for 30th place on FSU's all-time goal-scoring chart with 41 career lamplighters in 135 outings.

Opponents See Red: Zach Redmond's 21 points (5-16=21) in 28 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's four assists away from tying Clark Davies (1986-90; 54 career assists) for 12th place on the Bulldogs' blueline leaders list.

Looking Ahead: Ferris State will venture across the Mackinaw Bridge to the Upper Peninsula next weekend, Feb. 13-14, for a two-game CCHA series against the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  Both outings are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (EST) start times at LSSU's Taffy Abel Arena. 

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: Cody Chupp 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.