January 12, 2011

Weekly Notes Games 24-25: #19 Ferris State vs. #7 Michigan

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This Week:
vs. #7 Michigan Wolverines

Friday (Jan. 14) - 7:38 p.m. (EST)
Yost Ice Arena (6,637 capacity) - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saturday (Jan. 15) - 7:08 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast: Saturday - America One
Radio Broadcast: Friday & Saturday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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Television: FridayCBS College Sports Network; Saturday - Comcast Television


The Opening Faceoff: The 19th nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will renew acquaintances with seventh-ranked Michigan this weekend (Jan. 14-15) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series.  The action gets underway this Friday (Jan. 14) in Ann Arbor, Mich., before concluding on Saturday (Jan. 15) at Big Rapids, Mich.  The two-game league set between the in-state schools marks the final two regular-season meetings for the 2010-11 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.

On TV: This Friday's (Jan. 14) series opener at Michigan will be televised live by the CBS College Sports Network as Matt Shepard calls the action with Dave Starman serving as the color analyst.  CBS College Sports Network is available on DirecTV channel 613, Dish Network channel 152, Bell TV channel 413, AT&T U-verse channel 643 (SD) and channel 1643 (HD), and Sky Angel channel 323 along with many cable systems.  To get CBS College Sports Network, please visit this link.   

This Saturday's (Jan. 15) finale versus the Wolverines will be televised live by Comcast Television and is available on selected cable systems throughout the state on channel 900.  Fred Pletsch will serve as the play-by-play announcer with Sean Ritchlin providing color commentary.  Art Regner will be the rinkside reporter.  

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.  

Whiteout Promotion: Ferris State hockey fans are encouraged to wear white for this Saturday's (Jan. 15) home matchup against Michigan as part of the Bulldog Athletics Department's "Whiteout" promotion. 

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).  A live internet audio broadcast is also available through UStream.  Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog men's ice hockey home contests.   

The Records: Ferris State improved to 11-8-4 overall and 8-6-3-2 (third place) in the CCHA this season with a two-game league series sweep over Bowling Green State last weekend (Jan. 14-15)at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The Bulldogs registered a 4-1 victory over the Falcons in last Friday's (Jan. 14) opener and then claimed a 3-1 win in Saturday's (Jan. 15) finale.  FSU moved up one place into 19th this week (Jan. 10) in U.S. College Hockey Online's (USCHO) poll while the Bulldogs continue to be listed among others receiving votes in both the Inside College Hockey and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.  Ferris State is 5-4-1 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.  The Bulldogs went on to make its first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Michigan, which is ranked seventh this week (Jan. 10) in all three national polls, is currently 13-6-4 overall and 10-4-1-0 (second place) in the CCHA this campaign.  The Wolverines split a league home-and-home series with Michigan State last weekend (Jan. 7-8), dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Spartans last Friday (Jan. 7) in East Lansing, Mich., before registering a 4-0 home decision in Saturday's (Jan. 8) rematch at Ann Arbor, Mich.  Michigan is 7-2-1 at home, 4-4-2 on the road, and 2-0-0 at neutral sites this campaign.  UM compiled a 26-18-1 overall record for the 2009-10 season with a seventh-place 14-13-1-0 CCHA mark and made the program's 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.  

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 301-342-73 (.471) - (12-37-3 vs. Michigan -- 4-23-0 Away, 8-12-2 Home, and 0-2-1 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.  He recently notched his 300th career victory in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State on Jan. 7.

Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 27th season, 712-334-73 (.669) - (59-23-3 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM's all-time winningest coach and currently ranks seventh on college hockey's coaching wins list.  Berenson is one of five head coaches in college hockey history to compile 700 wins.  He's a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year.  Berenson played in the National Hockey League for 17 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues and scored at least 20 goals in seven NHL seasons.

Scouting Michigan: The Wolverines have 12 skaters with double-figure points totals, led by senior forwards Carl Hagelin (12-15=27) and Louie Caporusso (7-12=19).  Hagelin ranks 39th among the national leaders in points per game (1.17) and is tied for 39th in goals per game (0.52).  A pair of defensemen, freshman Jon Merrill (5-10=15) and junior Brandon Burlon (4-11=15) along with senior forward Matt Rust (3-12=15) are among among UM's top points getters.  In goal are seniors Shawn Hunwick (6-4-4, 2.58 GAA, .912sv%) and Bryan Hogan (7-2-0, 2.11 GAA, .923sv%).  Nationally, Hogan is listed 15th in goals-against average and 16th in saves percentage while Hunwick is 35th in goals-against average and 37th in saves percentage.  The Wolverines are ranked 10th in scoring margin (1.04), 11th in scoring offense (3.48), 15th in scoring defense (2.43), 20th in power-play percentage (20.2%), 22nd in both penalty minutes (14.5) and combined special teams (51.7%), and 41st in penalty-kill efficiency (80.0%).   

