Weekly Notes Games 16-17: Michigan State vs. #18/20 Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. Michigan State Spartans

Friday (Dec. 3) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Saturday (Dec. 4) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Munn Ice Arena (6,470 capacity) - East Lansing, 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 game analysis.  Listen
  Television: Friday - Ferris Television (Tape Delayed); Saturday - 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) 
Live Video Webcast: Friday - America OneSaturday - Michigan State All-Access  

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team takes to the ice this weekend (Dec. 3-4) for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series against the Michigan State Spartans.  Ferris State hosts the Spartans this Friday (Dec. 3) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich., with a 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff scheduled.  FSU and MSU will then square off again this Saturday (Dec. 4) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich., as the series finale will be televised live by FS Detroit starting at 7:05 p.m. (EST).  The Bulldogs will be facing Michigan State for the second and third times this season as the two in-state teams will meet four times during the 2010-11 regular-season campaign.   

On TV: This Friday's (Dec. 3) series opener against Michigan State will be aired on a tape delay basis by Ferris Television and will feature various enhanced camera angles.  This Saturday's (Dec. 4) contest at Michigan State will be televised live by FS Detroit (FSD) with Fred Pletsch calling the action and Billy Jaffe providing color commentary.  Shannon Hogan will serve as the rinkside reporter.  Following the game, a 'CCHA Live' Post-Game Show hosted by Mickey York and joined by former WMU coach Jim Culhane, will air from approximately 9:30 to 10 p.m. (EST).  This Saturday's (Dec. 4) game at Michigan State will also be the first FSD HD telecast of CCHA hockey for a game NOT originating from Detroit's (Mich.) Joe Louis Arena. 

Provider

Fox Sports Detroit

Fox Sports Detroit (HD)

AT&T U-Verse

Channel 737

Channel 1737

Ferris State Campus

Channel 25

 

Comcast Cable

Channels 30, 31, 32, 33

Channel 201

Charter Cable

Channel 33

Channel 791

Dish Network

Channel 430

Channel 430

DirecTV

Channel 663

Channel 663

WOW! (Wide Open West)

Channel 32

Channel 220

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 7-5-3 overall and 4-4-3-2 (fifth place) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season and is midst a three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak.  FSU is currently ranked 18th nationally this week (Nov. 29) by Inside College Hockey.com and is listed 20th in U.S. College Hockey Online.com's poll for the second consecutive week.  The Bulldogs registered a 3-0 league triumph over Michigan State last Tuesday (Nov. 23) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  Ferris State is currently 5-1-3 at home, 2-4-0 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.  

Michigan State is 5-7-3 overall and 2-6-1-0 (10th place) in the CCHA to date this season after dropping a 4-1 decision to nationally-ranked Wisconsin last Saturday (Nov. 27) in a College Hockey Showcase contest at UW's Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.  MSU posted a 5-2 victory over nationally-ranked Minnesota last Friday (Nov. 26) in a College Hockey Showcase tilt at UM's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.  The Spartans continue to be listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 29) U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll.  MSU, which is 2-7-0 in its last nine appearances to date, is 1-5-0 on the road and 4-2-3 at home 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, 297-339-72 (.470) - (12-35-8 vs. Michigan State -- 3-14-5 Home, 8-20-2 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.

Michigan State - Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, 1972), 9th season, 176-128-38 (.570); Career: 38th season, 773-603-109 (.557) - (11-5-3 vs. Ferris State at MSU and 48-17-5 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 paced in scoring by junior forward Brett Perlini (9-5=14) and sophomore defenseman Torey Krug (4-10=14), who both rank tied for 94th place nationally in points per game (0.93 avg.).  Sophomore forward Derek Grant (3-10=13) and senior forward Dustin Gazley (5-6=11) have also registered double-figure points totals for MSU this season.  Junior goaltender Drew Palmisano (5-6-3, 2.59 GAA, .907sv%), a 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team selection, has appeared in 14 of the Spartans' 15 games this campaign.  Nationally, Michigan State currently ranks 19th in power-play efficiency (19.7%), 30th in scoring defense (2.87), 32nd in scoring margin (-0.27), 33rd in penalty minutes (13.1), 35th in penalty-kill efficiency (80.9%), and 38th in scoring offense (2.60).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Michigan State will meet for the 109th and 110th times this weekend as the Spartans hold a 66-27-15 series lead.  The Bulldogs are 11-26-8 at home, 15-39-6 on the road, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites against MSU.  FSU claimed a 3-0 victory over the Spartans last Tuesday (Nov. 23) at East Lansing, Mich.  A season ago (Feb. 19-20), Ferris State and Michigan State split a home-and-home series with the Bulldogs skating to a 4-1 home triumph over the then 12th-ranked Spartans (Feb. 19) before Michigan State posted a 3-2 home decision in the series finale (Feb. 20).  Ferris State is 4-12-3 in its last 19 encounters against Michigan State, which includes a 2-7-2 road ledger. Thirteen of the last 17 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs notching a 2-8-3 record in those outings.  FSU sports a 5-9-5 all-time record in December encounters - 1-5-3 at home and 4-4-2 on the road.  Senior center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) has totaled a team-high eight career points (3-5=8) in seven outings versus the Spartans while senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 2-2-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average and a .934 saves percentage in five appearances against Michigan State.

