Weekly Notes Game 28: Michigan State at Ferris State

Weekly Notes Game 28: Michigan State at Ferris State

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vs. Michigan State Spartans

Thursday (Jan. 27) - 7:35 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Thursday
Live Video Webcast:  Thursday - America One
Television: FS Detroit (Comcast Cable channels 30, 31, 32, 33; Charter Cable channel 33; Dish Network channel 430, DirectTV channel 663, AT&T U-Verse channel 737, Ferris State campus channel 25, and WOW!-Wide Open West channel 32)
 Radio Broadcast: Thursday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
                                     Dominic Hennig
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The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team hosts the Michigan State Spartans this Thursday (Jan. 27) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) matchup at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.   The contest, which will be televised live on FS Detroit, will represent the final meeting between the two in-state schools for the 2010-11 regular season.  

It's a Bulldog BOGO Thursday!:  Fans have a special opportunity to Buy One, Get One (BOGO) for adult tickets only to this Thursday's (Jan. 27) home game versus Michigan State.  Fans will receive a second ticket to the game free of charge after purchasing a ticket at the full price of $16 per person.  This ticket offer is only redeemable by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).  For more information, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.  This offer isn't redeemable online or on the day of the game. Also offer not valid for previous sales.

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 upcoming Feb. 11-12 non-league home series against Alabama-Huntsville will represent the final designated Meijer Family Night for the 2010-11 regular season.  The Meijer Family Night is a special chance in which fans can take advantage of a great offer while watching exciting Bulldog Hockey action.  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.  

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).  A live internet audio broadcast is also available through UStream.  Live internet statistics is also  available for all Bulldog men's ice hockey home contests.

On TV: This Thursday's (Jan. 27) home contest versus Michigan State will be televised live by FS Detroit (FSD) with Ken Daniels calling the action and Fred Pletsch providing color commentary.  Shannon Hogan will serve as the rinkside reporter.    

The Records: Ferris State is presently 11-12-4 overall and 8-10-3-2 (4th-place tie-29 pts.) in the CCHA this season after suffering a pair of league road losses to Northern Michigan last weekend (Jan. 21-22) at NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.  The Bulldogs fell 2-1 in overtime to the Wildcats in last Friday's (Jan. 21) series opener before being dealt a 3-1 loss by NMU in Saturday's (Jan. 22) series finale.  Ferris State is 6-4-3 at home, 5-7-1 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites to date 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.  The Bulldogs went on to make its first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Michigan State has compiled a 10-12-4 overall record with a 6-10-2-0 (10th place-20 pts.) in CCHA action to date this campaign.  The Spartans split a home league series against nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Jan. 21-22), winning 7-4 over the RedHawks in last Friday's (Jan. 21) opener before suffering a 4-0 loss in Saturday's (Jan. 22) finale at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  MSU, which is 4-2-1 in its last seven appearances to date, is 3-7-1 on the road, 6-4-3 at home, and 1-1-0 at neutral sites 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, 301-346-73 (.469) - (13-36-8 vs. Michigan State -- 3-15-5 Home, 9-20-2 Away, 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.  Daniels notched his 300th career victory on Jan. 7, 2011, in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State.

Michigan State - Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, 1972), 9th season, 181-133-39 (.568); Career: 38th season, 778-608-110 (.557) - (12-6-3 vs. Ferris State at MSU and 49-18-5 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 are led in scoring by junior forward Brett Perlini (15-10=25), who leads five players with double-digit points.  Sophomore forward Derek Grant (4-19=23) and sophomore defenseman Torey Krug (8-13=21) are also among MSU's top points leaders.  Junior Drew Palmisano (7-11-3, 2.98 GAA, .903sv%) and freshman Will Yankakeff (3-1-1, 2.03 GAA, .929sv%) are the Spartans' goaltenders.  Nationally, Michigan State ranks 32nd in both scoring defense (2.92) and power-play efficiency (17.1%), tied for 36th in scoring offense (2.62 gpg.), 37th in scoring margin (-0.31), 39th in penalty minutes (12.9 avg.), and 48th in penalty-kill efficiency (78.4%).  

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Michigan State will meet for the 111th time this Thursday with the Spartans posting a 67-28-15 series lead.  The Bulldogs are 11-27-8 at home, 16-39-6 on the road, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites against MSU.  Ferris State has compiled a 2-1-0 mark versus the Spartans this regular season with a pair of victories at MSU's Munn Ice Arena -- 3-0 win (Nov. 23) and 1-0 overtime victory (Dec. 4).  FSU dropped a 3-2 decision to Michigan State in its only home appearance this season (Dec. 3) in the front end of a weekend CCHA home-and-home series.  The Bulldogs are 5-13-3 in their last 21 matchups with the Spartans, which includes a 2-6-1 home ledger.  Fifteen of the last 19 meetings between the two teams has been decided by two goals or less with Ferris producing a 3-9-3 mark in those encounters.  Ferris State sports a 2-9-2 record all-time in January contests, which includes a 0-5-0 home mark.  Senior center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) has totaled a team-high eight career points (3-5=8) in nine outings versus the Spartans while senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 3-3-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .936 saves percentage in seven career appearances against Michigan State.

Hobey Baker Award Candidates: Two Ferris State seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been named as 2010-11 season candidates for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award which is awarded annually to college hockey's top player.  The pair are among 68 candidates for the Award and the popular fan-voting phase is currently open at the Hobey Baker website - www.hobeybaker.com.  Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make a selection from this year's outstanding group of college hockey players.  Nagle presently ranks seventh among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.96), 13th in save percentage (.924), and tied for 29th in winning percentage (.565) while Redmond is tied for 37th place in game-winning goals (two). 