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Michigan will square off for the 96th and 97th times this weekend in an all-time series which the Wolverines hold a 63-28-4 advantage.  FSU is 10-38-0 on the road, 18-23-3 at home, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites versus Michigan.  Earlier this season (Oct. 29-30), Ferris State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie before winning 2-0 in a three-round shootout in the series opener (Oct. 29) at Big Rapids, Mich.  The Wolverines would then register a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs in the series finale (Oct. 30) at Ann Arbor, Mich.  UM is 11-3-2 in its last 16 contests against Ferris State, which includes a 4-2-1 mark in the past seven matchups.  The Bulldogs are averaging 1.71 goals an outing (12 total) in their last five meetings while the Wolverines are scoring at a 3.14 goals (22 total) per game clip.  Eleven of the last 22 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State sports a 6-4-2 mark in those encounters.  FSU is 7-20-1 all-time in January matchups - 2-14-0 on the road and 5-6-1 at home. 

300th Victory: Head coach Bob Daniels registered his 300th career victory at Ferris State as a result of last Friday's (Jan. 7) 4-1 league victory at Bowling Green State.  Daniels, the program's all-time winningest coach, has presently accumulated a 301-342-73 (.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. 

Redmond Earns CCHA Weekly Honor: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been chosen by the CCHA as this week's (Jan. 10) Defenseman of the Week for his notable performance at Bowling Green State this past weekend (Jan. 7-8).  Redmond, a 2010-11 first-team CCHA Preseason All-Conference selection, produced a team-high three points in the two-game set with a goal and two assists.  He generated two helpers, including the lone helper on FSU's game-winning lamplighter, in the Bulldogs' 4-1 triumph over the Falcons (Jan. 7) and then netted an unassisted goal in a 3-1 victory against Bowling Green State (Jan. 8).  A season ago, Redmond was recognized as the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week on three occasions (Oct. 26, Dec. 14, and Jan. 11) en route to attaining All-CCHA Second-Team recognition.

Points Streak: Sophomore right wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) extended his current points streak to three games with a goal in last Friday's (Jan. 7) win at Bowling Green State and then added an assist in the series finale (Jan. 8) win over the Falcons.  Kirzinger has notched a combined four points (2-2=4) in those three contests and has produced six points (2-4=6) in his last seven appearances.

Offensive Defender: Zach Redmond presently ranks 40th among Ferris State's all-time leaders with 86 points on 21 goals and 65 assists in 132 games.  The Bulldog team captain is also one point shy of moving into a 38th-place tie with Phil Lewandowski (1999-02; 40-47=87) and Blair Riley (2006-09; 42-45=87).  Redmond is sixth in assists (65), seventh in points (86), and tied for ninth in goals (21) on the program's all-time leaders list for defensemen

Puck Stopper: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) currently is seventh on FSU's all-time leaders charts in career saves with 2,054 total stops in 85 appearances.  The 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team performer is 50 saves shy of moving into a sixth-place tie with Mitch O'Keefe (2005-07; 2,104 saves) and is only the seventh individual in the program's history to reach the 2,000-career plateau. 

Mike Check: Senior left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) has chalked up at least a point in five of his last six outings while compiling a combined five points (0-5=5) during that span.  Embach has tallied at least a point in 10 of 23 contests played in this campaign to date.  The Bulldog forward has recorded a combined six points (3-3=6) in his initial 17 outings this season.  Embach has currently racked up 51 career points (24-27=51) in 116 games, which included a career season-best 20 points (9-11=20) in 34 encounters a season ago.

Close Encounters: Eighteen of Ferris State's 23 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 16 of the last 19 contests.  The Bulldogs have produced a 7-7-4 mark (.500) in those 18 encounters. 

Career Best: Sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) has recorded a career-high six goals this season in 17 games, which eclipsed his two lamplighters (2-4=6) a season ago in 23 contests.  Bonis, who netted two goals in last Friday's (Jan. 7) 4-1 victory at Bowling Green State, has produced a season-best nine points (6-3=9) this campaign to surpass his six points (2-4=6) a season ago.  All nine of Bonis' points this 2010-11 season have occurred in CCHA matchups. 

Among The Best: Pat Nagle presently ranks first among the Bulldogs' career leaders in saves percentage (.917), second in goals-against average (2.30), tied for second in shutouts (six), third in victories (38), tied for fourth in winning percentage (.524), sixth in minutes played (4,872), and seventh in games played (85).  

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.  

Did You Know?: Pat Nagle has produced seven career points (all assists) in 85 contests at Ferris State.  Nagle, who picked up a helper in the 2-2 overtime tie at home against nationally-ranked Michigan earlier this season (Oct. 29), compiled a season-best three points (0-3=3) in 26 outings for the 2009-10 campaign.

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 will air Ferris State's matchup versus Minnesota (1/1) at the Mariucci 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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