November 3, 2009

Weekly Notes Games 9-10: Bowling Green State at Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. Bowling Green State Falcons
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 6-7) -- Friday @ 7:05 p.m. (EST) and Saturday @ 5:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR Big Country 100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action.
TV Television: Ferris Television (Friday Game Only - Tape Delay)
Video Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks

The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns home this weekend (Nov. 6-7) as the Bulldogs entertain the Bowling Green State Falcons in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.  The two-game set represents the Bulldogs' 2009-10 season league home opener and the only regular-season meetings between the two teams. 

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.

Bulldog Hockey Promotions: This Friday's (Nov. 6) contest is Bowl at the Gate for this week and receive a $2 discount off your ticket.  The FSU Arts and Sciences Department will be featured.  A $5 ticket and jersey night for FSU students.  This Saturday (Nov. 7) is autograph night while the community may purchase two tickets and get the next one free.  Graffiti Night for FSU students.  Those who purchase a hockey ticket for this weekend's (Nov. 6-7) game(s) will also gain free admittance to the Bulldog women's volleyball match this Saturday (Nov. 7) versus Northern Michigan at 2 p.m. (EST).

Great Giveaway: Those fans who attend this weekend's (Nov. 6-7) series will have an opportunity to win a ticket to an upcoming Detroit Red Wings' home game this season as approximately 30 tickets will be distributed this weekend through contests and drawings.  

The Telecast: Ferris Television will air this Friday's (Nov. 6) weekend series opener against Bowling Green State on a tape delayed basis.  The televised contest represents the first of three Ferris Television games for the 2009 portion of the Bulldogs' 2009-10 schedule.

The Radio Broadcast: All of Ferris State's 2009-10 games 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.  This weekend's series at Alaska will be featured on B2 Networks. 

The Records: Ferris State is 5-3-0 overall and 0-2-0-(0) in CCHA play to date this season following a pair of league losses to nationally-ranked Alaska this last weekend (Oct. 30-31) at UA's Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.  FSU suffered a 3-1 loss to the Nanooks in last Friday's (Oct. 30) series opener before being dealt a 3-2 overtime setback in Saturday's (Oct. 31) series finale.  The Bulldogs are 4-0-0 in home matchups this season.  Ferris State compiled a 12-19-7 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 9-14-5-(2) CCHA ledger. 

Bowling Green State is 0-5-1 overall and 0-1-1-(1) in the CCHA this season after compiling a 0-1-1 record against nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha last weekend (Oct. 30-31) at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.  The Falcons skated to a 3-3 overtime tie before prevailing 1-0 in a shootout against the Mavericks last Friday (Oct. 30).  Nebraska-Omaha would claim Saturday's (Oct. 31) series finale with a 3-1 victory.  BGSU is 0-3-1 in away outings this season.  The Falcons registered an 11-24-3 overall record in the 2008-09 season, which included a 12th-place 8-19-1-(0) CCHA ledger (17 pts.)

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 274-324-63 (.462) - (24-19-6 vs. Bowling Green State - 13-7-3 Home, 11-12-3 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.

Bowling Green State - Dennis Williams Interim (Bowling Green State, 2001), 1st season, 0-5-1 (.083) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State).  Williams was named BGSU's interim head coach on June 30, 2009 after serving as a Falcons' assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.  Williams, who played at Bowling Green State from 1997-2001, was the head coach at Neumann College from 2003-06  and then spent the 2007-08 campaign as an assistant at Alabama-Huntsville.

