Weekly Notes Game 15: #19/20 Ferris State at Michigan State

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THIS WEEK:
at Michigan State Spartans

Tuesday (Nov. 23) - 7:08 p.m. (EST)
Munn Ice Arena (6,470 capacity) - East Lansing, Michigan

 Live Game Statistics: Tuesday
Video Radio Broadcast: Tuesday on Newsradio 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN with Dominic Hennig calling the action and Dan Kowalski providing game analysis.  Listen
TV Television: Comcast Television (channel 900) 
Video Live Video Webcast: Michigan State All-Access

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will be skating in its third Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) game in five days as the Bulldogs visit the Michigan State Spartans this Tuesday (Nov. 23) evening at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  The puck will drop at 7:08 p.m. (EST) for the live televised contest and represents the first of three straight appearances for the Bulldogs against the Spartans over the next two weeks.  The two in-state schools are scheduled to meet four times during the 2010-11 regular-season campaign.    

On TV: This Tuesday's (Nov. 23) contest at Michigan State will be televised live by Comcast Television and is available on selected cable systems throughout the state on channel 900.  Matt Shepard will call the action with Lyle Phair serving as the color analyst.  Rob Otto is the rinkside reporter.

2010-11 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2010-11 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.

Meijer Family Nights: The next designated Meijer Family Night will be the Dec. 10-11 home series versus the Alaska Nanooks.  Meijer Family Nights feature fans receiving four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn all for only $32. Meijer Bulldog Hockey Night coupons are presently available at the Big Rapids Meijer and the coupon can be redeemed at the Ferris State University Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to each game's starting time. The offer is only redeemable for the following Bulldog home hockey contests -- Dec. 10-11 vs. Alaska and Feb. 11-12 against Alabama-Huntsville.   

Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2010-11 FSU men's ice hockey home games through America One (formerly B2 Networks) for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on America One icon).  Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home contests. 

The Records: Ferris State is presently 6-5-3 overall and 3-4-3-2 (sixth place) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season.  FSU is ranked 19th in the nation this week (Nov. 21) by Inside College Hockey.com and is listed 20th in U.S. College Hockey Online.com's poll.  The Bulldogs posted a 1-0-1 mark this past weekend (Nov. 19-20) in a two-game league home series against nationally-ranked Western Michigan at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  FSU registered a 3-1 triumph over the Broncos in last Friday's (Nov. 19) opener and then skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in Saturday's (Nov. 20) encounter before falling 5-4 in the shootout.  The Bulldogs are currently 1-4-0 on the road, 5-1-3 at home, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season.  FSU produced a 21-13-6 overall record for the 2009-10 season, which included a third-place 13-9-6-(4) ledger in the CCHA.  Ferris State went on to make their first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Michigan State is 4-5-3 overall and 2-5-1-0 (ninth place) in the CCHA to date this season after suffering a pair of league road losses (6-2 and 4-2) to nationally-ranked Notre Dame last weekend (Nov. 19-20) at UND's Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind.  The Spartans are listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 22) U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll.  MSU, which is 1-5-0 in its last six outings, has compiled a 4-1-3 home record this campaign.  Last season, the Spartans posted a 19-13-6 overall record and placed second in the CCHA with a second-place 14-8-6-2 ledger. 

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 296-339-72 (.469) - (11-35-8 vs. Michigan State -- 7-20-2 Away, 3-14-5 Home, and 1-1-1 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 both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Awards.  Prior to the 2010-11 season, Daniels ranked 15th in victories among NCAA Division I active coaches and was listed 48th place in all-time wins.

Michigan State - Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, 1972), 9th season, 175-126-38 (.572); Career: 38th season, 772-601-109 (.558) - (11-4-3 vs. Ferris State at MSU and 48-16-5 vs. FSU in career).  Comley, who spent 26 seasons (1976-2002) as the first head coach at Northern Michigan, is one of three coaches to win NCAA titles at two institutions (1991 at Northern Michigan and 2007 at Michigan State), a part of three National Championship teams, and is among the top five coaches all-time in collegiate victories.  He's a two-time (1980 and 1991) recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award as the Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year while also earning Coach of the Year plaudits in both the CCHA (1980 and 1981) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (1989 and 1991).

