December 7, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 18-19: #14 Alaska at #18 Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. #14 Alaska Nanooks

Friday & Saturday (Dec. 10-11) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Live Video Webcast: America One
Television: None
Radio Broadcast: Newsradio 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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The Opening Faceoff: Two of college hockey's nationally-ranked teams will meet this weekend (Dec. 10-11) in Big Rapids, Mich., as the 18th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team entertains the 14th-ranked Alaska Nanooks in a key Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) two-game set at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.  The series represents the first of two between the two league teams for the 2010-11 regular-season 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.

Meijer Family Nights: This weekend's (Dec. 10-11) home series against Alaska is a designated Meijer Family Night 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. The offer is only redeemable for the following Bulldog home hockey contests -- Dec. 10-11 vs. Alaska and Feb. 11-12 against Alabama-Huntsville.  

Annual Teddy Bear Toss: The Ferris State Athletics Department will hold its annual Toys For Tots' Teddy Bear Toss this Saturday (Dec. 11) during the Bulldogs' game against Alaska.  Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal (preferably new or in good used condition) to throw onto the ice following Ferris State's first goal.  Those items collected will go directly to benefit needy children in the local area for the Christmas Holiday.  The U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program was formed to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December annually and then distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to deserving children.

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 8-6-3 overall and 5-5-3-2 (fourth-place tie) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season.  The Bulldogs split a league home-and-home series with the Michigan State Spartans this past weekend (Dec. 3-4).  FSU dropped a 3-2 home decision to MSU last Friday (Dec. 3) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  However, the Bulldogs came back to register a 1-0 victory over Michigan State last Saturday (Dec. 4) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  FSU is currently ranked 18th in the nation this week (Dec. 6) by both  Inside College Hockey.com and U.S. College Hockey Online (USHCO).  Ferris State is currently 5-2-3 at home, 3-4-0 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.  

Alaska, which was idle last weekend (Dec. 3-4), is 8-5-3 overall with a fourth-place tying 5-4-3-2 CCHA mark this season to date.  The Nanooks posted a 1-0-1 ledger against Ohio State two weeks ago (Nov. 26-27) in a two-game league series at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  UA skated to a 3-3 overtime deadlock before falling 1-0 in a shootout to OSU in the series opener (Nov. 26), but did bounce back to notch a 5-2 triumph over the Buckeyes in the finale (Nov. 27).  Alaska, which is 2-2-2 in away encounters this campaign, is ranked 14th nationally this week (Dec. 6) in all three major college hockey polls - Inside College Hockey.com, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO), and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 298-340-72 (.470) - (19-26-3 vs. Alaska-- 11-6-2 Home, 8-20-1 Away and 0-0-0 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.

Alaska - Dallas Ferguson (Alaska, 1996), 3rd season, 43-33-18 (.553) - (6-0-0 vs. Ferris State).  Ferguson, the eighth head coach in Alaska's history, was selected the 2008-09 CCHA's Coach of the Year Award recipient.  Prior to his current position, Ferguson spent the previous four seasons as a Nanooks' assistant coach.  A four-year (1992-96) letterwinner at Alaska, Ferguson presently ranks 21st on the program's all-time scoring leaders chart

Scouting Alaska: A pair of forwards, senior Kevin Petovello (6-8=14) and freshman Cody Kunyk (6-8=14) lead four Alaska skaters with double-digit points this campaign.  Junior defenseman Joe Sova (3-8=11) and sophomore forward Nik Yaremchuk (3-7=10) are also among the Nanooks' top scoring leaders.  Junior goaltender Scott Greenham (8-5-3, 1.91 GAA, .928sv%), who has played exclusively in all 16 UA outings, currently is listed eighth nationally in goals-against average, ninth in saves percentage, and tied for 24th in winning percentage (.594).  Alaska ranks second among the national leaders in scoring defense (2.06), tied for 17th in penalty-kill efficiency (85.7%), 34th in power play efficiency (15.9%), tied for 34th in penalty minutes (13.0), and is tied for 44th in scoring offense (2.38).   

