Ferris State Hockey Chosen Seventh In 2010-11 CCHA Coaches Poll
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The results are in and the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been selected to finish in the middle of the pack for the upcoming 2010-11 season in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Media and Coaches Polls which were released this Wednesday (Sept. 29) by the conference office.
Ferris State was chosen sixth in the CCHA Media Poll with 546 points and tallied a seventh-place 64 points total in the Coaches Poll as the voting results were presented via teleconference. The CCHA's 11 head coaches and a total of 75 media members participated in the respective annual preseason polls.
For the third time in four years, the coaches and media disagreed upon who the preseason favorite should be. In the media poll, Miami (Ohio) earned the top spot as the RedHawks received 877 points to go with 57 first-place votes. The 2009-10 CCHA regular-season champions are coming off back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances. A total of 75 media members ranked the 11 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the 2010-11 regular season. Points were awarded on an 11-10-9-8, etc., basis.
In the coaches poll, Michigan was tabbed as the favorite as the Wolverines earned eight of the possible 10 first-place votes and also picked up two second-place votes. Michigan, which captured the Mason Cup as the 2010 CCHA Tournament Champions, compiled a first-place 108 points to place three points ahead of Miami. The league coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.
A season ago, Ferris State placed eighth in the CCHA Coaches Poll while the Bulldogs were tabbed ninth by the media. FSU received 50 points in the coaches poll while racking up 314 in the media forecast. Ferris State, under head coach Bob Daniels, would go on to post a 21-13-6 overall record and a third-place 13-9-6-4 mark (49 league points) in CCHA competition. The nationally-ranked Bulldogs also made their first CCHA Championships appearance since 2002-03 and the 21 victories compiled tied for the fourth-most single-season wins in the program's history.
This season, Ferris State welcomes back 20 letterwinners from the 2009-10 squad as 57.6% (189-328) of the team's points production returns along with 53.4% (63-118) of its goal-scoring output from last season's campaign.
The Bulldogs open their 2010-11 schedule this Saturday (Oct. 2) with an exhibition matchup against the Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. (EDT). The following weekend (Oct. 7-8), Ferris State will officially start its 2010-11 campaign with a two-game non-league road series against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in Huntsville, Ala. An 8:05 p.m. (EDT) start time is slated for both contests at UAH's Von Braun Center and both games will be broadcast live on Big Country WWBR 100.9 FM as Dominic Hennig returns to call the action for the second straight season.
Ferris State's home opener takes place Oct. 15-16 as the Bulldogs host the St. Lawrence Saints in a pair of non-league contests at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Both outings in the home-opening series commence at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) and tickets are available by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. Fans may also go online at www.startickets.com to purchase single-game tickets.
|1. Michigan (8)||108|
|2. Miami (3)||103|
|4. Michigan State||76|
|5. Notre Dame||75|
|6. Northern Michigan||65|
|7. Ferris State||64|
|8. Ohio State||56|
|9. Lake Superior State||35|
|10. Western Michigan||29|
|11. Bowling Green State||23|
|1. Miami (57)||877|
|2. Michigan (17)||825|
|3. Michigan State (1)||651|
|5. Notre Dame||567|
|6. Ferris State||546|
|7. Northern Michigan||536|
|8. Ohio State||428|
|9. Lake Superior State||312|
|10. Western Michigan||225|
|11. Bowling Green State||190|