Scouting Michigan State: The Spartans presently have three skaters with double-digit points totals this season, led by junior forward Brett Perlini (8-5=13) along with sophomore forward Derek Grant (2-9=11) and sophomore defenseman Torey Krug (3-7=10).  Junior goaltender Drew Palmisano (4-4-3, 2.57 GAA, .907sv%) has made 11 appearances this campaign.   Palmisano earned All-CCHA Second-Team plaudits a season ago.  MSU ranks 23rd nationally in power-play efficiency (18.3%), 28th in scoring defense (2.83), 29th in scoring margin (-0.08), and tied for 31st in scoring offense (2.75).

The All-Time Series: The two in-state teams will faceoff for the 108th time this Tuesday evening with Michigan State having a 66-26-15 series lead.  The Bulldogs are 14-39-6 on the road, 11-26-8 at home, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites against MSU.  Ferris State and Michigan State split last season's (Feb. 19-20) home-and-home series with the Bulldogs recorded a 4-1 home triumph over the then 12th-ranked Spartans (Feb. 19) before Michigan State claimed a 3-2 decision in the series finale (Feb. 20) at East Lansing, Mich.  Ferris State is 3-12-3 in its last 18 encounters against Michigan State, which includes a 1-7-2 road ledger. Thirteen of the last 16 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs notching a 2-8-3 record in those outings.  FSU has compiled a 5-8-5 all-time record in November encounters, which includes a 2-2-0 mark on the road.

On The Road: The Bulldogs are averaging 1.60 goals per game (eight total) in their five away outings this season while the opposition has averaged 2.60 goals (31 total) per game.  FSU holds a 3-1 scoring advantage in the third period but trails 8-5 in the second frame.  Ferris State has outshot its opponent 157-116 +41), which includes 50-33 in the first period and 60-46 in the second.  The Bulldogs are operating at 21.1% (4-19) efficiency on the power play and 78.3% (18-23) in penalty killing.  Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 1-3-0 between the posts with a 2.48 goals-against average (nine goals allowed) and an .897 saves percentage (78 total saves) in 218 minutes of action as a starter in all four contests played in.

Productive Shootouts: Ferris State has posted a 6-3 all-time record (.667) in CCHA shootouts since their adoption prior to the 2008-09 season.  The Bulldogs are 2-1 in shootouts this season after tallying a 4-2 mark a season ago.  FSU skated to a 2-0 shootout home win over nationally-ranked Michigan (Oct. 29) and a 3-2 home triumph against top-ranked Miami (Nov. 6).  This past Saturday (Nov. 20), the Bulldogs lost 5-4 to Western Michigan at home in what represents the highest-scoring shootout to date in CCHA history.  Last season (Nov. 14), Ferris State was involved in a league-record 22-skater shootout at Miami (Ohio) as the Bulldogs prevailed by a 2-1 count. 

Close Encounters: Eleven of Ferris State's 14 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes nine of the last 10 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 4-4-3 mark in those 11 encounters.  

Climbing Up The Charts: Pat Nagle is only six saves shy of moving into an seventh-place tie with Marc Felicio (1990-92; 1,876 career saves) among Ferris State's all-time saves leaders.  Nagle has presently racked up 1,870 career stops in 77 career appearances and is the eighth Bulldog netminder to ever compile at least 1,800 career saves.  

Short Success: Senior left wing Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge) tallied his career season best second short-handed goal of this campaign in last Friday's (Nov. 19) 3-1 league home triumph over Western Michigan.  Fillinger, who tallied a goal apiece in last weekend's (Nov. 19-20) series versus WMU, has netted three short-handers in 83 career outings to date.  Fillinger has produced 71.4% (15 goals) of his 21 career points on lamplighters.  The Bulldog forward has generated three points (3-0=3) in 10 outings this campaign and is one point shy of matching last season's four points (2-2=4) output in 25 contests. 