The All-Time Series: Alaska presently holds a 27-23-2 edge over Ferris State in the all-time series which originated in the 1984-85 season.  The Bulldogs are 13-7-2 at home, 8-20-1 on the road, and 2-0-0 at neutral sites versus the Nanooks.  Alaska claimed both outings last season (10/30-31), winning 3-1 and 3-2 in overtime in Fairbanks.  Ferris State is 0-13-2 in its last 15 appearances versus the Nanooks after going 14-5-0 in its previous 19 matchups with Alaska.  The last 11 meetings between the two teams have been decided by two goals or less with FSU producing a 0-9-2 ledger.  Ferris State is 2-1-0 all-time in December encounters and will be facing off against the Nanooks for the first-time ever in a home December tilt.

At Home: Ferris State is averaging 2.50 goals an outing (25 total) in its 10 home appearances this campaign and has allowed 1.90 goals per contest (19 total) by the opposition.  The Bulldogs have recorded a 13-4 second-period scoring advantage.  Ferris has been outshot 264-256 (-8) by the opposition, but holds a 95-69 lead in the first period.  FSU has produced a 14.0% (6-43) success rate on its power play and is performing at 92.6% (50-54) on the penalty kill.  Senior netminder Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) has notched a 5-2-3 mark to go with a 1.76 goals-against average (18 goals allowed) and a .932 saves percentage (245 saves) in 613 minutes while starting all 10 home encounters.

Did You Know?: Ferris State two shutout victories (3-0 and 1-0 in overtime) at Michigan State this season represents the first time in the program's history in which an opponent has been held scoreless on the road in the same campaign.   

Clutch Performer: Junior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) netted his third game-winning goal of this season in last Saturday's (Dec. 4) 1-0 overtime victory at Michigan State.  Billins, who has accounted for all of his three career game winners this campaign in 17 outings, is the first Bulldog skater to score an overtime game-winning lamplighter since March 13, 2010 when Casey Haines tallied in a 3-2 overtime home triumph over Nebraska-Omaha in CCHA Playoff Quarterfinal Round action.

Nearing A Milestone: Pat Nagle is 56 saves away from reaching the 2,000 career mark and would be only the seventh individual in FSU history to reach the milestone.  Nagle has currently accumulated 1,944 career stops in 80 contests and is averaging 24.3 saves per game during his Bulldog career.

Helping Hand: Junior center Jordie Johnston's (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) assist on the Bulldogs' overtime goal at Michigan State last Saturday (Dec. 4) represented his career season-best fifth point (1-4=5) of this season in 14 contests.  Johnston had totaled four points apiece in each of his previous two campaigns - 1-3=4 in 2009-10 and 3-1=4 in 2008-09. 

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: Thirteen of Ferris State's 17 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 11 of the last 13 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 5-5-3 mark (.500) in those 13 encounters.  

Bill Payment: Chad Billins' four goals (4-4=8) this season in 17 contests represents a career season best, surpassing his three lamplighters (3-8=11) in 40 outings a season ago.

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle notched his fifth career shutout with a 28-saves performance in last Saturday's (Dec. 4) 1-0 overtime victory at Michigan State.  The Bulldog netminder has generated a career single-season best three shutouts this campaign and presently ranks fifth on Ferris State's all-time netminding leaders list.  Nagle is one shutout away from moving into a four-way tie for second place with Vince Owen (1997-01), Phil Osaer (1998-01), and Mitch O'Keefe (2005-08).  

One More: Pat Nagle enters this weekend's series against Alaska one victory 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 35-33-9 career mark between the posts in 80 outings.  Mike Brown is the current record holder with 63 career victories (63-57-7 record).    

Nearing A Milestone: Head coach Bob Daniels is two wins away from posting his 300th career victory at Ferris State.  Daniels, the program's all-time winningest coach, has presently amassed a 298-340-72 (.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 and won his 200th game on Dec. 4, 2004 as a result of a 6-2 home triumph over Western Michigan.  

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 99-67-24 record (.584) 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 5-2-3 (.650) 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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