March 16, 2010

Weekly Game Notes - 2010 CCHA Championships

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THIS WEEK:
CCHA Championship Semifinal #1
vs. #12 Northern Michigan Wildcats

Friday (March 19) -- 4:35 p.m. (EDT) 
Joe Louis Arena (20,053 capacity) - Detroit, Michigan

CCHA Championship Semifinal #2
#2 Miami RedHawks vs. #17 Michigan Wolverines
Friday (March 19) -- 8:05 p.m. (EDT)

CCHA Third-Place Game & Championship
Saturday (March 20) -- 3:35 p.m. (EDT) and 7:35 p.m. (EDT) 
Joe Louis Arena (20,053 capacity) - Detroit, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday and Saturday 
Video Radio Broadcast: WWBR Big Country 100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action. 
TV Television: Semifinals (FS Detroit - Ferris State vs. Northern Michigan & Big Ten Network - Miami vs. Michigan); Championship (FS Detroit); Third-Place Game (None) 
Video Live Video Webcast: www.foxsportsdetroit.com (Except third-place game)

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally eighth-ranked 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continues their quest for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) Mason Cup as league tournament champions this weekend (March 19-20) as the Bulldogs are one of four teams who will be competing in the 2010 CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.  The Bulldogs, who are the second seed, will skate against the third seed and nationally-ranked Northern Michigan Wildcats in this Thursday (March 19) first semifinal contest at 4:34 p.m. (EDT).  The second semifinal tilt pits top seed and regular-season league champion Miami against fourth-seed Michigan at 8:05 p.m. (EDT).     

2010 CCHA Championship Tickets: Tickets for the 2010 CCHA Championship are presently on sale at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office and will be until this Wednesday (March 17) until 12 p.m. (EDT).  Fans can also order tickets by phone at (313) 396-7575 or (248) 645-6666 while also logging on to www.collegehockeyatthejoe.com or www.ticketmaster.com.  A special discount for Ferris State alumni, employees, students, family, and friends is also being offered and can be accessed by clicking on this link.   

The Radio Broadcast: All of Ferris State's CCHA Championship contests this weekend this weekend will be broadcast live by radio station Big Country WWBR-100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig serving as the play-by-play announcer and Tim Blashill providing color commentary.

The Telecast: This Friday's (March 19) opening semifinal game will be shown live by FS Detroit (DirecTV channel 663, DISH Network channel 430, Charter Cable channel 33 (HD-channel 791 and Comcast Cable channel 30 (HD-channel 201).  Fred Pletsch will call the action with former NHL standout John Vanbiesbrouck serving as the color commentator.  Shireen Saski will be handling sideline reporting duties.   The Mason Cup Championship game on Saturday (March 20) will also be televised live via FS Detroit.

The Records: Ferris State improved to 21-11-6 overall this season following a two-game sweep of 18th nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha last weekend (March 12-13) in a 2010 CCHA Playoff Second-Round series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs posted a 3-1 victory over the Mavericks last Friday (March 12) and then skated to a 3-2 overtime win in Saturday's (March 13) tilt.  Ferris State is ranked eighth this week (March 15) nationally in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online.com polls while the Bulldogs are listed ninth in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com.  The Bulldogs finished third in the CCHA regular-season standings with a 13-9-6-4 record (49 points). 

Northern Michigan is presently 19-11-8 overall on the season and posted a fourth-place 13-9-6-4 mark (48 points) in CCHA play.  NMU advanced to the CCHA Championship with a pair of victories (4-3 and 5-1) over Alaska last weekend (March 12-13) in playoff second-round action at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.  The Wildcats will be making their seventh appearance at the CCHA Championship in the last eight seasons and the program's third straight. NMU has placed third in league championship tourney each of the past two years.  The 'Cats are currently ranked 12th this week (March 15) by both U.S. College Hockey Online.com and USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineInside College Hockey.com has NMU ranked 11th in its poll.  

Miami sports a 26-6-7 overall this season following a 2-1 win over Ohio State last Sunday (March 14) in the deciding game of a best-of-three playoff second-round series at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.  The RedHawks, who were crowned CCHA regular-season champions with a first-place 21-2-5-2 league mark (70 points), posted a 6-2 victory over Ohio State last Friday (March 12) before being dealt a 5-4 overtime loss to the Buckeyes in Saturday's (March 13) matchup.  MU will be making its eighth appearance in the CCHA Championship.  Miami is ranked second this week (March 15) in all three national polls - U.S. College Hockey Online.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and Inside College Hockey.com

Michigan improved its overall record to 23-17-1 this campaign after concluding CCHA play with a seventh-place 14-13-1-0 mark.  The Wolverines upset nationally-ranked and league runner-up Michigan State last weekend (March 12-13) with 5-1 and 5-3 victories at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  UM will be making its 21st consecutive showing at the CCHA Championship and have won the Mason Cup eight of the last 16 years.  The Wolverines are listed 17th this week (March 15) by U.S. College Hockey Online.com while UM ranks 18th according to Inside College Hockey.com.  Michigan is among others receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.   

