Weekly Notes Games 26-27: Ferris State at Northern Michigan
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at Northern Michigan Wildcats
Friday & Saturday (Jan. 21-22) - 7:35 p.m. (EST)
Berry Events Center (3,902 capacity) - Marquette, Michigan
Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast: Friday & Saturday - America One
Radio Broadcast: Friday & Saturday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for the second time this 2010-11 season as the Bulldogs visit the Northern Michigan Wildcats in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. This weekend's series involving the two in-state schools represents the first and only regular-season meetings between the teams in 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.
Meijer Family Nights: The upcoming 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). A live internet audio broadcast is also available through UStream. Live internet statistics is also available for all Bulldog men's ice hockey home contests.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 11-10-4 overall and 8-8-3-2 (fourth place-29 pts.) in the CCHA this season following a pair of losses to nationally-ranked Michigan this past weekend (Jan. 14-15) in a home-and-home league series. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 series-opening decision to Michigan last Friday (Jan. 14) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ferris State then suffered a 6-1 home loss to the Wolverines in Saturday's (Jan. 15) finale at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Jan. 17) U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll. Ferris State is 5-5-1 on the road, 6-4-3 at home, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites to date 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.
Northern Michigan has posted a 9-11-4 overall mark with a 7-7-2-0 (eighth place-23 pts.) ledger in the CCHA this campaign. The Wildcats, who were idle this past weekend (Jan. 14-15), were swept in a two-game league home series by nationally-ranked Notre Dame two weeks ago (Jan. 7-8) at NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. Northern Michigan fell 8-1 to the Fighting Irish in series opener (Jan. 7) and then was dealt a 3-1 setback in the series finale (Jan. 8). NMU, which is 1-3-2 in its last five outings, is 5-5-1 at home, 4-6-3 on the road, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season. The Wildcats registered a 20-13-8 overall record, which included a fourth-place 13-9-6-3 CCHA mark, for the 2009-10 campaign and advanced to the CCHA Championships title contest.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 301-344-73 (.470) - (16-22-2 vs. Northern Michigan -- 10-10-0 Away, 5-11-2 Home, and 1-1-0 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. He recently notched his 300th career victory in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State on Jan. 7.
Northern Michigan - Walt Kyle (Northern Michigan, 1981), 9th season, 170-145-28 (.536) - (12-7-1 vs. Ferris State). Kyle is the second head coach in NMU's history and served as an assistant coach under Rick Comley for the Wildcats from 1982-92. He was the program's top assistant in 1991 when NMU won the NCAA Division I Tournament's National Championship. Kyle has guided the Wildcats to seven overall appearances at the CCHA Championships and directed NMU to the 2010 CCHA title game along with a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.
Scouting Northern Michigan: The Wildcats currently feature eight skaters with double-figure point totals, led by junior forwards Tyler Gron (12-8=20) and Justin Florek (8-10=18). Gron is tied for 39th place in goals per game (0.52 gpg.) nationally. Junior forward Andrew Cherniwchan (5-9=14) along with senior forward Greger Hanson (3-11=14) are also among NMU's top points producers this campaign. Junior Reid Ellingson (5-7-2, 2.66 GAA, .916sv%) and freshman Jared Coreau (4-4-2, 3.30 GAA, .913sv%) have split the goaltending duties for the Wildcats, who rank second nationally in penalty minutes (19.7 avg.). NMU is listed 19th among the national statistical leaders in combined special teams (52.1%), 30th in power-play efficiency (17.6%), tied for 32nd in scoring defense (3.00 gpg.), 41st in scoring margin (-0.58), 44th in scoring offense (2.42 gpg.), and 51st in penalty-kill efficiency (77.5%).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State's series at Northern Michigan this weekend will represent the 71st and 72nd meetings between the two schools with the Wildcats having a 47-20-3 lead in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 11-26-0 on the road, 8-19-3 at home, and 1-2-0 at neutral sites versus NMU. A season ago, Ferris State compiled a 0-2-1 mark against NMU as the Bulldogs went 0-1-1 in a regular-season series (Feb. 5-6) at Big Rapids. Ferris State skated to a 3-3 overtime tie before falling 1-0 in a three-round shootout in the series opener (Feb. 5) and then dropped a 4-0 decision to the Wildcats in the finale (Feb. 6). The two teams will meet again in the semifinal round (March 19) of the 2010 CCHA Championships at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., with the Wildcats claiming a 5-4 overtime win. The Bulldogs are 4-5-1 (.450) in their last 10 contests versus NMU, which includes a 3-2-0 (.600) road ledger. FSU completed a two-game sweep in its last two appearances on the Wildcats' ice in the 2008-09 campaign (Nov. 28-29), winning 6-4 and 2-1. The Bulldogs are 6-12-0 all-time in January matchups, which includes a 3-6-0 road record.
