Weekly Notes Games 22-23: #20 Ferris State at Bowling Green State

Weekly Notes Games 22-23: #20 Ferris State at Bowling Green State

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This Week:
at Bowling Green State Falcons

Friday & Saturday (Jan. 7-8) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
BGSU Ice Arena (5,000 capacity) - Bowling Green, Ohio

Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast: America One
Television: Saturday - Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN)
Radio Broadcast: Friday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 20th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will resume Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend (Jan. 7-8) as the Bulldogs skate against the Bowling Green State Falcons at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.   The weekend league series finale this Saturday (Jan. 8) between the two teams will be televised live on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).  The two-game set will mark the only matchups between the teams for the 2010-11 regular season.    

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 9-8-4 overall and 6-6-3-2 (fourth-place tie) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season.  The Bulldogs compiled a 0-1-1 mark at the 20th annual Mariucci Classic this past weekend (Dec. 31-Jan. 1) at Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Ferris State dropped a 3-2 decision to Bemidji State in the tournament opener (Dec. 31) before skating to a 2-2 overtime draw against nationally-ranked host Minnesota in the finale (Jan. 1).  The Bulldogs are presently ranked 20th nationally this week (Jan. 3) in U.S. College Hockey Online's (USHCO) poll while FSU is listed among other teams receiving votes in both the Inside College Hockey and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.  Ferris State is currently 3-4-1 on the road, 6-3-3 at home, and 0-1-0 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.  

Bowling Green State stands at 7-13-2 overall and 2-10-2-0 (11th place) in the CCHA this campaign.  The Falcons split a pair of non-league games at the 18th annual Toyota UConn Hockey Classic (Dec. 29-30) in Storrs, Conn., dropping a 4-2 decision to Princeton in the holiday tournament opener (Dec. 29) before claiming a 3-2 overtime victory over Holy Cross in the third-place game (Dec. 30).  BGSU has compiled a 3-7-0 home ledger to date this season.  A season ago, the Falcons registered a 5-25-6 overall record with an 11th-place 4-18-6-5 CCHA mark (23 pts.).   

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 299-342-73 (.469) - (26-19-6 vs. Bowling Green State -- 11-12-3 Away, 15-7-3 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.

Bowling Green State - Chris Bergeron (Miami, 1993), 1st season, 7-13-2 (.364) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State).  Bergeron became the seventh head coach in Bowling Green State's history in April 2010.  Prior to BGSU, Bergeron spent 10 seasons (2000-10) as an assistant coach at fellow CCHA member Miami (Ohio).  He played collegiately at Miami from 1989-93 and helped lead the RedHawks to their first CCHA Championship in the program's history as a senior.  The two-time MU captain would go on to play professionally for seven years before returning to Miami in a coaching capacity.  

Scouting Bowling Green State: The Falcons feature five individuals with double-digit points totals this season as sophomore forwards Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5-10=15) and Marc Rodriguez (6-8=14) lead the way.  Senior forward David Solway (5-8=13) along with two freshmen forwards - Camden Wojtala (3-9=12) and Brett Mohler (6-5=11) are also among BGSU's top points leaders.  Sophomore Andrew Hammond (3-8-1, 3.12 GAA, .899sv%) and Nick Eno (4-5-1, 2.74 GAA, .902sv%) are the Falcons' goaltenders.  BGSU currently ranks 16th nationally in penalty minutes (15.9), 34th in scoring defense (3.05), 45th in penalty-kill efficiency (79.1%), 53rd in scoring offense (2.18), and 54th in power-play efficiency (11.8%).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Bowling Green State will square off for the 109th and 110th times this weekend in a series which dates back to the 1978-79 season.  Bowling Green State presently holds a 52-45-11 lead in the all-time series although the Bulldogs swept last season's (Nov. 6-7) series in Big Rapids.  FSU skated to a 5-1 victory in the weekend series opener (Nov. 6) and then posted a 3-2 triumph in the finale (Nov. 7).  Ferris State has prevailed in eight of the last 12 meetings to date, which includes a 3-2 road mark.  Ten of the last 12 away encounters have been determined by one goal or less with the Bulldogs tallying a 5-3-2 record in those contests.  In the last 22 matchups, Ferris State has averaged 3.64 goals per game (80 total) while Bowling Green State has scored at a 2.45 goals an outing clip (54 total) for a +1.19 goals a contest differential.  The Bulldogs have generated an 8-10-2 all-time record in January contests and are 4-5-1 in away appearances for the month.   

Pat On The Back: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) became the seventh netminder in FSU history to register 2,000 career saves with 32 stops at Minnesota last Saturday (Jan. 1) at the 20th annual Mariucci Classic.  Nagle, who has currently accumulated 2,023 career stops in 83 appearances for a 24.4 saves per game average, is now 81 stops away from moving into a sixth-place tie with Mitch O'Keefe (2005-07; 2,104 career saves).

One From A Milestone: Head coach Bob Daniels is one win away from notching his 300th career victory at Ferris State.  Daniels, the program's all-time winningest coach, has presently amassed a 299-342-73 (.469) 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. 

Wysopal Named To All-Tourney Squad: Junior defenseman Brett Wysopal (LaGrange Park, Ill.) was named to the 20th annual Mariucci Classic All-Tournament Team with one point on a goal in the Bulldogs' two tourney appearances.  Wysopal accounted for Ferris State's second goal with a second-period tally in Saturday's (Jan. 1) 2-2 overtime tie at nationally-ranked Minnesota.

New Year League Openers: The Bulldogs have compiled a 10-8-2 (.550) record in their first two CCHA-opening contests of a new year since the 2000-01 season.  FSU sports an 8-4-0 (.667) mark in away encounters and is 2-3-2 (.429) in home matchups during that span.  Ferris is 5-6-1 (.458) in its last 12 such outings, which included 5-2 and 4-2 league victories at Notre Dame last season (Jan. 9-10).

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 15 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.

Warm Spell: Sophomore right wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) has generated four points (1-3=4) in his last five outings, highlighted by a goal and an assist in a 2-2 overtime tie at nationally-ranked Minnesota in the finale of the 20th annual Mariucci Classic.  Kirzinger recorded a combined four points (2-2=4) in his 16 previous contests this campaign.

Making His Point: Zach Redmond has chalked up at least a point in 10 of his 15 contests played in this season.  Redmond has produced three multiple-point game performances this campaign with two points apiece at Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 7), against Ohio State (Oct. 23), and versus Alaska (Dec. 11). 

Better Than Before: Junior right wing Aaron Schmit (Grafton, Wis.) tallied a goal apiece in back-to-back appearances against Alaska (Dec. 11) and versus Bemidji State (Dec. 31) in a Mariucci Classic tilt.  Schmit's two lamplighters (2-2=4) in 19 outings this campaign represents a career single-season high, eclipsing his one goal (1-1=2) in 18 games for the 2009-10 campaign. 

Mike Check: Senior left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) is one point away from notching his 50th career point.  Embach has currently amassed 49 career points (24-25=49) in 114 games and is a point (5-4=9) shy of reaching double-figure points for the third season in a row.  Embach turned in a career season-best 20 points (9-11=20) in 34 encounters a season ago.

Close Encounters: Seventeen of Ferris State's 21 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 15 of the last 17 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 6-7-4 mark (.471) in those 17 encounters. 

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.