Weekly Notes Games 3-4: Connecticut at Ferris State
vs. Connecticut Huskies
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 16-17) -- Friday @ 7:05 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday @ 5:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will begin a four-game non-league homestand over the next two weeks, starting this weekend (Oct. 16-17) with a two-game set against the Connecticut Huskies at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
2009-10 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.
Meijer Family Hockey Night: Both of this weekend's (Oct. 16-17) contests versus Connecticut have been designated as Meijer Family Hockey Nights. The Meijer Family Hockey Night promotion 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 start time.
Hockey Promotions: This Friday's (Oct. 16) season home opener is free to all FSU students and those in attendance will receive a free jersey. On Saturday (Oct. 17), Greek Night/Toga theme for FSU students along with new Ferris State faculty introductions and Crossroads Charter Academy Night. Two reserved seats for $22 or three reserved seats for $33 - game date only.
Media Coverage: 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 presently 1-1-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season after splitting a season-opening non-league series with Canisius last weekend (Oct. 9-10 in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bulldogs recorded a 5-1 triumph over the Golden Griffins in last Friday's (Oct. 9) series opener before suffering a 1-0 setback in Saturday's (Oct. 10) rematch between the two teams. Ferris State compiled a 12-19-7 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 9-14-5-(2) CCHA ledger. The Bulldogs registered a 6-8-4 mark in away outings a season ago.
Connecticut is 0-0-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) this season to date as the Huskies will open their 2009-10 season at Ferris State this weekend. UConn bested Royak Military College, 7-2, in a home exhibition contest played on Oct. 3 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn. UConn registered a 9-26-2 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 8-18-2 league mark. The Huskies produced a 3-16-1 ledger in away encounters a season ago. UConn was picked to finish ninth in the AHA's 2009-10 Preseason Coach's Poll.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 270-322-63 (.460) - (4-0-0 vs. Connecticut - 2-0-0 Home, 2-0-0 Away, 0-0-0 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.
Connecticut: Bruce Marshall (Connecticut, 1985), 22nd season, 294-309-57 (.489) - (0-4-0 vs. Ferris State). Marshall is UConn hockey's all-time winningest coach and the third head coach in the history of the Huskies' program. A four-year letterwinner at UConn, Marshall was the Edward Jeremiah College Division National Coach of the Year Award winner and received the ECAC Coach of the Year following the 1991-92 season.
Scouting Connecticut: The Huskies return five of their seven top points leaders from last season, including team scoring leader junior forward Jason Krispel (3-25=28) along with sophomore forward Marcello Ranallo (6-16=22) and junior forward Andrew Olson (12-9=21). Junior goaltender Brad McInnis (1-3-0, 3.81 GAA, .881sv%) is UConn's top returning netminder.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Connecticut will square off for the fifth and sixth times this weekend in a series which the Bulldogs lead 4-0-0 and originated in the 2002-03 season. FSU swept the Huskies in a two-game home series in the 2004-05 campaign (11/12-13), prevailing 5-3 and 5-2. In the most recent meeting, the Bulldogs skated to a 5-0 triumph against UConn in the championship game of the 15th annual Toyota UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs, Conn. Ferris State is averaging 5.0 goals an outing (20 total) in the series while Connecticut has scored 1.3 goals per contest (five total).
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.
Home Openers: Ferris State is 12-16-2 (.433) in home-opening contests dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 3-9-0 mark in its last 12 openers. The Bulldogs dropped a 5-2 decision to Canisius in last season's home opener (10/10). Ferris' last home-opening victory was in the 2007-08 campaign (10/19) when the Bulldogs skated to a 6-2 non-league decision over Wayne State.
Life of Riley: Senior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) netted a hat trick with a three-goal output in a 5-0 win over Connecticut in the championship game (12/30/07) of the 15th Annual Toyota UConn Hockey Classic. Riley was named the holiday tournament's Most Valuable Player while junior forwards Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge) were also named to the all-tournament team.
Just On More: Senior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) is one point shy of compiling his 50th point at Ferris State after tallying a third-period lamplighter in last Friday's win at Canisius. Lewicki currently has amassed 49 career points on 24 goals with 25 assists in 110 games. A season ago, Lewicki totaled a career single-season high 20 points (10-10=20) in 37 outings.
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.
Young Guns: Three Ferris State freshmen forwards - Eric Alexander (Kentwood), Travis Ouellete (Windsor, Ontario), and Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) all tallied their first collegiate goals in the Bulldogs' 5-1 season-opening victory at Canisius last Friday (10/9). Alexander (1-1=2) and Bonis (1-1=2) both recorded multiple-point game performances.
Community Leader: Cody Chupp holds the distinction of being the first-ever recipient of the program's Community Service Award which was created in the 2008-09 season. Chupp 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 Giant Steps Award in the civic leader category. The Bulldog skater was also nominated for the Hockey Coaches of America's (HCA) 2009 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a fearless leader and beloved fan favorite who always places his team first.
Productive Line: Ferris State's third forward line combined for five points with two goals and three assists in last Friday's (10/9) season-opening victory at Canisius. Kyle Bonis (1-1=2) and Eric Alexander (1-1=2) registered two points apiece while Cody Chupp (0-1=1) picked up an assist.
Almost There: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 50 saves away from registering his 1,000th career stop. Nagle, a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team pick, has currently racked up a program 15th-best 950 career saves in 39 appearances and is 217 stops shy of moving into a 14th-place tie with Dave Swierpel (1975-77; 1,167 career saves). Nagle has posted a 15-19-3 career mark with a 2.71 goals-against average (98 goals allowed) and a .906 save percentage (950 saves) in 2,171:08 minutes of action. A 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team selection, Nagle posted a 7-11-3 record with a 2.84 goals-against average (59 goals allowed) and a .909 save percentage (587 saves) as a starter in all 22 of his outings a season ago.
Power Play Against Cancer Fundraiser: The Ferris State University Blueline Club is taking an active role during October's national Breast Cancer Awareness month by holding a "Power Play against Cancer" fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, with all of the proceeds going toward the purchase of a digital mammography system for the Mecosta County Medical Center. The event will be held in conjunction with the Bulldog men's ice hockey game against Robert Morris on Oct. 24, which begins with a 5:05 p.m. (EDT) faceoff. The day's festivities will begin with A Taste the Bulldog Bite from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) outside the west side of Wink Arena on the FSU campus. The FSU hockey game will follow and individuals must purchase an admission ticket. Group rates can be arranged through the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888. A raffle and silent auction is scheduled to be held in Wink Arena during the non-league contest. Following the game, the popular Skate With The Dawgs will take place until 8:45 p.m. (EDT) in which the current 2009-10 Bulldog hockey student-athletes will accompany fans on the ice for a meet-and-great activity. A $1 skate rental will be assessed along with a $1 donation to skate. The $1 donation to skate will be waived for those individuals who donated to the Taste the Bulldog Bite. For more information, please contact Vicky Deur at (231) 796-2752 or via e-mail at Vicky.firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Bomay at (231) 629-6904 and e-mail at MAFSU93@yahoo.com.
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) 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. A shootout win will be worth two points and a shootout loss one 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.