Weekly Notes Games 3-4: St. Lawrence at Ferris State
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vs. St. Lawrence Saints
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 15-16) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan
Live Game Statistics: Friday
Radio Broadcast: Friday on Big Country 100.9 FM WWBR. Saturday on Newstalk 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN with Dominic Hennig calling the action. Listen
Live Video Webcast: America One
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will open the home portion of its 2010-11 season schedule this weekend (Oct. 15-16) with a two-game set against the St. Lawrence Saints at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The non-league series represents the first two outings of a five-game homestand for the Bulldogs.
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 Hockey Night: This Saturday (Oct. 16) evening's contest versus St. Lawrence has been designated as a Meijer Family Hockey Night. The Meijer Family Hockey Night promotion features four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn for $32. Meijer Family Hockey Night coupons are available at the Big Rapids Meijer and can be redeemed at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the game's start time.
Skate With The Dawgs: Fans will have an opportunity to meet and interact with members of the 2010-11 Bulldog hockey team following this Saturday's (Oct. 16) series finale. Skate rental for the post-game activity is free.
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 1-1-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs registered a 4-1 victory over Alabama-Huntsville in last Thursday's (Oct. 7) season opener at UAH's Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., before suffering a 4-2 setback to the Chargers in Friday's (Oct. 8) non-league series finale. Ferris State is listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Oct. 11) U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division I men's ice hockey poll as the Bulldogs compiled 11 points. 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 their first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.
St. Lawrence is currently 0-0-2 overall and 0-0-0 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) after skating to a pair of overtime ties against Minnesota State last weekend (Oct. 8-9) in a non-league two-game set at MSU's Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn. The Saints played the Mavericks to a 5-5 tie in last Friday's (Oct. 8) season opener and then to a 1-1 deadlock in Saturday's (Oct. 9) finale. St. Lawrence is listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Oct. 11) U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division I men's ice hockey poll as the Saints collected three points. SLU posted a 19-16-7 overall record and was 9-8-5 in ECAC action a season ago.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 291-335-69 (.460) - (2-2-0 vs. St. Lawrence -1-0-0 Home, 0-1-0 Away, 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.
St. Lawrence: Joe Marsh (New Hampshire, 1977), 25th season, 455-376-70 (.544) - (2-2-0 vs. Ferris State). Marsh holds the distinction of being only the third NCAA Division I coach to win 400 or more games at the same institution. He was the 2006-07 runner up for the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA-I Coach of the Year after being the award recipient on two previous occasions (1989 and 2000). Marsh has been the winner of the Tim Taylor Award as the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year for an unprecidented four times. Marsh has compiled 20 or more victories in a single season at SLU 12 times.
Scouting St. Lawrence: The Saints are led in scoring by senior forward Sean Flanagan (2-3=5) along with junior defenseman Peter Child (2-1=3) and sophomore forward Kyle Flanagan (0-3=3). In goal are junior Robby Moss (0-0-1, 4.62 GAA, .989sv%) and freshman Matt Weninger (0-0-1, 0.93 GAA., .974 sv%), who ranks fourth nationally in save percentage and is sixth in goals-against average. SLU is tied for eighth in power-play efficiency (37.5), tied for 10th in penalty-killing (90.0), 18th in penalty minutes (16.5), tied for 19th place in scoring defense (3.00), tied for 22nd place in scoring offense (3.00), and tied for 23rd in scoring margin (0.00).
The All-Time Series: The two teams will meet for the fifth and sixth times in an all-time series which is tied at 2-2-0 and originated in the 1992-93 season. Ferris State is 1-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road, and 1-1-0 at neutral sites versus the Saints. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, the Bulldogs suffered a 5-4 loss to St. Lawrence in the opening round of the 13th annual Vermont Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup (1/2) at Burlington, Vt. Ferris State skated to a 4-1 triumph against SLU in its only home appearance at Big Rapids back in the 1999-00 campaign (11/26). The Bulldogs are averaging 3.00 goals per game (12 total) while the Saints have tallied 2.25 goals an outing (nine total) in the series.
Home Openers: Ferris State is 13-16-2 (.452) in home-opening contests dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 4-9-0 mark in its last 13 openers. FSU skated to a 2-1 victory over Connecticut in last season's (Oct. 16) home-opening tilt after dropping a 5-2 decision to Canisius in its 2008-09 season home opener (10/10).
Billins Receives CCHA Weekly Honor: Junior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) has been selected this week's (10/11) CCHA Defenseman of the Week for his performance in last weekend's (Oct. 7-8) season-opening series split at Alabama-Huntsville. Billins recorded a team-leading three points with two goals and an assist in the two-game set versus Alabama-Huntsville. He netted the two power-play lamplighters, including the game winner, in a 4-1 season-opening victory over the Chargers last Thursday (10/7) en route to being named the game's first star. Billins then picked up a helper in a 4-2 loss to UAH in Friday's (10/8) matchup. He earned CCHA Rookie of the Week plaudits during his 2008-09 freshman campaign (12/15).
Good Start: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) has already equaled his career single season in one appearance this season after tallying a second-period lamplighter in the Bulldogs' series finale at Alabama-Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 8). Hennig had netted one goal in each of his previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) in 12 and 21 games, respectively.
Billing Cycle: Chad Billins' two goals in Ferris State's season-opening win at Alabama-Huntsville last Thursday (Oct. 7) represents one lamplighter shy of equalling his career single-season best three tallies (3-8=11) in 40 games set a season ago.
Closing In: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) is three points shy of recording his 75th career point at Ferris State. Redmond, who has two points (1-1=2) in as many outings this campaign, has registered 16 goals with 56 assists in 117 career contests to date.
Home Ice Advantage: Ferris State posted a 15-3-2 record at home last season as the Bulldogs averaged 3.50 goals per game (70 total) while holding the opposition to a 2.20 goals a contest average (44 total). FSU converted 22.2% (28-126) of its power-play opportunities and posted a 90.9% (100-110) efficiency in penalty killing. Ferris State also averaged 38.3 shots per outing (766 total) in those 20 home appearances while its opponent averaged 28.5 shots (569 total) per game.
No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 94-65-21 record (.581) 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.
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. Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) 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.
Redmond Named Captain: 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. 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).
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.