At Home: Ferris State is averaging 2.56 goals an outing (23 total) in its nine home appearances this campaign and has allowed 1.78 goals per contest (16 total) by the opposition.  The Bulldogs have recorded a 12-3 second-period scoring advantage.  Ferris has been outshot 242-222 (-22) by the opposition, but holds a 77-61 lead in the first period.  FSU has produced a 15.4% (6-39) success rate on its power play and is performing at 91.7% (44-48) on the penalty kill.  FSU netminder Pat Nagle has notched a 5-1-3 mark to go with a 1.62 goals-against average (15 goals allowed) and a .938 saves percentage (226 saves) in 554 minutes while starting all nine home encounters.

On The Road: The Bulldogs are averaging 1.83 goals per game (11 total) in their six away outings this season while the opposition has averaged 2.17 goals (13 total) per game.  FSU holds a 5-1 scoring advantage in the third period but trail 8-5 in the second frame.  Ferris State has outshot its opponent by a 184-143 count (+41), which includes 61-38 advantage in the first period and 69-55 lead in the second stanza.  The Bulldogs are operating at 18.2% (4-22) efficiency on the power play and 81.5% (22-27) in penalty killing.  Goaltender Pat Nagle is 2-3-0 between the posts with a 1.94 goals-against average (nine goals allowed) and a .921 saves percentage (105 saves) in 277 minutes of action as a starter in all five contests played in.

Billins Receives CCHA Award: For the second time this season, junior Chad Billins (Marysville) has been selected as the recipient of the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week Award for his performance in the Bulldogs' 3-0 triumph at Michigan State last Tuesday (Nov. 23).  Billins, who earned the same honor earlier this season (Oct. 11), accounted for the game-winning goal versus Michigan State with a first-period lamplighter.  He also recorded two blocked shots and a plus two efficiency rating in the Bulldogs' lone contest this past week.  The selection of Billins represents the fourth time this season in which a Ferris State skater has garnered league weekly recognition.  Pat Nagle was tabbed as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week (Nov. 8) while freshman left wing Garrett Thompson (Traverse City) earned Rookie of the Week plaudits (Oct. 18). 

Unbeaten Streak: Ferris State is midst a current three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak as the Bulldogs have outscored their opponent by an 8-3 margin.  FSU, which is averaging 2.67 goals an outing during that span, is operating at 93.8% (15-16) efficiency in penalty killing in those three contests.  

Noteworthy Victory: Ferris State's 3-0 win at Michigan State last Tuesday (Nov. 23) represented the Bulldogs' first shutout victory over the Spartans in 108 all-time series meetings.  FSU managed to register a 0-0 overtime tie versus MSU in the 2000-01 season (Dec. 8, 2000) at Big Rapids, Mich. 

Productive December: The Bulldogs compiled a 4-0-0 ledger in December 2009 which included a 3-0-0 home mark.  FSU averaged 3.00 goals per game (12 total) to the opposition's 1.00 goals a contest (four total) in those four contests.  Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) netted a team second-most tying four points (1-3=4) in as many games while junior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average (four goals allowed) and a .953 saves percentage (82 saves) as a starter in his three appearances for the month.  

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 15 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes nine of the last 11 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 4-4-3 mark in those 11 encounters.  

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle notched his fourth career shutout with a 27-saves performance in last Tuesday's (Nov. 23) 3-0 victory at Michigan State.  The Bulldog netminder, who has gained the starting nod in 76 of 78 career appearances to date, has generated a career single-season best two shutouts this campaign as a 14-game starter.  

Alexander The Great: Sophomore right wing Eric Alexander's (Kentwood) two goals at Michigan State last Tuesday (Nov. 23) marked the first multiple-goal outing of his Bulldog career.  Alexander tallied a pair of third-period lamplighters in the CCHA contest, which marked his first multi-point game of this season and the third of his career in 37 matchups.  Alexander's six points (3-3=6) in 14 contests this campaign is one shy of equalling his seven points (3-4=7) set in 23 encounters a season ago. 

Two More: Pat Nagle enters this weekend's two-game set just two victories away from moving into a third-place tie with Vince Owen (1997-01; 36-48-10 career record) among the program's all-time winningest netminders.  Nagle has presently posted a 34-32-9 career mark between the posts in 78 outings.  Mike Brown is the current record holder with 63 career victories (63-57-7 record).    

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 (2001-04) is the current record holder with 63 career victories (63-57-7 record).    

Nearing A Milestone: Head coach Bob Daniels is three wins away from posting his 300th career victory at Ferris State.  Daniels, the program's all-time winningest coach, has presently amassed a 297-339-72 (.470) bench mark in 19 seasons directing the Bulldogs' hockey program.  A 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Award finalist, Daniels earned his 100th coaching win on March 6, 1999 with a 2-1 victory at Michigan State in the regular-season finale.  

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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