Best For Last: Senior center Nate Hennig's (Macomb) seven points (4-3=7) in 11 games this season represents a career best, surpassing his six points (1-5=6) in 21 contests a season ago.  Hennig started out his final collegiate campaign with a four-game goal-scoring streak (Oct. 8-22) and a combined five points (4-1=5) during that span. 

Among The Best: Pat Nagle presently ranks fourth on FSU's all-time netminding leaders list with 33 career victories (33-32-9 record).  Nagle, who has a 6-4-3 record as a starter in 13 outings this season, is three victories shy of tying Vince Owen's (1997-00) third-place 36 career wins total.  Mike Brown is the current record holder with 63 career victories (63-57-7 record).    

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 99-66-24 record (.587) at home since the 2000-01 campaign.  FSU has reached double-figure win totals in a season on four occasions, which includes 15 victories in the 2002-03 (15-4-1) and 2009-10 (15-3-2) campaigns.  The Bulldogs presently sport a 5-1-3 (.722) record in home appearances this season.  

CCHA Standings: Fans can view the complete 2010-11 CCHA Standings at this link - CCHA Standings.  The composite 2010-11 league schedule can be accessed at this link - CCHA Schedule along with overall and league statistics - CCHA Statistics

CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the 2010-11 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 64 points.  The Bulldogs received 546 points in the media poll to place sixth among the 11 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.

CCHA Preseason Honors: Zach Redmond has been selected a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason All-Conference First-Team member in voting conducted by the league's 11 head coaches.  Redmond was among six individuals to achieve first-team laurels as coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players.  The 6-2, 205-pound blueliner registered a career season-best 27 points on six goals with 21 assists, which tied career season highs, in 40 contests for the 2009-10 campaign.  Redmond, a three-time CCHA Defenseman of the Week pick a season ago, attained honorable mention accolades on both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams.  Pat Nagle garnered second-team laurels after registering a 12-10-3 record with a 2.13 goals-against average (53 goals allowed) and a .923 saves percentage (636 total saves) as a starter in 24 of 26 outings a season ago. 

Well-Deserved Recognition: Zach Redmond has been named to Inside College Hockey.com's (INCH) 2010-11 Preseason All-America Third Team and was of six individuals to receive such recognition as announced on Oct. 7.  The selections were made by Inside College Hockey editors and staff, with input from the media and coaches from around the country.  Redmond was also tabbed a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason All-Conference First-Team honoree.   

Top Dog: Zach Redmond has been selected Ferris State's team captain for the 2010-11 season and is the 39th individual in the program's history who will be wearing the captain's ‘C' on his jersey.  He was drafted in the 2008 National Hockey League's (NHL) Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers with the 184th overall pick in the seventh round.

TV Exposure: Ferris State will making a combined five national and regional appearances on television this upcoming 2010-11 season.  FSU make its TV debut on Comcast Television, which will showcase the Bulldogs on three occasions - at Michigan (10/30), at Michigan State (11/23), and against Michigan (1/15).  FS Detroit (FSD) will feature the Ferris State-Michigan State matchup twice as the first will take place on the Spartans' ice (12/4) and the latter (1/27) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.  The Bulldogs' weekend home-and-home series opener at Michigan (1/14) will be aired by CBS College Sports Network.  Ferris Television will televise three home CCHA outings in the first half of this 2010-11 season - vs. Michigan (10/29), Miami (11/5), and Michigan State (12/3).  Fox Sports North is scheduled to air Ferris State's matchup versus Minnesota (1/1) at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Head of The Class: Senior Zach Redmond has been named as a candidate for the 2010-11 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 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four to be held in early April at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. 

2011 Frozen Four : Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four scheduled for April 7 and 9, 2011 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., are available for purchase by visiting www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000.   Each all-session ticket includes the two semifinal games on Thursday, April 7, and the national championship game on Saturday, April 9.  For more information on the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, visit www.NCAA.com/frozenfour.

Bulldog Hockey Twitbook: All Ferris State Bulldog Hockey fans now can have access to additional information on the 2010-11 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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