November 16, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 13-14: #16 Western Michigan at Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. #16 Western Michigan Broncos

Friday & Saturday (Nov. 19-20) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, 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 and Dan Kowalski providing analysis.  Listen
TV Television: None 
Video Live Video Webcast: America One

The Opening Faceoff: A pair of West Michigan rivals will faceoff this weekend (Nov. 19-20) as the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team hosts the nationally 16th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  Both contests will get underway at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in what is the only 2010-11 regular-season meetings between the two in-state schools.

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: This Friday's (Nov. 19) series opener against Western Michigan is a designated Meijer Family Night in which fans receive 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 listed - Nov. 19 vs. Western Michigan, 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 5-5-2 overall and 2-4-2-2 (sixth-place tie) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season to date after suffering a pair of losses (1-0 and 4-0) to Lake Superior State last weekend (Nov. 12-13) at LSSU's Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  Ferris State, which had been ranked 20th nationally this past week (Nov. 8) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Inside College Hockey.com, is listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 15) USCHO.com poll.  The Bulldogs are currently 4-1-2 at home, 1-4-0 on the road, 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.  

Western Michigan, which was idle this past weekend, is 6-2-2 overall with a 2-1-1-0 (eighth-place tie) in the CCHA this campaign.  The Broncos are unbeaten in their last three outings to date, which includes a home league series sweep of Michigan State two weeks ago (Nov. 5-6) at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Western skated to a 4-3 triumph in the opener (Nov. 5) and then posted a 3-1 victory in the finale (Nov. 6).  The Broncos are currently ranked 16th in the nation this week (Nov. 15) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) while receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.  WMU is 3-1-1 on the road, 3-1-1 at home, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season.  A season ago, the Broncos finished 8-20-8 overall with a 12th-place 4-17-7-2 mark in the CCHA. 

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 295-339-71 (.469) - (31-26-6 vs. Western Michigan -- 18-10-3 Home, 12-15-3 Away, and 1-1-0 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.

Western Michigan - Jeff Blashill (Ferris State, 1998), 1st season, 6-2-2 (.700) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State).  Blashill became the fifth head coach in WMU's history after spending the past two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) as the head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's (USHL) Indiana Ice.  Blashill, who was a goaltender at Ferris State from 1994-98, served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001 with the initial 1998-99 campaign as a volunteer assistant.  Prior to his stint at Indiana, Blashill spent six seasons (2002-08) at Miami (Ohio) in an assistant coach capacity.

Scouting Western Michigan: The Broncos are led in scoring by senior center Max Campbell (5-4=9) and junior right wing Greg Squires (3-4=7) along with a pair of freshmen forwards, Chase Balisy (3-4=7) and Shane Berschbach (1-6=7).  Sophomore goaltender Nick Pisellini (6-1-2, 1.85 GAA, .923sv%) has received action in net for nine games while senior netminder Jerry Kuhn (0-1-0, 5.13 GAA, .808sv%) has made one appearance between the posts this season.  Pisellini presently ranks ninth among the national leaders in goals-against average, tied for 11th in winning percentage (.778), and 21st in save percentage.  Nationally, WMU is listed 10th in scoring defense (2.20), tied for 16th in penalty-kill efficiency (.857), tied for 18th in scoring margin (0.50) and power-play efficiency (.209), 34th in scoring offense (2.70), and 43rd in penalty minutes (12.1).   

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Western Michigan will face one another for the 126th and 127th times this weekend in series which the Broncos lead 66-49-10 over the Bulldogs.  FSU is 29-25-5 at home, 19-37-5 on the road, and 1-4-0 at neutral sites versus Western Michigan.  Last season, Ferris State swept a home-and-home series against WMU (Dec. 11-12), winning 3-0 on the road and prevailing 4-3 at home.  FSU then played to a pair of overtime ties versus the Broncos (Feb. 26-27) in another home-and-home weekend set, skating to a 2-2 deadlock before prevailing 2-0 in a home shootout.  The Bulldogs then tied 1-1 at WMU and lost 1-0 in a shootout.  Ferris State is 6-1-4 in their last 11 matchups against Western Michigan and eight of those encounters have been decided by two goals or less with five resulting in extra-session outings.  The Bulldogs are 6-1-2 at home in their last nine appearances versus the Broncos.  FSU has produced a 7-13-0 record all-time in November contests, which includes a 6-4-0 home ledger.    

On Home Ice: The Bulldogs are averaging 2.57 goals per game (18 total) in their seven home outings this season while the opposition has averaged 1.86 goals an outing (13 total).  FSU has outscored the opposition 10-2 in the second period alone.  Ferris State has been outshot by its opponent 191-175 (-16) while the Bulldogs are operating at 15.6% (5-32) efficiency on the power play and 91.7% (33-36) in penalty killing.

Four Score: Junior center Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) has currently compiled a career season-best tying four points (1-3=4) in 12 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.

Home Cookin': Sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) has totaled five (3-2=5) of his six points (4-2=6) this season within the friendly confines of FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.  Bonis has recorded at least a point in four of his last five home appearances to date, which features a goal in three of those outings.  The FSU forward has presently skated in six home encounters this 2010-11 campaign. 

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. 

Close Encounters: Nine of Ferris State's 12 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes seven of the last eight contests.  The Bulldogs are 3-4-2 in those nine encounters.  

Climbing Up The Charts: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 54 saves shy of moving into an sevenhth-place tie with Marc Felicio (1990-92; 1,876 career saves).  Nagle has presently amassed 1,822 career stops during 4,255 minutes of action in net as a starter in 73 of 75 career appearances.   

Century Mark: Senior defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) is three games away from appearing in his 100th career contest.  Wietecha has skated in 10 outings this season while notching a point (0-1=1).  For his FSU career, the blueliner has currently compiled 38 points (10-28=38) in 97 encounters.  Wietecha is also featured in this week's CCHA Ten x Three segment.  

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 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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