Weekly Notes Games 29-30: Ferris State at Alaska

Weekly Notes Games 29-30: Ferris State at Alaska

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This Week:
at Alaska Nanooks

Saturday & Sunday (Feb. 5-6) - 11:05 p.m. (EST)
Carlson Center (4,595 capacity) - Fairbanks, Alaska

Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast:  Saturday & Sunday - America One
Television: None
 Radio Broadcast: Saturday & Sunday: KSUA-FM Listen Live

The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team begins the final month of the 2010-11 regular season this weekend (Feb. 5-6) as the Bulldogs visit the Alaska Nanooks in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at Fairbanks, Alaska.   The two contests represent the final 2010-11 regular-season matchups between the two teams.  

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 improved to 12-12-4 overall and 9-10-3-2 (6th place--32 pts.) in the CCHA this season following a 2-1 league home victory over Michigan State last Thursday (Jan. 27) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  FSU, which is listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Jan. 31) U.S. College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) poll, is 5-7-1 on the road, 7-4-3 at home, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites this campaign.  The Bulldogs produced a 21-13-6 overall record for the 2009-10 season, which included a third-place 13-9-6-4 CCHA ledger.  Ferris State went on to make its first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Alaska is 12-10-4 overall and 9-9-4-2 (5th place--33 pts.) in CCHA action this campaign after completing a two-game league sweep of Ohio State last weekend (Jan. 28-29) at UA's Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The Nanooks claimed a 1-0 overtime win over the Buckeyes in last Friday's (Jan. 28) series opener and then recorded a 6-2 triumph in Saturday's (Jan. 29) finale.  Alaska, which is 7-3-2 in home encounters this season, is among teams receiving votes in this week's (Jan. 31) U.S. College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) poll.  A season ago, the Nanooks registered an 18-12-9 overall mark with a fifth-place 11-9-8-4 CCHA record (45 pts.).     

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 302-346-73 (.469) - (20-27-3 vs. Alaska -- 8-20-1 Away, 12-7-2 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.  Daniels notched his 300th career victory on Jan. 7, 2011, in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State.

Alaska - Dallas Ferguson (Alaska, 1996), 3rd season, 47-38-19 (.543) - (7-1-0 vs. Ferris State).  Ferguson, the eighth head coach in Alaska's history, was selected the 2008-09 CCHA's Coach of the Year.  Prior to his current position, Ferguson spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach for the Nanooks.  A four-year (1992-96) letterwinner at Alaska, he presently ranks 21st on the program's career scoring leading chart.

Scouting Alaska: The Nanooks presently have eight players with double-figure points, led by freshman forward Cody Kunyk (9-11=20) and senior forward Kevin Petovello (8-11=19).  Sophomore forward Nik Yaremchuk (7-10=17) and junior defenseman Joe Sova (3-14=17) are also among UA's scoring leaders.  Junior goaltender Scott Greenham (12-10-4, 1.98 GAA, .927sv%) has played in all 26 Nanook contests this season and ranks seventh nationally in goals-against average and 10th in save percentage.  Alaska is listed fourth among the national statistical leaders in scoring defense (2.12 gpg.), 13th in penalty-kill efficiency (85.0%), 36th in power play (16.2%), 46th in penalty minutes (12.2 avg.), and tied for 46th in scoring offense (2.35 gpg.).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series against Alaska this weekend will represent the 56th and 57th meetings in a series which the Nanooks hold a 28-24-3 advantage.  The Bulldogs are 8-20-1 all-time in road appearances versus Alaska, which includes a 2-10-0 mark in their past 12 such contests.  Earlier this season (Dec. 10-11) in Big Rapids, Mich., the two teams split a series with Ferris State prevailing 4-2 in the opener (Dec. 10) before suffering a 4-3 overtime setback to the Nanooks in the finale (Dec. 11).  The last 11 matchups between the two teams have been decided by two goals or less with FSU producing a 0-9-2 mark in those encounters.  The Bulldogs are averaging 2.40 goals per game (12 total) in their last five outings while Alaska is scoring 3.00 goals a contest (15 total) during that span.  Ferris State sports a 4-4-1 record all-time in February matchups, which includes a 2-4-1 road ledger.  Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has compiled a team-leading nine career points (2-7=9) in 10 contests versus Alaska.    

