Weekly Notes Games 5-6: Robert Morris at Ferris State
vs. Robert Morris Colonials
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 23-24) -- 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 continues its non-league homestand this weekend (Oct. 23-24) as the Bulldogs entertain the Robert Morris Colonials in a two-game series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The two-game set will represent Robert Morris' first-ever appearance on the Bulldogs' ice.
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. 23-24) contests versus Robert Morris 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.
Bulldog Hockey Promotions: This Friday's (Oct. 23) contest features free admission for a child (K-12) per paid adult and Allied Health Night for nursing, dential hygiene, etc. staff members while its jersey night for FSU students. Two reserved seats for $22 or three reserved seats for $33 is also featured for Friday's game only. This Saturday's (Oct. 24) series finale is Pink Night for October's national Breast Cancer Awareness month and everyone is encouraged to wear pink.
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 improved to 3-1-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season with a pair of non-league victories (2-1 and 6-1) over Connecticut last weekend (Oct. 16-17) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (10/19) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports Poll with one point. 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.
Robert Morris is 1-1-0 overall and 0-0-0 in College Hockey America (CHA) to date this season after opening its 2009-10 campaign last weekend (Oct. 16-17) at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska. RMU suffered a 4-2 loss to nationally-ranked Alaska last Friday (Oct. 16) in its season opener before skating to a 5-3 decision over Alaska-Anchorage in last Saturday's (Oct. 17) tilt. The Colonials, who were tabbed to finish tied for third in the 2008 CHA Preseason Coaches Poll, were 10-19-7 overall with a third-place 5-8-5 league mark. RMU registered a 5-11-1 record in away encounters a season ago.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 272-322-63 (.462) - (0-1-1 vs. Robert Morris - 0-0-0 Home, 0-1-1 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.
Robert Morris: Derek Schooley (Western Michigan, 1994), 6th season, 60-95-20 (.400) - (1-0-1 vs. Ferris State). Schooley was named the first head coach in Robert Morris history. Prior to RMU, Schooley spent four years at the Air Force Academy as an assistant coach before spending his final season at AFA as an associate head coach. Schooley spent the 2003-04 campaign recruiting the inaugural Colonials Hockey Team. He was a four-year letterwinner (1990-94) at Western Michigan as a defenseman.
Scouting Robert Morris: A pair of juniors, defenseman Denny Urban (2-2=4) and forward Nathan Longpre (0-4=4) lead the Colonials in scoring. The two were both selected to the 2009-10 All-CHA Preseason Team. Urban earned CHA Offensive Player of the Week honors this week (10/19) with two goals and two assists at last weekend's Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament. Sophomore goaltender Brooks Ostergard (1-1-0, 3.50 GAA, .908sv%) has played in both contests.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State's matchup against Robert Morris this weekend will mark the third and fourth meetings between the two schools with RMU having a 1-0-1 lead in the all-time series. The Colonials posted a win and a tie against the Bulldogs last season (10/17-18) at the RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Robert Morris registered a 6-3 victory in the series opener (10/17) and then skated to a 4-4 overtime deadlock in the finale (10/18). FSU is averaging 3.5 goals per contest (seven total) in the all-time series compared to RMU's 5.0 goals per game (10 total) average.
Closing In On A Milestone: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is within 28 saves of attaining 1,000 career stops and has presently accumulated 15th all-time best 972 saves in 40 career appearances while averaging 24.3 stops an outing. Nagle, a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team pick, is 195 saves away from moving into a 14th-place tie with Dave Swierpel (1975-77; 1,167 career saves) among the Bulldogs' all-time saves leaders.
Four Score: Sophomore center Derek Graham's (Schoolcraft) four points (1-3=4) in three games this season already represents half of his 2008-09 season's eight points (3-5=8) output in 31 contests. All of Graham's points production this campaign occurred in last weekend's (10/16-17) non-league home series versus Connecticut. He compiled a pair of two-point efforts in both series' outings.
Pococke Produces: Junior right wing Todd Pococke's (Saginaw) two-point (1-1=2) night against Connecticut last Saturday (10/17) marked a career single-game best, which was highlighted by the game-winning tally. Pococke has also established a career season high this 2009-10 campaign with three points (1-2=3) in as many contests, which eclipses his two points (1-1=2) in 25 games a season ago.
Defense Gets Offensive: Ferris State's 10 defensemen and three goaltenders have generated 34.2% (13-38) of the team's total points production this season to date. Sophomore defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) leads the way with a team-high tying four points (1-3=4) in as many games while junior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) is tied for second in team scoring with three points (1-2=3) in four contests.
Strong Start: The Bulldogs sport a 3-1-0 season-opening record and are averaging 3.2 goals a game (13 total) to their opponents 1.0 goals per game average (four total). A season ago, Ferris State compiled a 1-2-1 mark to go with 3.5 goals an outing (14 total) average while the opposition averaged 4.2 goals per contest (17 total).
A Helping Hand: Pat Nagle picked up the fourth assist of his career and first of this season with a helper in last Saturday's (10/17) decision over Connecticut. The netminder has notched at least an assist in each of his three seasons at Ferris State, which includes a career season-high two helpers as a freshman in 16 games for the 2007-08 season.
Balanced Scoring: Nineteen Ferris State skaters have tallied at least a point in the team's initial four outings this season with Chad Billins (1-3=4) and Derek Graham (1-3=4) tying for top scoring honors. The Bulldogs have netted 13 goals and 38 points (13-25=38) this campaign. A season ago following its first four contests, FSU generated 14 lamplighters and totaled 37 points (14-23=37). The Bulldogs had 15 individuals who produced at least a point or more at this point in the season a year ago.
Versus College Hockey America: Ferris State is 12-5-2 (.684) all-time against current College Hockey America (CHA) competition. The Bulldogs are 5-3-1 at home and 5-2-1 on the road versus CHA opponents. FSU posted a 2-1-1 mark last season versus CHA foes as the Bulldogs went 0-1-1 at Robert Morris (10/17-18) and 2-0-0 against Alabama-Huntsville (12/12-13) at home. The four-team CHA is currently comprised of Robert Morris, Niagara, Bemidji State, and Alabama-Huntsville.
Looking Ahead: Ferris State will make the trek to Fairbanks, Alaska next weekend (Oct. 30-31) to open the CCHA portion of its 2009-10 schedule versus the Alaska Nanooks. Opening faceoff for both games is 11:05 p.m. (EDT) at UA's Carlson Center.
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 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.
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.
Balancing Act: Senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has scored 25 goals while recording 26 assists for 51 points in 111 career contests to date. Eleven of Riley's 26 career lamplighters have been during power-play situations.
New Uniforms: Ferris State is sporting new uniforms this season to comply with the university's graphic standards. The white-colored uniforms feature a Bulldog on the front with crimson color along the shoulders. The crimson-colored uniforms have the wording Ferris State in gold with black trim around the letters. Alternating crimson, gold, and white are along the sleeves for both uniforms.
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.