Scouting Bowling Green State: The Falcons are paced in scoring by freshman forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas (2-3=5) and senior forward Tommy Dee (2-2=4). Senior forwards James Perkin (1-2=3) and Tomas Petruska (1-2=3) are also among the team’s top points leaders. In goal are freshman Andrew Hammond (0-3-1, 3.46 GAA, .908sv%) and junior Nick Eno (0-2-0, 4.94 GAA, .877sv%). Hammond is listed 41st nationally in save percentage and ranks 55th in goals-against average. Among the national leaders, BGSU currently ranks 30th in penalty minutes (15.0 pmpg.), 33rd in penalty kill efficiency (80.6), tied for 51st in scoring defense (4.00 gpg.), tied for 52nd in power-play pct. (08.1), 55th in scoring offense (1.67 gpg.), and 57th in scoring margin (-2.33).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Bowling Green State will meet for the 107th and 108th times this weekend in a series which dates back to the 1978-79 season.  Bowling Green State presently holds a 52-43-11 lead in the all-time series.  The teams split last season's (2/13-14/09) series at BGSU with the Bulldogs pulling out a 3-2 victory in the opener (2/13) before dropping a 3-1 decision in the series finale (2/14).  Ferris State is 8-3-2 (.692) in its last 13 home appearances versus Bowling Green State.  The Bulldogs are averaging 3.92 goals per outing (51 total) during those 13 outings while the Falcons have averaged 2.38 goals an outing (31 total) for a 1.54-goals differential.  In the most recent series at Big Rapids (11/9-10/07), FSU suffered a pair of setbacks (6-3 and 3-1) to BGSU.  Ferris State is 5-8-2 all-time in November matchups against Bowling Green State, which includes a 1-5-2 home mark.

Grand Occasion: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) became the 15th netminder in Ferris State history to compile 1,000 career saves with a season-high 31 stops at Alaska last Saturday (10/31).  Nagle has presently accumulated 1,021 career saves in 42 appearances and trails Dave Swierpel (1975-77; 1,167 career saves) for 14th-place honors by 146 stops.

Seven Up: Sophomore center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) has registered a team-high seven points (1-6=7) in as many outings this season, which includes three two-point game efforts - vs. Connecticut (10/16 & 10/17) and against Robert Morris (10/24).  Graham totaled a point (0-1=1) in six contests following the Bulldogs' initial eight 2008-09 season encounters.

Playmaker: Senior right wing Cody Chupp's (Big Rapids) squad-best tying six assists (1-6=7) in eight outings this season already surpasses his total from a season ago in which the FSU team captain recorded 12 points (7-5=12) in 33 games. 

A Year Ago: Ferris State compiled a 5-3-1 record last November as the Bulldogs averaged 2.56 goals per game (23 goals) to the opposition's 2.44 goals an outing (22 goals).  FSU outscored its opponent 7-4 in the first period and 9-5 in the second while being outscored 13-7 in the third period.  The Bulldogs operated at .204 efficiency on the power play (10-49) and 87.0% (47-54) in penalty-kill situations.

No Place Like Home: Ferris State is 4-0-0 in home contests this season after producing a 2-2-0 home ledger a season ago following its initial four home appearances.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 17-7 this season at home compared to a 13-11 goals margin last season.  FSU's two goaltenders Pat Nagle and sophomore Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) have a combined 1.71 goals-against average (seven goals allowed) and a .928 save percentage (90 saves).  Last season, the pair had a 2.75 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) and an .899 save percentage (98 saves).

The Red Express: Junior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) is one point of notching his 50th career point.  The 2008-09 team Most Valuable Player Award recipient has currently generated 49 points on 10 goals and 39 assists in 83 contests, which included a career single-season high 24 points (3-21=24) in 38 outings for the 2008-09 campaign.

Getting Offensive: The Bulldogs' defensive corps have combined to account for 28.2% (20-71) of the squad's points production and 12.0% (3-25) of their goal-scoring output.  Zach Redmond (1-5=6) along with senior Matt Case (1-3=4) and sophomore Chad Billins (1-3=4) have totaled 70.0% (14-20) of the FSU blueline group's scoring this season.

Lamplighter Lewicki: Senior right wing Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has tallied a goal in three of his last four games, which included a first-period power-play marker at Alaska last Saturday (10/31).  Lewicki has a squad-best four goals (4-0=4) in his first eight games this season after producing six points (4-2=6) in his initial seven outings last season through the team's first eight encounters. 

Looking Ahead: Ferris State will go up against the nationally number-one ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks next weekend, Nov. 13-14, at MU's Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.  The series opener on Friday (Nov. 13) will commence at 7:35 p.m. (EST) and Saturday's (Nov. 14) contest is slated to start at 7:05 p.m. (EST).  The series marks the first two of four regular-season matchups between the two teams this 2009-10 campaign.

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. 

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 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.

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