Hobey Baker Award Candidates: Two Ferris State seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been named as 2010-11 season candidates for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award which is awarded annually to college hockey's top player. The pair are among 68 candidates for the Award and the popular fan-voting phase is currently open at the Hobey Baker website - www.hobeybaker.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make a selection from this year's outstanding group of college hockey players. Nagle presently ranks seventh among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.96), 13th in save percentage (.924), and tied for 29th in winning percentage (.565) while Redmond is tied for 37th place in game-winning goals (two).
Climbing The Chart: Goaltender Pat Nagle moved into a tie for sixth place among Ferris State's all-time saves leaders with 13 stops last Saturday (Jan. 15) against nationally-ranked Michigan. Nagle, who has registered 2,104 career stops in 87 appearances, is presently tied with Mitch O'Keefe (2005-07; 2,104 career saves) for sixth-place honors. Nagle, a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, is 61 stops away from tying Craig Lisko (1989-93; 2,165 career saves) for fifth place.
Career Numbers: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) has produced a career season-high 12 points (6-6=12) in 22 outings this campaign, which doubles his 2009-10 season output of six points (1-5=6) in 21 encounters. Hennig has recorded at least a point in 10 contests this season highlighted by a pair of two-point game performances - 1-1=2 against Ohio State (Oct. 22) and at Michigan (Jan. 14). Last season, Hennig claimed two points (0-2=2) in nine appearances through the Bulldogs' first 25 contests.
Offensive Defender: Zach Redmond presently ranks 40th among Ferris State's all-time leaders with 86 points on 21 goals and 65 assists in 134 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.
Bill Payment: Junior defenseman Chad Billins' (Marysville) 11 points (5-6=11) in 25 games this campaign matches his career season best. Billins, who ranks second among the 2010-11 team's defenders in scoring to date, compiled 11 points apiece in his previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10). The two-time (Oct. 11 and Nov. 29) CCHA Defenseman of the Week recorded 11 points (2-9=11) in 27 games for the 2008-09 season and then tallied 11 points (3-8=11) in 40 outings for the 2009-10 campaign.
Let's Compare: Through 25 contests this season, Ferris State has allowed 54 goals for an average of 2.16 goals a game. A season ago, the Bulldogs gave up 53 lamplighters in their initial 25 outings as the opposition averaged 2.12 goals per outing.
Close Encounters: Nineteen of Ferris State's 25 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 17 of the last 21 contests. The Bulldogs have produced a 7-8-4 mark (.500) in those 18 encounters.
One More: Pat Nagle is one victory shy of equalling his career single-season best 12 victories (12-10-3 record) established a season ago in 26 contests. Nagle presently has registered an 11-8-4 mark between the posts as a starter in all 23 outings played in this campaign.
Doubling Up: The Bulldogs have five skaters in double-digit scoring this campaign who have combined to account for 39.5% (60-152) of the team's points production and 44.8% (26-58) of their goal-scoring output. The exclusive group is comprised of Zach Redmond (6-10=16), Nate Hennig (6-6=12), Chad Billins (5-6=11), senior left wing Mike Embach (5-6=11), and sophomore right wing Matthew Kirzinger (4-6=10).
Among The Best: Pat Nagle presently ranks tied for first among the Bulldogs' career leaders in saves percentage (.916), second in goals-against average (2.35), third in victories (38), fifth in games played (85), tied for fifth in shutouts (five), and sixth in both winning percentage (.512) and minutes played (4,956).
Goal Scorer: Freshman left wing Garrett Thompson (Traverse City) has netted a goal in all four contests in which the Bulldog skater has generated a point this season. Thompson, who tallied his fourth goal of the season at Michigan last Friday (Jan. 14), currently leads all FSU freshmen in scoring with six points (4-2=6) in 15 games.
No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 100-69-24 record (.580) 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 6-4-3 (.577) 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 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.