March 16, 2010

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Selection Show Party To Be Held This Sunday At The Gate

A NCAA Selection Show party for the nationally-ranked 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will be held this Sunday (March 21) at The Gate in Big Rapids, Mich., as Bulldog fans, alumni, and friends are invited to attend this special event.

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).  In anticipation of this event, The Gate will be having a "Selection Show" party starting at 11 a.m. (EDT).  A spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and meat balls will be served for $10 apiece with $5 of each meal going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Ferris State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will also be conducting a silent auction for authographed posters with the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A  "meet and greet" with all the 26 current 2009-10 Bulldog hockey student-athletes in  attendance is going to be held while the coaching staff, hockey support staff and university administrators will also be present. 

If selected, Ferris State will be making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history as the 2002-03 team earned the first-ever berth.  The 2002-03 squad was among the national tourney's final eight teams as the Bulldogs advanced to the West Regional Championship game.

This season, Ferris State is currently 21-11-6 overall and produced a third-place 13-9-6-4 mark in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season standings.  FSU's 21 victories this season to date represents a tie for the fourth-most single-season wins in the program's history.

FSU, under 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels, will play in this Friday's (March 19) 2010 CCHA Championship Semifinal-Round contest against Northern Michigan at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.  Opening faceoff is set for 4:35 p.m. (EDT) and the game will be televised live on FS Detroit.  Both the third-place game and the Mason Cup Championship contest will take place on Saturday (March 20) at 3:35 p.m. (EDT) and 7:35 p.m. (EDT), respectively.  The winner of this Saturday's CCHA Mason Cup Championship game receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship Tournament. 

The four regional sites and dates for the 2010 NCAA Tournament are as follows: East (March 26-27) at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.; West (March 26-27) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.; Northeast (March 27-28) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.; and Midwest (March 27-28) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

The semifinals and the championship game for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four will be held Thursday, April 8, and Saturday, April 10, respectively at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.  

ESPN 2 is available on DirectTV channel 209 (HD-channel 72), DISH Network channel 144, and available on most cable systems (check your local listings). 

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