Hobey Baker Award Candidates: Two Ferris State seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and defenseman Zach Redmond 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 fifth among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.96), 19th in save percentage (.922), and 34th in winning percentage (.520) while Redmond is tied for 17th place in game-winning goals (three). 

Climbing The Chart: Goaltender Pat Nagle is only five saves shy of moving into a fifth-place tie with Craig Lisko (1989-93; 2,165 career saves) among Ferris State's all-time saves leaders.  Nagle, a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, has currently amassed 2,160 stops in 90 career appearances for a 24.0 saves per contest average. 

Productive Season: Junior defenseman Chad Billins' (Marysville) 12 points (5-7=12) in 28 games this campaign represents a career single-season high, eclipsing his 11 points apiece in the 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. 

Close Encounters: Twenty two of Ferris State's 28 contests this season have been decided by two goals or less, which includes 20 of the last 24 contests.  The Bulldogs have compiled an 8-10-4 mark (.417) in those 22 matchups. 

On The Visitor's Ice: Ferris State is averaging 1.92 goals per game (25 total) in its 13 road games this season while the opposition has posted a 1.92 goals average (25 total).  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 12-4 in the third period in those away contests.  FSU has converted 13.0% (6-46) of its power-play opportunities and is at 88.2% (45-51) efficiency in penalty-kill situations.

Dozen Victories: Pat Nagle claimed his 12th win of this season in last Thursday's (Jan. 27) 2-1 over Michigan State which equals a career season high.  Nagle presently sports a 12-10-4 mark in 26 contests this season after registering a 12-10-3 record a season ago in 26 appearances.  Nagle, who has currently accumulated 595 saves this campaign, is also 42 stops away from matching his career season-best 636 saves set in the 2009-10 season. 

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle presently ranks second among the Bulldogs' career leaders in both save percentage (.915) and goals-against average (2.34) while the netminder is third in victories (39), fifth in both games (90) and minutes played (5,136), tied for fifth in shutouts (five), and sixth in both saves (2,160) and winning percentage (.506).

Dominant RedZach Redmond presently ranks tied for 38th place on Ferris State's all-time points leader list with 87 career points (22-65=87) and is listed 27th place in assists.  The FSU blueliner is tied for seventh in goals among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen while ranking fifth in assists and tied for fourth in points.

Red Alert: Zach Redmond tallied his career season-best seventh goal of this season last Thursday (Jan. 27) versus Michigan State by netting the game winner.  The Bulldog team captain has totaled seven goals in 22 contests to date this campaign.  Redmond's previous season best was six lamplighters produced in both the 2007-08 (37 games) and 2009-10 (40 games) seasons.  His three game-winning markers this campaign equals his career season-best output established a season ago.

Breakout Season: Junior center Jordie Johnston's (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) 11 points (5-6=11) this season in 25 games not only marks a career season best, but more than doubles his offensive production from the previous two (2008-09 and 2009-10) combined seasons.  Johnston posted a combined eight points (4-4=8) in 57 outings during the prior two campaigns.   

Bulldog Hockey Reunion: The Continue The Ferris Hockey Legacy! reunion for past Bulldog players and coaches from 1979-89 will be held on Feb. 19 in conjunction with the FSU's hockey team's home CCHA contest versus Notre Dame.  Admission is free to for those players and coaches in the 1979-89 era and those in attendance will be introduced between the first and second periods.  A group ticket price of $6 will be available for family members/guests and an after game social will be held in the Bulldog Hockey Locker room lounge area.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 101-69-24 record (.582) 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 7-4-3 (.607) record in home appearances this season.

Hockey Weekend Across America: The fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, will be held from Feb. 18-20, 2011 to celebrate the sport of hockey and those involved with the game.  Each day of Hockey Weekend Across America will have a theme -- Friday (Feb. 18) - "Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey" presented by ShopUSAHockey.com; Saturday (Feb. 19) - "Bring A Friend to the Rink", presented by the National Hockey League (NHL); and Sunday (Feb. 20) - "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes", presented by Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports.  The Hockey Weekend Across America "Get Your Gear On" Contest gives fan an opportunity to win one of three Reebok Hockey head-to-toe equipment packages by visiting this link.  On Saturday, Feb. 19, over 200 rinks across the nation will host Try Hockey for Free Clinics and for more information, visit this link.     

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.