Bulldog Hockey Starting To Receive National Attention

Goaltender Taylor Nelson and the Bulldogs are listed in two national college hockey polls this week. (Photo by Ed Hyde)
Goaltender Taylor Nelson and the Bulldogs are listed in two national college hockey polls this week. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

The 2009-10 season-opening success presently experienced by the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team is starting to be acknowledged nationally as the Bulldogs are listed this week (Oct. 26) in two national collegiate hockey polls. 

Ferris State, which is presently off to its best start since the 2002-03 season with a 5-1-0 overall record, is listed among other teams receiving votes in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Polls.

The Bulldogs earned 20 points in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports poll, which consists of 50 voters encompassing 28 coaches from the NCAA Division I conferences along with 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll is published weekly by the Associated Press

FSU garnered a point in the 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, which is conducted on a weekly basis in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association.  The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

The Bulldogs, under 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are coming off a pair of home non-league series sweeps the last two weekends (Oct. 16-17 and 23-24) in Big Rapids, Mich.  FSU claimed 2-1 and 6-1 victories over Connecticut (Oct. 16-17) before skating to a 5-4 overtime triumph along with a 4-1 decision against Robert Morris this past weekend (Oct. 23-24) to extend its current winning streak to four consecutive. 

Ferris State will now prepare to face the nationally-ranked Alaska Nanooks this weekend (Oct. 30-31) in the Bulldogs' Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series opener at Fairbanks, Alaska.  Both games will start at 11:05 p.m. (EDT) and can be viewed live on Ferris State's B2Networks Webcase link at www.b2now.com.  Alaska is presently ranked 13th in this week's Inside College Hockey.com Poll and is listed 16th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll.