November 9, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 11-12: #20 Ferris State at Lake Superior State

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THIS WEEK:
at Lake Superior State Lakers

Friday & Saturday (Nov. 12-13) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Taffy Abel Arena (4,000 capacity) - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

 Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Video Radio Broadcast: Friday and Saturday on Newsradio 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN with Dominic Hennig calling the action.  Listen
TV Television: None 
Video Live Video Webcast: America One

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 20th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, which is coming off an impressive series performance against the nation's top-ranked team this past weekend, will take to the road this weekend (Nov. 12-13) for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series against the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  Opening faceoff for both games is set for 7:05 p.m. (EST) at LSSU's Taffy Abel Arena.  The two-game series represents the only regular-season meetings between the two in-state teams for the 2010-11 campaign.

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 improved to 5-3-2 overall and 2-2-2-2 (fifth place) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season with an impressive home league series against nationally number-one ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Nov. 5-6) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs skated to a 3-2 victory over the RedHawks in last Friday's (Nov. 5) opener before besting Miami 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday (Nov. 6) following a 1-1 overtime tie.  Ferris State is presently ranked 20th in the nation this week (Nov. 8) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Inside College Hockey.com.  The Bulldogs, who are1-2-0 in road encounters this season, are listed among other teams receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll (Nov. 8).  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.  

Lake Superior State is 3-5-2 overall and 1-4-1-0 (eighth-place tie) in CCHA play following a league home series split with Northern Michigan last weekend (Nov. 5-6) at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  The Lakers suffered a 4-1 loss to the Wildcats last Friday (Nov. 5) before recording a 3-1 triumph in Saturday’s (Nov. 6) series finale.  LSSU, which is 3-2-1 at home this season, has compiled a 3-2-1 mark in its last six outings.  Last season, the Lakers compiled a 15-18-5 overall mark with a 10th-place 10-15-3-2 CCHA ledger.

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 295-337-71 (.470) - (17-27-9 vs. Lake Superior State -- 8-14-5 Away, 9-12-4 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.  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.

Lake Superior State - Jim Roque (Lake Superior State, 1987), 6th season, 75-96-32 (.448) - (6-4-5 vs. Ferris State).  Roque became the ninth coach in the 42-year history of the Lakers' program in June 2005.  Roque ranks 19th among LSSU's scoring leaders and was also a member of the first Laker squad to compete in the 1985 NCAA Division I Tournament.

Scouting Lake Superior State: The Lakers are presently led in scoring by senior forward Rick Schofield (4-8=12), who’s tied for 41st place nationally in points per game (1.20 avg.), and sophomore forward Domenic Monardo (5-5=10).  Sophomore defenseman Zach Trotman (3-6=9) along with senior forward Will Acton (1-6=7) are also among LSSU’s top points leaders.  Senior Brian Mahoney-Wilson (1-4-1, 3.99 GAA, .874sv%) and freshman Kevin Kapalka (2-1-1, 2.99 GAA, .887sv%) are shared goaltending duties this campaign.  Nationally, LSSU ranks 24th in power-play efficiency (18.0%), tied for 32nd in scoring offense (2.70), tied for 46th in scoring margin (-1.10), 48th in penalty-kill efficiency (75.8%), tied for 51st in penalty minutes (9.7), and 52nd in scoring defense (3.80).  Current eighth-year LSSU assistant coach Tim Christian played collegiately at Ferris State (1991-95) and was promoted to the top assistant position in 2008.

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game set with Lake Superior State will represent the 118th and 119th meetings between the schools with LSSU having a 63-41-13 lead in the all-time series.  The Bulldogs are 19-33-7 on the road, 21-29-5 at home, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites versus the Lakers.  Ferris State is 4-6-2 in its last 12 matchups against Lake Superior State, which includes a 2-4-1 road mark.  The two teams split last season's (Feb. 12-13) series at LSSU with the Lakers claiming a 4-3 triumph in the opener (Feb. 12) before suffering a 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs in the series' finale (Feb. 13).  The last nine meetings have been decided by one goal or less with Ferris State notching a 3-5-1 record in those encounters.  FSU is 11-13-4 all-time in November contests versus Lake Superior State, which includes a 3-5-1 road mark.

Nagle Honored: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) has been chosen as this week's (Nov. 8) CCHA Goaltender of the Week for his notable performance versus top-ranked Miami (Ohio) this past weekend (Nov. 5-6).  Nagle, a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, totaled a combined 52 saves on 55 shots faced in the two-game league set in helping Ferris State claim five of a possible six points on the weekend.  The FSU netminder turned aside 16 shots in Friday's (Nov. 5) 3-2 triumph and then made 36 stops, including a spectacular one in overtime, en route to being tabbed as the first star of the game.  He concluded the series with a .945 saves percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average in 125 minutes played.  Nagle is the third Bulldog to earn weekly league plaudits this season, joining junior Chad Billins (Marysville) and freshman left wing Garrett Thompson (Traverse City).  Billins was tabbled as the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week (Oct. 11) while Thompson garnered Rookie of the Week accolades (Oct. 18).    

Busy Night: Pat Nagle's 36-saves performance, which included 18 second-period stops, against number-one ranked Miami (Ohio) last Saturday (Nov. 6) marked a season high.  His previous best this campaign was 28 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie versus nationally-ranked Michigan (Oct. 29) in Big Rapids.  Nagle's career high is 39 stops set a season ago (Nov. 14) at Miami (Ohio) in a 1-1 overtime deadlock.

On Opponent's Ice: The Bulldogs are averaging 2.67 goals per game (eight total) in their three away conttests this season while the opposition has also averaged 2.67 goals an outing (eight total).  Ferris State has outshot its opponent 94-62 (+32) while the Bulldogs are operating at 36.4% (4-11) efficiency on the power play and 73.3% (11-15) in penalty killing.

For Starters: Ferris State has generated a combined 12-6-2 (.650) record through its initial 10 contests apiece both this season and in the 2009-10 campaign.  The Bulldogs have posted a 10-1-2 (.846) home ledger during those first 10 appearances per season, which consists of a 6-0-0 home mark in 2009-10 proceeded by a 4-1-2 home ledger this campaign. 

Four Score: Junior center Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) has currently compiled a career season-best tying four points (1-3=4) in 10 outings this campaign.  He accumulated four points (3-1=4) in 31 games for the 2008-09 season and added four more (1-3=4) a season ago in 26 appearances.

Did You Know?: Five (3-2=5) of sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis' (Lindsay, Ontario) six points (4-2=6) this season have occurred in the game's second period of play.  Bonis, who received the first assist on the Bulldogs' lone tally in last Saturday's (Nov. 6) 1-1 overtime tie with Miami (Ohio), has also chalked up one point (1-0=1) in the opening period of action. 

Productive Shootouts: With its 3-2 league shootout decision over top-ranked Miami (Ohio) last Saturday (Nov. 6), Ferris State has compiled an all-time 6-2 record (.750) in CCHA shootouts since their adoption prior to the 2009-10 season.  The Bulldogs are 2-0 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 earlier this campaign (Oct. 29).  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. 

Notable Start: Senior center Nate Hennig's (Macomb) six points (4-2=6) in nine outings this season already equals his career single-season high, matching his six points (1-5=6) in 21 games for the 2009-10 campaign.  Hennig turned in a four-game goal-scoring string earlier this season (Oct. 8-22).

Making A Difference: Kyle Bonis' six points (4-2=6) this season in nine games ties a personal career season high, equalling his six points (4-2=6) in 23 outings last season.  Bonis has presently registered at least a point in five of his last six contests, which includes a goal tallied in four encounters while chalking up a combined six points (4-2=6) in that span.  

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 98-66-23 record (.586) 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.  

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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