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 290-332-69 (.469) - (16-21-2 vs. Northern Michigan - 1-0-0 Neutral, 5-11-2 Home, 10-10-0 Away; 16-30-9 vs. Miami - 0-1-0 Neutral, 9-13-3 Home, 7-13-6 Away; 12-36-2 vs. Michigan - 0-2-1 Neutral, 8-12-1 Home, 4-22-0 Away).  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, 163-132-34 (.547) -- (11-7-1 vs. Ferris State).  

Miami- Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 11th season, 236-157-40 (.591) -- (15-8-4 vs. Ferris State). 

Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 26th season, 696-327-69 (.669) -- (58-23-2 vs. Ferris State). 

FSU-Northern Michigan Series: Ferris State and Northern Michigan will meet for the 70th time in an all-time series which NMU has a 46-20-3 lead.  The Bulldogs are 1-1-0 at neutral sites, 8-19-3 at home, and 11-26-0 on the road versus the Wildcats.  This season (Feb. 5-6) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, FSU skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with Northern in the series opener (Feb. 5) before falling 1-0 in a shootout.  The Bulldogs then suffered a 4-0 loss to the Wildcats in the finale (Feb. 6) which was televised by FS Detroit.  Eleven of the last 18 matchups have been determined by two goals or more with Ferris compiling a 5-6-0 mark in those encounters.  The Bulldogs are 1-4-0 all-time in March outings, which includes a 1-0-0 mark at neutral sites.  

FSU-Miami Series: Ferris State and Miami could possibly meet for the 98th time as Miami holds a 43-39-15 advantage.  The Bulldogs are 0-2-0 at neutral sites, 19-20-8 at home, and 20-21-7 on the road versus the RedHawks. The two teams met four times during the 2009-10 regular season, beginning Nov. 13-14 in a two-game set at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.  FSU and MU skated to a 2-2 overtime deadlock in the opener (Nov. 13) prior to the Bulldogs posting a 1-0 shootout decision.  In the series finale (Nov. 14), the teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie before FSU claimed a 2-1 decision in a league-record 22-skater shootout.  Ferris State would suffer a pair of losses to the RedHawks later in the season (Jan. 15-16) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, losing 4-0 and 5-4 decisions.  Twenty-seven of the last 31 meetings have been determined by two goals or less and 14 of the last 22 encounters by one goal or less.  Ferris has compiled a 0-3-1 record all-time in March contests, which includes a 0-2-0 neutral site ledger.  

FSU-Michigan Series: Ferris State and Michigan could possible faceoff for the 94th time in a series which the Wolverines lead 62-28-3.  The Bulldogs are 0-2-1 at neutral sites, 18-23-2 at home, and 19-37-0 on the road against Michigan.  The teams each claimed a win in this season's (Jan. 22-23) home-and-home series as both contests were aired by CBS College Sports.  The Wolverines produced a 2-0 decision over Ferris State in the opener (Jan. 22) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., before the Bulldogs rallied to claim a 3-2 victory in the series finale (Jan. 23) played at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.  Michigan has won 10 of the last 13 matchups to date.  Ferris State is 2-6-0 all-time in March outings, which includes a 0-2-0 record at neutral sites.      

Returning To The Joe: The Bulldogs will be making their fourth-ever Joe Louis Arena appearance and the first since the 2002-03 season.  Top-seeded FSU skated to a 4-2 victory over Northern Michigan in the 2003 CCHA Super 6 Semifinals (3/21) before suffering a 5-3 loss to Michigan in the championship game (3/22) before 19,097 fans at the second-largest CCHA Championship game crowd ever at the time.  Ferris also made appearances in the 1990-91, 1992-93, and 2002-03 seasons.  The Bulldogs dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Miami in the 1993 championship game (3/20) after garnering a 3-2 semifinal-round win versus Michgian State (3/19).

