Weekly Notes Games 20-21: #18 Ferris State at Mariucci Classic

Weekly Notes Games 20-21: #18 Ferris State at Mariucci Classic

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This Week:
at Mariucci Classic
Friday & Saturday (Dec. 31-Jan. 1) - Mariucci Arena (9,700 capacity) - Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday (Dec. 31) vs. Bemidji State Beavers -- 4:07 p.m. (EST)
Saturday (Jan. 1) at #19 Minnesota Golden Gophers - 8:07 p.m. (EST)

Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast: Gold Zone (Friday Only)
Radio Broadcast: Friday | Saturday
Television: Saturday - Fox Sports Detroit (FS Detroit) and Fox College Sports Central via Fox Sports North (FS North) 

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns to the ice for the first time since mid-December this weekend (Dec. 31-Jan. 1) as the Bulldogs play in the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Classic at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.  Ferris State will go up against Bemidji (Minn.) State Beavers in the tourney's opening-round matchup on Friday (Dec. 31) at 4:07 p.m. (EST) while the host Minnesota Golden Gophers entertain the Union Dutchmen in the other semifinal matchup, which begins at 7:07 p.m. (EST).  The second-round action starts Saturday (Jan. 1) with Bemidji State and nationally-ranked Union squaring of in a 5:07 p.m. (EST) matchup before the Bulldogs skate against nationally-ranked Minnesota at 8:07 p.m. (EST) in a contest to be televised live on FS Detroit via FS North.   

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 Feb. 11-12 non-league home series against Alabama-Huntsville will represent the final designated Meijer Family Night for the 2010-11 regular season.  The Meijer Family Night is a special chance 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.  

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.  

Bemidji State sports a 5-10-1 overall record and a 4-9-1 ledger in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this campaign.  The Beavers, who are 3-2-0 in their last five appearances, suffered a pair (3-2 and 2-0) league losses to nationally-ranked Wisconsin on Dec. 10-11 at UW's Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.  Bemidji State is 4-5-1 at home and 1-5-0 on the road this season.  The Beavers are presently midst their first season as an official WCHA-member institution and skating in the new $65 million state-of-the-art home - the Bemidji Regional Event Center. 

Minnesota is presently 9-7-2 overall and 6-6-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this season.  The Golden Gophers posted a 1-0-1 mark in a two-game league series versus nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 10 and 12) at UM's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.  Minnesota, which is 5-5-2 at home and 4-2-0 in away encounters this campaign, is ranked 19th nationally this week (Dec. 13) by U.S. College Hockey Online.  The Golden Gophers are listed among other teams receiving votes in both the Inside College Hockey and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. 

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 299-341-72 (.471) - (5-3-0 vs. Bemidji State -- 0-0-0 Neutral, 3-1-0 Away and 2-2-0 Home;  1-3-0 vs. Minnesota -- 1-3-0 Away, 0-0-0 Home 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.

Bemidji State - Tom Serratore (Bemidji State, 1987), 10th season, 168-138-34 (.544) - (3-3-0 vs. Ferris State).  Serratore, a four-time (2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009) College Hockey America (CHA) Coach of the Year, directed BSU to its first appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2009.  Serratore has been named a finalist five times for the Spencer Penrose Award as the ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year and was runner up for the national award in 2009.  He was a two-year letterwinner at forward for BSU from 1985-87 and a member of the Beavers' 1986 NCAA Division III national championship team.

Minnesota - Don Lucia (Notre Dame, 1981), 12th season, 283-152-49 (.635); Career: 24th season, 548-317-86 (.621) - (2-1-0 vs. Ferris State).  Lucia has directed the Golden Gophers to consecutive NCAA Championship titles (2001-02 and 2002-03) to go along with two WCHA titles and three WCHA Final Five crowns.  Lucia, a three-time (1993-94, 1995-96 and 2005-06) WCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient, spent six seasons (1993-99) as the head coach at Colorado College and also six (1987-93) directing the Alaska-Fairbanks program.  

Scouting Bemidji State: The Beavers, who have four skaters with double-digit points totals this season, are led in scoring by sophomore forward Jordan George (7-10=17) along with senior forwards Ian Lowe (8-6=14) and Matt Read (7-7=14).  Junior defenseman Brad Hunt (0-10=10) also has registered double-figures in points.  Junior Dan Bakala (4-6-0, 2.40 GAA, .913sv%) and sophomore Mathieu Dugas (1-4-1, 2.49 GAA, .901sv%) are BSU's goaltenders.

