February 7, 2011

Weekly Notes Games 31-32: Alabama-Huntsville at Ferris State

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This Week:
vs. Alabama-Huntsville

Friday & Saturday (Feb. 11-12) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

Live Game Statistics: Friday | Saturday
Live Video Webcast:  Friday & Saturday - America One
Television: Friday - Ferris Television (Tape Delayed)
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The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will put its current three-game winning streak on the line this weekend (Feb. 11-12) as the Bulldogs take on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in a two-game non-league series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  Both contests will get underway at 7:05 p.m. (EST).  The two teams squared off previously this campaign (Oct. 7-8) in a season-opening series at Huntsville, Ala.  

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.

February Fan Appreciation Ticket Special: Tickets for the four remaining 2010-11 Bulldog hockey team's regular-season home contests can be purchased at a special discounted adult ticket price of $36 and $24 for senior citizens ages 65 & older and K-12 grades.  The savings adds up to $12 for adult tickets and $16 for senior citizens and K-12.  Click on this link for more information.  

Meijer Family Nights: The weekend's (Feb. 11-12) 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 14-12-4 overall and 11-10-3-2 (5th place--38 pts.) in the CCHA this season with a pair of league victories at Alaska this past weekend (Feb. 5-6) at UA's Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The Bulldogs skated to a 2-1 win over the Nanooks in weekend series opener last Saturday (Feb. 5) and then posted a 3-2 triumph in Sunday's (Feb. 6) finale.  For the second straight week (Feb. 7), Ferris State is listed among other teams receiving votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) poll.  FSU has compiled a 7-4-3 home ledger, 7-7-1 on the road, 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.  

Alabama-Huntsville is 4-24-2 overall this season after splitting a two-game non-league series against nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha two weeks ago (Jan. 28-29) at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.  The Chargers suffered a 4-0 loss in the series opener (Jan. 28) before notching a 2-1 overtime decision in the finale (Jan. 29).  UAH, which is the nation's lone NCAA Division I independent and sports a 1-13-2 road mark to date, visits Ferris State this weekend (Feb. 11-12) in what will mark the final official contests of this season for the Chargers.  Alabama-Huntsville is slated to host the U.S. National Development Under-18 Team on Feb. 25-26 at UAH's Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Chargers wrapped up the 2009-10 campaign at 12-18-3 overall with a third-place tying 6-10-2 mark in the now-defunct College Hockey America (CHA).  UAH earned an automatic berth into the 2010 NCAA Tournament by winning the CHA Tournament (March 14) with a 3-2 overtime victory over host Niagara at Niagara, N.Y.  The Chargers concluded their notable season in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional (March 27) in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a result of a 2-1 loss to nationally top-ranked Miami (Ohio).     

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 304-346-73 (.471) - (3-2-0 vs. Alabama-Huntsville -- 2-0-0 Home, 1-1-0 Away, and 0-1-0 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.  Daniels notched his 300th career victory on Jan. 7, 2011, in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State.

Alabama-Huntsville - Chris Luongo (Michigan State, 1990), 1st season, 4-24-2 (.167) - (1-1-0 vs. Ferris State).  Luongo was promoted to head coach in July 2010 after serving the last two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) as the Chargers' top assistant coach.  He earned All-CCHA recognition at Michigan State as a defenseman under legendary head coach Ron Mason and then made his NHL debut in 1990-91 as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Scouting Alabama-Huntsville: Senior defenseman Matt Baxter (9-11=20) and sophomore forward Keenan Desmet (8-10=18) lead seven UAH individuals with double-digit points totals.  Baxter is presently listed in a 24th-place tie nationally among the nation's top scoring blueliners with an 0.67 points per game average.  Junior forward Jamie Easton (6-11=17) and sophomore forward Justin Cseter (2-12=14) are also among the Chargers' top points producers.  Freshman Clarke Saunders (4-13-0, 3.72 GAA, .898sv%) is UAH's primary goaltender with 18 games played while two other freshmen, John Griggs (0-7-1, 3.81 GAA, .888sv%) and C.J. Groh (0-4-1, 4.33 GAA, .880sv%) have appeared in nine and seven contests, respectively.  Nationally, the Chargers rank 11th in penalty minutes (16.8 avg.), 20th in combined special teams (51.6%), tied for 35th in power-play efficiency (18.8%), 45th in penalty-kill efficiency (79.4%), 54th in scoring defense (3.97 gpg.), 56th in scoring margin (-2.03 gpg.), and are tied for 56th in scoring offense (1.93 gpg.).   

The All-Time Series: Ferris State holds a 5-2-0 lead over Alabama-Huntsville as this weekend's series represents the eighth and ninth meetings between the two teams in a series which started in the 1985-86 campaign.  The Bulldogs are 4-0-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites versus the Chargers.  The two teams split a season-opening series earlier this campaign (Oct. 7-8) with the Bulldogs claiming a 4-1 decision in the opener (Oct. 7) before being dealt a 4-2 setback in the finale (Oct. 8). Ferris State swept UAH in a two-game home series back in the 2008-09 campaign (12/12-13), winning 4-2 and 5-2.  The lone loss suffered by Ferris State in the series occurred at the 2002 Connecticut Classic (12/29) as a result of a 5-4 overtime loss.  FSU is averaging 5.57 goals per game (39 total) in the series while UAH has scored at a 2.71 average (19 total) for a 2.86 goals an outing differential.  Ferris State has never faced Alabama-Huntsville during the month of February.  Junior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) has compiled a team-high four points (3-1=4) in three career appearances versus UAH.

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 (1.93), 13th in save percentage (.925), and tied for 26th in winning percentage (.571) while Redmond is tied for 19th place in game-winning goals (three). 