CCHA Championship Before The Joe: FSU participated in the 1979-80 CCHA Championships (3/14-15) against Northern Michigan in Marquette, Mich.  NMU claimed the title by winning the series, 15-9, as the overall winner was determined by total goals scored.  Incidentally, the Wildcats also prevailed in both encounters – 7-3 and 8-6.
 

CCHA Playoffs History: Ferris State is currently 22-51-3 (.309) all-time in CCHA Playoff action, which includes a 2-4 neutral-site record.  FSU head coach Bob Daniels has compiled a 17-30 (.348) bench mark in league playoff competition.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs’ 15 wins (15-3-2) inside Ewigleben Ice Arena this season ties for the third most home victories in a single season.  The record-setting 2002-03 squad compiled a 15-4-1 home ledger.  The 1979-80 squad was 16-5-0 in home encounters. 

What A Season!: Ferris State’s 21 victories (21-11-6) this season ties for the fourth-highest wins total in the program’s history, matching the 1992-93 (21-16-4) and 1999-00 (21-16-2) squads. 

League Award Finalists: FSU has four representatives who are among the top three finalists for a top CCHA individual award.  Head coach Bob Daniels is vying for the Coach of the Year Award after winning the honor in 2002-03 and being a finalist in the 2007-08 campaign.  Cody Chupp is up for the Best Defensive Forward Award while senior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) is for the Best Defensive Defenseman.  Junior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), a 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team selection, is in contention for the Best Offensive Defenseman Award.  The league award recipients will be named this Thursday (March 18) at the CCHA RBC Financial Group Awards Banquet a the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Mich.

Notable League Finish: Ferris State’s third-place regular-season finish in the CCHA (13-9-6-4 CCHA – 49 league points) represents the program’s highest placing since the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship season in which the Bulldogs compiled a first-place 22-5-1 conference ledger (45 league points).  The 1979-80 (11-9-0 CCHA), 1980-81 (13-9-0 CCHA), and 1990-91 (15-12-5 CCHA) FSU teams all registered third-place showings in the CCHA regular-season standings. 

March Producers: Senior center-right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has currently recorded a team-high 10 career points (3-7=10) in 12 March contests.  Senior right wing Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has generated eight points (5-3=8) in 13 games while senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has chalked up eight career points (3-5=8) in 13 appearances. 

Team Scholar: Aaron Lewicki has been designated as Ferris State’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete for the 2009-10 season.  Lewicki, a finance major, earned the honor for the third consecutive season.  The faculty athletic representative at each school, in consultation with the head coach, selected the institution’s Scholar-Athlete of the the Year.  Each school’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year serves as the school’s nominee for CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Lewicki is also a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) recipient of the Bulldog hockey team’s Scholar-Athlete Award and the squad’s FSU President’s Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average.

Scoring Leaders: The Bulldogs’ top five scoring leaders this season – Blair Riley (18-19=37), senior center Casey Haines (11-18=29), Cody Chupp (8-21=29), junior defenseman Zach Redmond (6-19=25), and Aaron Lewicki (12-11=23) have combined to account for 45.4% (143-315) of the team’s points and 48.7% (55-113) of the squad’s goal-scoring production.

Chupp Named A Lowe's 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.   

Hobey Baker Award Candidate: Senior left wing Blair Riley 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 vying for the Award and the Award's Top Ten Finalists will be announced this Thursday (March 18) from 8-8:30 p.m. (ET).  For more information about the Award, please visit the Hobey Baker website - www.hobeybaker.com.  Riley is the Bulldogs' leader this season in Bulldogs in points (37) and goals (18) while tying for second place with 19 assists in 38 contests. 

Close Encounters: Fourteen of the Bulldogs’ last 17 games have been determined by two goals or less with Ferris State sporting a 6-7-4 record (.471) in those matchups.  Overall this season, 26 games have been decided by two goals or less. 

Did You Know?: Blair Riley's team-leading 37 points (18-19=37) this season to date are the most by a Bulldog skater since 2005-06 when Greg Rallo (2002-06) posted a squad-best 39 points (17-22=39) in 40 contests.

Hot Stick: Blair Riley has produced a team-best 15 points in this season’s second half (last 19 games). Riley (4-11=15) have generated 10.9%???(15-138) of Ferris State’s total points output in that span.

2010 NCAA Tourney Selection Show: A NCAA Selection Show party for the Ferris State hockey team will be held this Sunday (March 21) at The Gate in Big Rapids, beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT).  The 30-minute selection show of the 16-team field will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 HD this Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).  For more information on the Selection Show Party, please click on this link.

 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.

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.

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