Scouting Minnesota: Senior forward Jay Barriball (10-9=19) is tops among six players in double-figure points.  Senior forwards Jacob Cepis (6-10=16) and Mike Hoeffel (7-8=15) along with freshman forward Erik Haula (3-12=15) are also included on the Golden Gophers' points leaders list.  In goal are junior Kent Patterson (7-2-2, 2.57 GAA, .917sv%) and senior Alex Kangas (2-5-0, 3.71 GAA, .894sv%).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Bemidji State will meet for the ninth time in a series which originated in the 1999-00 season.  FSU presently holds a 5-3-0 lead over BSU and will be facing the Beavers for the first time at a neutral site.  The two teams split a two-game set in the 2005-06 season (Nov. 18-19) at Ferris State with the Bulldogs prevailing 6-1 in the opener (Nov. 18) before falling 4-3 in the series finale (Nov. 19).  FSU is 4-1-0 against Bemidji State in games decided by three goals or more.

Ferris State and Minnesota faceoff for the fifth time ever as the Golden Gophers have a 3-1-0 advantage with all previous meetings taking place on their home ice.  The Bulldogs dropped a 5-2 decision to UM in their most recent matchup (Dec. 30) at the 2006 Minnesota Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.  Ferris State suffered a 7-4 loss at Minnesota in the 2003 NCAA Tournament West Regional Championship game (March 29).  The Bulldogs posted a 6-4 win over the Golden Gophers in the opening round (Jan. 2) of the 1993 Mariucci Classic before being dealt a 3-2 loss in the first-round (Dec. 28) of the 2001 Dodge Mariucci Classic.  

Regular Season Tourneys: Ferris State has posted a 20-18-5 record (.523) in regular-season tournament outings.  A season ago (Jan. 2-3), FSU registered a 1-1 mark at the 21st annual and final Wisconsin Badger Hockey Showdown in Madison, Wis.  The Bulldogs dropped a 6-1 contest to nationally-ranked Yale in their tourney opener (Jan. 2) before recording a 5-1 triumph over Merrimack in the tourney's third-place game (Jan. 3).  FSU head coach Bob Daniels has notched a 16-11-3 career mark (.583) in those regular-season tournament outings.  

Regular Season Tourney Scoring: The Bulldogs are averaging 3.00 goals per game (36 total) in their last 12 regular-season tournament appearances while the opposition has scored 2.92 goals a contest (35 total) during that span.  FSU has a 15.2% (14-92) success rate on the power play and is at 83.1% (64-77) efficiency in penalty killing.  The Bulldogs converted 16.7% (2-21) power-play chances and were 75.0% (6-8) on the penalty kill at last season's (Jan. 2-3) Badger Hockey Showdown. 

Mariucci Classic History: Ferris State will be making its fourth Mariucci Classic appearance and has compiled a 2-3-1 record (.417) in the holiday tournament.  The Bulldogs produced a 0-1-1 mark in their last Mariucci Classic appearance which occurred in the 2006-07 campaign (Dec. 29-30).  FSU skated to a 1-1 overtime tie against Massachusetts in the 16th annual tourney's opening tilt (Dec. 29) and advanced to the championship game by claiming a 3-1 shootout decision over the Minutemen.  The Bulldogs then suffered a 5-2 setback to top-ranked Minnesota in the championship contest.  Ferris State captured the Mariucci Classic title in the 1992-93 campaign (Jan. 2-3) with victories over Minnesota (6-4) and St. Lawrence (4-1).  FSU would return to the Dodge Mariucci Classic in 2001-02 (Dec. 28-29), but dropped decisions to Minnesota (3-2) and Western Michigan (6-3).  In the tournament, Ferris State has averaged 3.00 goals per contest (18 total) while the opposition has scored at a 3.33 goals a game clip (20 total). 

Close Encounters: Fifteen of Ferris State's 19 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 13 of the last 15 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 6-6-3 mark (.500) in those 15 encounters.  

Almost There: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is just nine saves away from reaching the 2,000 career mark and would become only the seventh individual in FSU history to reach the significant milestone.  Nagle has currently accumulated 1,991 career stops in 82 contests for a career 24.3 saves per game average.

Nearing A Milestone: Head coach Bob Daniels is one win away from posting his 300th career victory at Ferris State.  Daniels, the program's all-time winningest coach, has presently amassed a 299-341-72 (.471) 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.  Daniels has amassed a 13-13-3 career ledger at neutral site contests. 

Making His Point: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) has recorded a point in nine of his 16 contests played in this season to date, which included a point apiece in a two-game set (Dec. 10-11) against Alaska with a goal in the series opener (Dec. 10) and picked up an assist in the finale (Dec. 11).  Hennig has generated a goal in six matchups this campaign and has aleady set career season highs in points (10) and goals (six).

Red Alert: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) tallied his fifth goal of this season in a 4-2 league decision over nationally-ranked Alaska with a game-winning power-play lamplighter in the series opener (Dec. 10).  The Bulldog captain has netted five goals in 13 outings this campaign and is one shy of matching his career season-best six lamplighters set in the 2007-08 season (6-13=19) in 37 contests and also in the 2009-10 season (6-21=27) in 40 matchups.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 100-68-24 record (.583) 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 6-3-3 (.625) 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) and two more times in the second half - vs. Alabama-Huntsville (2/12) and Notre Dame (2/19).  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.