One More: Goaltender Pat Nagle is one victory away from moving into a second-place tie with Rob Hughston (1981-84; 42-53-7) among Ferris State's all-time winningest netminders.  Nagle has presently posted a 41-38-10 career mark in 92 appearances, which includes a career-best 14-10-4 record in net this season in 26 appearances.  Nagle needs 22 more victories to tie Mike Brown's (2001-04) school-record 63 career wins (63-57-7). 

Noteworthy: Ferris State's two wins at Alaska this past weekend (Feb. 5-6) represented the first time the Bulldogs' have swept the Nanooks since the 2002-03 season.  The 2002-03 CCHA regular-season champion Bulldog squad posted 5-0 and 5-1 victories (Nov. 1-2) in Fairbanks, Alaska.  FSU has currently prevailed in three of the last four matchups between the two league teams after going 1-15-2 in the previous 18 meetings. 

Strong Suit: The Bulldogs presently rank among the top five national statisical leaders defensively through games of Feb. 7.  FSU is tied for second nationally in penalty-kill efficiency (88.8%) and ranks tied for fourth in scoring defense (2.10 gpg.).  The Bulldogs have allowed a goal or less in a contest 12 times this campaign.

Senior Shines: Senior left wing Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge) is making the most of his final season as a Bulldog with 10 points (6-4=10) in 26 contests.  Fillinger has chalked up a point in four of his last six outings to date, which included a point apiece in the series at Alaska (Feb. 5-6).  The FSU skater has picked up a point in 10 of his 26 games this campaign and is three points shy of matching his career season-best 13 points (9-4=13) set in 31 contests as a freshman in the 2007-08 season. 

Make Way: Pat Nagle is only nine more saves from tying Vince Owen's (1997-00) fourth-place 2,229 career stops.  Nagle has presently accumulated 2,220 career saves in 92 matchups and is averaging 24.1 saves per contest.  Mike Williams (1986-90) currently occupies the third-place position with a 2,656 career saves total. 

Close Encounters: Twenty four of Ferris State's 30 contests this season have been determined by two goals or less, including 22 of the team's last 26 contests.  The Bulldogs have generated a 10-10-4 mark (.500) in those 24 matchups. 

Non-Conference Play: Ferris State has posted a 3-2-0 record in non-league action this season, which includes a 2-0-0 home mark as a result of sweeping St. Lawrence earlier this campaign (Oct. 15-16) in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs are averaging 2.83 goals per game (17 total) in those six contests while the opposition has averaged 2.00 goals an outing (12 total).  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 7-3 in the second period and have outshot the opposition by 53 total (194-141).  FSU has been successful on 25.0% (5-20) of its power-play chances while operating at 80.9% (17-21) efficiency in penalty-kill situations.  Sophomore center Matthew Kirzinger (2-2=4), Zach Redmond (2-2=4), and junior defenseman Derek Graham (1-3=4) have all produced a team-high tying four points apiece.  Pat Nagle sports a 3-0-1 record between the posts with a 1.23 goals-against average (five goals allowed) and a .947 saves percentage (90 saves) as a starter in all four of his appearances.

Alexander The Great: Sophomore right wing Eric Alexander (Kentwood) finished a productive series at Alaska (Feb. 5-6) with a combined three points (1-2=3), which included a two-point (1-1=2) effort in Sunday's (Feb. 6) finale.  The points output pushed Alexander's season total to nine points (4-5=9) in 24 games this campaign which is a career single-season high, eclipsing his seven points (3-4=7) in 23 encounters last season. 

Pat On The Back: Pat Nagle presently ranks tied for first place among the Bulldogs' career leaders in save percentage (.916) and is second in goals-against average (2.32).  The   netminder ranks third in victories (41), fifth in games played (92), minutes played (5,256) and saves (2,220) while being listed in a fifth-place tie for shutouts (five), and is sixth in winning percentage (.517).

Home Cookin': The Bulldogs have compiled a 7-4-3 record in home encounters this campaign while averaging 2.50 goals an outing (35 total) compared to the opposition's 2.29 goals per contest (32 total).  Individually, Zach Redmond's 10 points (5-5=10) in 11 outings leads the way while senior center Nate Hennig (Macomb) is second with nine points (5-4=9) in 14 contests.  Pat Nagle has garnered a 2.12 goals-against average (29 goals allowed) to go with a .918 saves percentage (324 saves) and turned in a 7-4-3 record as a 14-game starter within the friendly confines of home. 

Dusting Off The Stick: Senior defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) tallied a second-period lamplighter in Ferris State's 3-2 series-finale win at Alaska last Sunday (Feb. 6).  Wietecha's marker snapped a personal 32-game non-goal scoring streak in the process as the last time he produced a goal was last season (Jan. 9) in a 5-2 victory at Notre Dame.  The Bulldog blueliner netted one goal (1-10=11) in 21 outings a season ago before being sidelined the remainder of the campaign due to an injury.

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.

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.  

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.

2011 CCHA Championship Weekend: The 2011 CCHA Championship will be held March 18- 19 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.  The weekend event commences Thursday, March 17, with the annual CCHA Awards Show presented by RBC Financial Group at Fox Theatre from 7:30-9 p.m. (EST).  The semifinal contests get underway Friday, March 18, at 4:35 p.m. (EST) and 8:05 p.m. (EST), respectively.  The CCHA Championship Game is set for Saturday, March 19, at 7:35 p.m. (EST) preceeded by the CCHA Third-Place Game at 3:35 p.m. (EST).  Please click on this 2011 CCHA Championships link for more information. 

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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