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at Alabama-Huntsville Chargers
Thursday & Friday (Oct. 7-8) - 8:05 p.m. (EDT)
Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center (6,800 capacity) - Huntsville, Alabama
Live Game Statistics: Thursday
Radio Broadcast: Thursday on Newstalk 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN. Friday on Big Country 100.9 FM WWBR with Dominic Hennig calling the action. Listen
Live Video Webcast: America One
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will officially drop the puck on the 2010-11 season and its 32nd season of NCAA Division I intercollegiate competition this week (Oct. 7-8) against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in a two-game non-league series at Huntsville, Ala.
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.
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 0-0-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 exhibition decision to Ontario Institute of Technology last Saturday (Oct. 2) evening at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. 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 their first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.
Alabama-Huntsville currently sports a 0-0-0 overall record this season and is midst its first season as an independent. The Chargers wrapped up the 2009-10 campaign at 12-18-3 overall with a third-place tying 6-10-2 mark in the now-defunct College Hockey America (CHA). UAH earned an automatic berth into the 2010 NCAA Tournament by winning the CHA Tournament (March 14) with a 3-2 overtime victory over host Niagara at Niagara, N.Y. The Chargers concluded its notable season in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional (March 27) in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a result of a 2-1 loss to nationally top-ranked Miami (Ohio).
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 290-334-69 (.460) - (2-1-0 vs. Alabama-Huntsville - 0-0-0 Away, 2-0-0 Home, and 0-1-0 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.
Alabama-Huntsville: Chris Luongo (Michigan State, 1990), 1st season, 0-0-0 (.000) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Luongo was promoted to head coach in July 2010 after serving the last two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) as the Chargers' top assistant coach. He earned All-CCHA recognition at Michigan State as a defenseman under legendary head coach Ron Mason and then made his NHL debut in 1990-91 as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.
Scouting Alabama-Huntsville: The Chargers return 15 letterwinners from last season's squad, led by senior forward Neil Ruffini (9-5=14), sophomore forward Keenan Desmet (4-10=14), and sophomore forward Justin Cseter (5-8=13). Senior defenseman Ryan Burkholder (0-1=1) leads the blueline unit and will serve as UAH's 2010-11 team captain. The goaltending duties are up for grabs as three freshmen are contending for the starter role in John Griggs, C.J. Groh, and Clarke Saunders. The Chargers concluded 2009-10 ranked fifth among the national leaders in penalty-kill efficiency (86.6%), 18th in scoring defense (2.70 gpg.), 39th in penalty minutes (12.9 pmpg), 44th in scoring margin (-0.48), 50th in power-play efficiency (14.9%), and 52nd in scoring offense (2.21 gpg.).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Alabama-Huntsville will square off for the sixth and seventh times in a series which the Bulldogs lead 4-1-0 and originated in the 1985-86 season. FSU is 4-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites versus the Chargers. The Bulldogs swept UAH in a two-game home series back in the 2008-09 campaign (12/12-13), winning 4-2 and 5-2. The lone loss suffered by Ferris State in the series occurred at the 2002 Connecticut Classic (12/29) as a result of a 5-4 overtime loss. FSU is averaging 6.60 goals per game (33 total) in the series while UAH has scored at a 2.80 average (14 total) for a 3.80 goals differential. Ferris State is 2-0-0 all-time in October encounters versus the Chargers.
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.
Season Openers: FSU is presently 10-18-3 (.371) all-time in season-opening encounters prior to this Thursday's (10/7) opener at Alabama-Huntsville. The Bulldogs skated to a 5-1 victory over Canisius in last season’s opener (10/9)â€ˆin Buffalo, N.Y. to snap a season-opening seven-game losing skid dating back to 2002. Prior to last season's opening triumph, Ferris State hadn't won a season-opening outing since 2001 (10/12) when the Bulldogs posted a 5-2 triumph at Wayne State.
Road Openers: The Bulldogs are 9-19-3 (.339) in road openers dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 4-6-0 mark in their last 10 such outings. FSU claimed a 5-1 triumph at Canisius in its road-opening tilt last season (10/9) before the Griffs posted a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs in the series finale (10/10).
CCHA Preseason Honors: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) 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. Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) 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.
Redmond Named Captain: 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.
Making Their Mark: Zach Redmond and Pat Nagle have already etched their names among Ferris State's all-time leaders in several statistical categories. Redmond currently ranks 12th in career assists (55), 13th in points (70), and 16th in goals (15) on FSU's all-time defensemen leaders while Nagle is presently second in career goals-against average (2.49), third in saves percentage (.913), ninth in minutes played (3,608), tied for ninth in games played (64), tied for 10th in victories (27), and 11th in saves (1,566).
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. 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).
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.