With the first half of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team's 2009-10 season concluded, Bulldog hockey radio announcer Dominic Hennig recently sat down with seniors Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) and Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) to review the team's noteworthy success to date.
Ferris State has presently registered a 13-3-2 overall mark with a third-place 8-2-2-2 ledger in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) while totaling 28 league points. FSU is off to its best start since the 1979-80 season and has a current 10-game (8-0-2 record) unbeaten streak entering this weekend's (Jan. 2-3) 21st annual Badger Hockey Showdown in Madison, Wis.
The Bulldogs, under 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are presently ranked a season-best 11th in the nation by both USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online. Ferris State is listed 14th in Inside College Hockey.com's poll. As a result of its success, FSU was selected the College Hockey News' Team of the Week (Dec. 8) and recently was 10th place in the College Hockey News' Midseason Top-10 National Rankings.
Ferris State has been dominant at home this season as the Bulldogs' present 11-0-0 mark inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena ties a school record for most consecutive home victories.
The 2009-10 team started out this season winning five of its first six contests and finished October with a 5-3-0 record. The Bulldogs continued to build momentum in November with a pair of league shootout wins at number-one ranked Miami (Ohio) en route to compiling a 4-0-2 ledger for the month. FSU was featured by the NHL Network in the weekend series opener.
One of this season's first-half highlights besides a CCHA-record 22-skater shootout triumph in the series finale against Miami was an overtime home league win over Ohio State to close out the month of November after overcoming a three-goal deficit early in the third period. The Bulldogs would then proceed to remain perfect in their four December outings, which featured a home league series sweep of nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha early in the month.
Ferris State will hope to continue its high level of success in the second-half of the 2009-10 season and fans will have an opportunity to be a part of this memorable campaign at a savings through the "Home Stretch Special" ticket package for the team's remaining seven home regular-season contests.