Climbing The Chart: Goaltender Pat Nagle is 24 saves away from moving into a fifth-place tie with Craig Lisko (1989-93; 2,165 career saves) among Ferris State's all-time saves leaders.  Nagle, a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, has currently accumulated 2,141 stops in 89 career appearances for a 24.1 saves per outing average. 

Doubling Up: Junior center Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) notched his 10th point (4-6=10) of this season with an assist in last Friday's (Jan. 21) 2-1 overtime loss at Northern Michigan.  Johnston attained double digits in points for the first time in his Bulldog career after recording four points apiece in his previous two campaigns (2008-09 – 3-1=4 and 2009-10 – 1-3=4).

Finding The Net: Junior right wing Aaron Schmit (Grafton, Wis.) has netted a goal in three of the last four contests in which he has produced a point.  Schmit tallied a lamplighter in back-to-back encounters against Alaska (Dec. 11) and Bemidji State (Dec. 31) at the Mariucci Classic before potting a marker in last Saturday's (Jan. 22) tilt at Northern Michigan.  Schmit's career season-high six points (3-3=6) in 25 games this campaign surpasses last season's two points (1-1=2) in 18 outings.

Fillin' It Up: Senior left wing Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge) has totaled eight points (5-3=8) in 23 games this season which doubles his points production of eight points (2-2=4) in 25 encounters.  Fillinger, who posted a career-best 13 points (9-4=13) in 31 2007-08 contests, has netted a goal in two of his last three appearances – vs. Michigan (Jan. 17) and at Northern Michigan (Jan. 21).

Career Numbers: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) has produced a career season-high 12 points (6-6=12) in 22 outings this campaign, which doubles his 2009-10 season output of six points (1-5=6) in 21 encounters.  Hennig has recorded at least a point in 10 contests this season highlighted by a pair of two-point game performances - 1-1=2 against Ohio State (Oct. 22) and at Michigan (Jan. 14).  Last season, Hennig claimed two points (0-2=2) in nine appearances through the Bulldogs' first 25 contests. 

Offensive Defender: Zach Redmond presently ranks 40th among Ferris State's all-time leaders with 86 points on 21 goals and 65 assists in 134 games.  The Bulldog team captain is also one point shy of moving into a 38th-place tie with Phil Lewandowski (1999-02; 40-47=87) and Blair Riley (2006-09; 42-45=87).  Redmond is sixth in assists (65), seventh in points (86), and tied for ninth in goals (21) on the program's all-time leaders list for defensemen.

Consistent Producer: Junior defenseman Chad Billins' (Marysville) 11 points (5-6=11) in 25 games this campaign matches his career season best.  Billins, who ranks second among the 2010-11 team's defenders in scoring to date and has scored a career season-best three game-winning goals, compiled 11 points apiece in his previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10).  The two-time (Oct. 11 and Nov. 29) CCHA Defenseman of the Week recorded 11 points (2-9=11) in 27 games for the 2008-09 season and then tallied 11 points (3-8=11) in 40 outings for the 2009-10 campaign. 

Close Encounters: Twenty one of Ferris State's 27 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 19 of the last 23 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 7-10-4 mark (.429) in those 21 encounters. 

On Home Ice: Ferris State is averaging 2.54 goals per game (33 total) in its 13 home games this season while the opposition has posted a 2.38 goals average (31 total).  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 17-5 in the second period in those home contests.  FSU has converted 13.6% (8-59) of its power-play opportunities and is at 88.2% (67-76) efficiency in penalty-kill situations.

One More: Pat Nagle is one victory shy of equalling his career single-season best 12 victories (12-10-3 record) established a season ago in 26 contests.  Nagle presently has registered an 11-8-4 mark between the posts as a starter in all 23 outings played in this campaign. 

Worth Mentioning: Ferris State's 3-0 win at Michigan State on Nov. 23 represented the Bulldogs' first shutout victory over the Spartans in their all-time series.  FSU managed to register a 0-0 overtime tie versus Michigan State in the 2000-01 season (Dec. 8, 2000) at Big Rapids, Mich. and then would post a 1-0 overtime win at MSU earlier this season (Dec. 4) on a FS Detroit televised contest.

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle presently ranks second among the Bulldogs' career leaders in both save percentage (.915) and goals-against average (2.35) while the netminder is third in victories (38), fifth in both games (89) and minutes played (5,076), tied for fifth in shutouts (five), sixth in saves (2,141) and tied for 13th in winning percentage (.500).

Dominant RedZach Redmond presently ranks 40th on Ferris State's all-time points leader list with 86 career points (21-65=86) and is listed 27th place in assists.  The FSU blueliner is tied for ninth in goals among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen while ranking fifth in assists and seventh in points.

Blueline Scoring: FSU's eight defensemen have produced 32.7% (51-156) of the Bulldogs' total points production this season while accounting for 23.3% (14-60) of their goal scoring.  Ferris' top two scoring defensmen, Zach Redmond (6-10=16) and Chad Billins (5-6=11) have combined to account for 52.9% (27-51) of the team's points among the Bulldogs' blueline corps.

Bulldog Hockey Reunion: The Continue The Ferris Hockey Legacy! reunion for past Bulldog players and coaches from 1979-89 will be held on Feb. 19 in conjunction with the FSU's hockey team's home CCHA contest versus Notre Dame.  Admission is free to for those players and coaches in the 1979-89 era and those in attendance will be introduced between the first and second periods.  A group ticket price of $6 will be available for family members/guests and an after game social will be held in the Bulldog Hockey Locker room lounge area.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 100-69-24 record (.580) 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 6-4-3 (.577) 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) and two more times in the second half - vs. Alabama-Huntsville (2/12) and Notre Dame (2/19).  Fox Sports North will air Ferris State's matchup versus Minnesota (1/1) at the Mariucci 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.