Weekly Game Notes 31-32: Ferris State at Lake Superior State
at Lake Superior State Lakers
Friday & Saturday (Feb. 12-13) -- @ 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Taffy Abel Arena (4,000 capacity) - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will take to the ice this weekend (Feb. 12-13) seeking to get back on the winning track as the Bulldogs visit the Lake Superior State Lakers in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. FSU, which is presently 0-2-2 in its last four outings, will square off against its Upper Peninsula foe this Friday (Feb. 12) and Saturday (Feb. 13) with 7:05 p.m. (EST) starting times scheduled for both contests.
Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for the two remaining Bulldog home games of the 2009-10 regular season 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 Lake Superior 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 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 17-9-4 overall with a third-place 11-7-4-3 CCHA mark this season after posting a 0-1-1 record against Northern Michigan last weekend (Feb. 5-6) in a two-game league series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 overtime tie against the Wildcats last Friday (Feb. 5) to earn a league point before falling 1-0 in a three-round shootout. NMU then claimed a 4-0 decision over Ferris State in Saturday's (Feb. 6) tilt which was televised live on FS Detroit Plus. FSU is ranked 13th in the nation this week (Feb. 8) by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine while the Bulldogs are listed 14th in U.S. College Hockey Online.com's poll. Ferris State dropped down three spots into the 15th-place position in Inside College Hockey.com's poll. FSU concluded the 2008-09 season at 12-19-7 overall while compiling a ninth-place 9-14-5-2 CCHA mark (25 pts.).
Lake Superior State is 14-11-5 overall and tied for eighth place at 9-10-3-2 in CCHA play after being swept by nationally top-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Feb. 5-6) in a two-game league set at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The Lakers suffered a 2-0 loss in last Friday's (Feb. 5) tilt and then were dealt a 10-4 loss by the RedHawks in Saturday's (Feb. 6) rematch. LSSU, which is 0-3-1-1 in its last four outings, is listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Feb. 8) U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll. Last season, the Lakers compiled an 11-20-8 overall mark with a 10th-place tying 7-15-6-1 CCHA record.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 286-330-67 (.468) - (16-26-9 vs. Lake Superior State - 7-13-5 Away, 9-12-4 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.
Lake Superior State - Jim Roque (Lake Superior State, 1987), 5th season, 71-84-30 (.465) - (5-3-5 vs. Ferris State). Roque became the ninth coach in the 41-year history of the Lakers' hockey program in June 2005. He's only the second former Laker player to take the helm of the LSSU program. Roque ranks 19th among LSSU's career scoring leaders and was also a member of the first Laker squad to compete in the 1985 NCAA Division I Tournament.
Scouting Lake Superior State: The Lakers are presently led in scoring by junior forwards Rick Schofield (13-11=24) and Will Acton (7-14=21), who are among 11 individuals with double-figure points totals. Schofield is listed 57th nationally in goals per game (0.45). Junior Brian Mahoney-Wilson (12-9-5, 2.63 GAA, .915sv%), who's LSSU's primary goaltender, ranks 22nd nationally in save percentage and 31st in goals-against average. The Lakers are ninth among the nation's leaders in penalty kill efficiency (87.0%), 30th in penalty minutes (14.3), 32nd in power-play efficiency (18.2%), 34th in scoring defense (2.93), 37th in scoring margin (-0.13), and 38th in scoring offense (2.80). Current LSSU assistant coach Tim Christian played collegiately at Ferris State (1991-95).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game set with Lake Superior State will represent the 116th and 117th meetings between the schools with LSSU compiling a 62-40-13 lead in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 18-32-7 on the road, 21-29-5 at home, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites versus the Lakers. Ferris State is 3-5-2 in its last 10 matchups against Lake Superior State, which includes a 1-3-1 road mark. The two teams split last season's (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) series at FSU with the Lakers producing a 2-1 triumph in the opener (Oct. 31) before suffering a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs in the series' finale (Nov. 1). The last seven meetings have been decided by one goal or less with Ferris State notching a 2-4-1 record in those encounters. FSU is 10-15-1 all-time in February contests versus Lake Superior State, which includes a 7-9-3 road mark.
Chupp Named A Finalist: Senior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has been named one of 10 national finalists for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's ice hockey. Voting is now underway and you can cast your vote for Cody Chupp at www.seniorCLASSaward.com. Voting will conclude March 16 and the Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced at the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in April at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. 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 is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.
Productive Season: Ferris State's 17 victories to date this season (17-9-4) ties for the ninth most single-season victories in the program's history. The 2009-10 team's seasons wins total equals the victories earned by both the 1985-86 (17-19-2 overall) and 2005-06 (17-15-8 overall) teams. The Bulldogs are now win one shy of tying the 1983-84 (18-20-3) and 2007-08 (18-16-5) squads for seventh place.
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.
Top Points Leaders: Ferris State's top three points leaders - Blair Riley (17-13=30), senior Cody Chupp (7-17=24), and senior Casey Haines (7-17=24) have combined to account for 30.1% (78-259) of the team's points production and 33.3% (31-93) of the Bulldogs' goal scoring this season. A season ago, the trio produced 18.4% (44-239) of the team's points and 22.2% (20-90) of the squad's goals output.
Firing Away: Ferris State's 51 shots on goal versus Northern Michigan last Saturday (Feb. 6) represented the Bulldogs' second-highest total this season, trailing only the 52 shots on net in a 4-1 non-league home triumph over Robert Morris (10/24). FSU has produced at least 40 shots or more in a contest on nine occasions to date this campaign.
Dry Spell Ends: Junior left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) netted his first goal of the season against Northern Michigan last Friday (Feb. 5), which marked his first lamplighter since last season at Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 14). Hennig has presently registered a career single-season best five points (1-4=5) in 13 outing this campaign. He recorded two points (1-1=2) in 12 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.
Narrow Margins: Six of Ferris State's last seven appearances have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs posting a 1-3-2 record in those outings. Nineteen of the Bulldogs' 30 outings this season have been determined by two goals or less as Ferris is 9-6-4 in those encounters.
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 30 games this season. He registered a career-high 20 points (10-10=20) in 37 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.
A Season Ago - Ferris State posted a 1-5-1 record in its seven February contests last season, which included a 1-3-1 road mark. Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) paced the Bulldogs in points with six (3-3=6) total in eight contests while Brendan Connolly totaled four points (1-3=4) in eight games.
Did You Know? - Blair Riley's squad-best tying nine points (6-3=9) in 12 away outings this season surpasses his seven points (2-5=7) on 16 road contests a season ago. Cody Chupp has chalked up nine points (1-8=9) in 11 away games this campaign after generating three points (2-1=3) in 13 appearances last season.
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 137 contests. His linemate, Blair Riley is currently tied for 30th place on FSU's all-time goal-scoring chart with 41 career lamplighters in 137 outings.
Opponents See Red: Zach Redmond's 22 points (5-17=22) in 30 games this season is two 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 65 career points (14-51=65) in 105 contests and is seven points shy of tying Keith Sergott (1992-96; 72 career points) for 12th place in career points among FSU defensemen. He's three 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 battle the nationally-ranked Michigan State Spartans next weekend (Feb. 19-20) in a home-and-home CCHA series. The Bulldogs entertain the Spartans on Friday (Feb. 19) for a 7:05 p.m. (EST) matchup at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Michigan State then hosts Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 20) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. A 5:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff is slated for the weekend series finale.
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.
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, and more.