Weekly Notes Games 33-34: #8/9 Notre Dame at #20 Ferris State

Weekly Notes Games 33-34: #8/9 Notre Dame at #20 Ferris State

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This Week:
vs. #8/9 Notre Dame

Friday & Saturday (Feb. 18-19) - 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 & Saturday - Ferris Television (Tape Delayed)
  Radio Broadcast: Friday & Saturday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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The Opening Faceoff: Two nationally-ranked Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) teams with five-game unbeaten streaks will face off this weekend (Feb. 18-19) as the 20th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team hosts the eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Big Rapids, Mich.  The two-game CCHA set will represent the final 2010-11 regular-season home appearances for the Bulldogs, who are skating against the Fighting Irish for the first time this campaign.  

2010-11 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for this weekend's (Feb. 18-19) final two 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.  

Bulldog Hockey Reunion: The Continue The Ferris Hockey Legacy! reunion for past Bulldog players and coaches from 1979-89 will be held this Saturday (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.

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 16-12-4 overall and 11-10-3-2 (5th place--38 pts.) in the CCHA this season after registering a two-game non-league series sweep over Alabama-Huntsville this past weekend (Feb. 11-12) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs posted a 5-2 decision over the Chargers in last Friday's (Feb. 11) opener and then notched a 5-1 victory in Saturday's (Feb. 12) series finale to extend their current winning streak to five games.  Ferris State has cracked the top 20 in this week's (Feb. 14) U.S. College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) poll as the Bulldogs are listed 20th nationally.  The Bulldogs, who are 9-4-3 in home matchups this season, are among those teams receiving votes in this week's (Feb. 13) Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) poll.  Ferris State 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.  

Notre Dame is 18-9-5 overall with a 15-6-3-2 (1st place-50 pts.) CCHA mark this campaign after posting 2-1 and 5-1 victories over Bowling Green State last weekend (Feb. 11-12) at UND's Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind.  The Fighting Irish, who are midst a five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak and are 6-5-2 in away encounters this season, are ranked eighth nationally this week (Feb. 14) by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, ninth in the U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll, and 12th in Inside College Hockey.com's poll.  A season ago, Notre Dame finished 13-17-8 overall with a ninth-place 9-12-7-2 CCHA ledger (36 pts.).     

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 306-346-73 (.472) - (28-20-5 vs. Notre Dame -- 7-8-1 Home, 19-12-4 Away, and 2-0-0 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.

Notre Dame - Jeff Jackson (Michigan State, 1978), 6th season, 134-74-27 (.628); Career: 316-126-52 (.692) - (8-6-1 vs. Ferris State).  Jackson, who was named the 2007 Spencer Penrose Award recipient as the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, also was selected as the CCHA's Coach of the Year (1990-91, 2006-07).  He posted a 17-1-3 mark against Ferris State in his six seasons (1990-96) as head coach at Lake Superior State.  While at LSSU, Jackson led the Lakers to two national championship titles (1992 and 1994).  Following the 1995-96 season, he became the national coach and senior director of he newly-founded U.S. National Team Development Program.  Jackson would spend two seasons (2003-05) as an assistant coach with National Hockey League's (NHL) New York Islanders prior to taking the head coaching reins at Notre Dame in May 2005.

Scouting Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have 15 individuals with double-digit points, led by freshmen forwards T.J. Tynan (19-24=43) and Anders Lee (19-18=37).  Tynan ranks 10th nationally in points per game (1.34 ppg.) while Lee is tied for 29th place.  Both are tied for 15th place in goals per game (0.59 gpg.).  Sophomore goaltender Mike Johnson (14-7-4, 2.57 GAA, .904sv%) ranks 33rd in goals-against average and 50th in save percentage among the national leaders.  Nationally, Notre Dame is sixth in scoring offense (3.66 gpg.), 11th in scoring margin (0.94 gpg.), 17th in penalty-kill efficiency (84.2%), 25th in scoring defense (2.72 gpg.), 33rd in both power-play efficiency (2.72 gpg.) and combined special teams (49.3%), and 34th in penalty minutes (13.3 avg.).   

The All-Time Series: Ferris State has a 39-22-6 advantage over Notre Dame in the series which dates back to the 1981-82 season.  The Bulldogs are 13-10-2 at home, 24-12-4 on the road, and 2-0-0 at neutral sites versus the Fighting Irish.  Ferris State swept last season's (Jan. 9-10) series at Notre Dame by registering 5-2 and 4-2 victories.  FSU is 5-4-1 in its last 10 contests against Notre Dame.  The Bulldogs are averaging 2.20 goals per game (11 total) in the last five meetings while the Fighting Irish are scoring an average of 2.00 goals a contest (10 total).  Twelve of the last 19 outings have been decided by two goals or more with FSU generating a 6-6-0 mark (.500) in those encounters.  Ferris State has compiled a 7-10-1 all-time record in February matchups, which includes a 0-4-0 home mark.   

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 fourth among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.90), 10th in save percentage (.925), and 25th in winning percentage (.600) while Redmond is tied for 22nd place in game-winning goals (three). 

Senior Night 2011: The Bulldogs will pay tribute to their eight senior student-athletes prior to this Saturday's (Feb. 19) regular-season home finale against Notre Dame.  Forwards Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.), Mike Fillinger (Grand Ledge), Nate Hennig (Macomb), and Todd Pococke  (Saginaw), defenseman Zach Redmond and Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) along with goaltender Pat Nagle will be recognized in the annual pre-game ceremony.  The eight-member class have registered a combined 67-60-22 overall record, which includes a 45-45-18 league mark, during their respective Bulldog careers.

Pat On The Back: Goaltender Pat Nagle moved into second place among Ferris State's all-time winningest netminders with last Saturday's (Feb. 12) 5-1 triumph over Alabama-Huntsville, surpassing Rob Hughston (1981-84; 42-53-7 career record).  Nagle, who has posted a 43-53-7 career mark in 94 appearances, is now 20 victories shy of tying Mike Brown's (2001-04; 63-57-7) school-record 63 wins.  

Winning Streak: Ferris State's current five-game winning streak is the program's longest since a season ago when the 2009-10 squad reeled off six consecutive victories from Nov. 20 to Dec. 12.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 17-7 during their current winning string and are operating at 13.6% (3-22) efficiency on the power play and 91.7% (22-24) in penalty-kill efficiency.  Senior left wing Mike Embach (2-3=5), sophomore center-right wing Matthew Kirzinger (2-3=5), and sophomore right wing Eric Alexander (1-4=5) are Ferris State's top points leaders while Pat Nagle sports a 5-0-0 record with a 1.40 goals-against average (seven goals allowed) and a .945 saves percentage (120 saves) in the last five outings. 

CCHA Recognizes Wietecha: Senior Scott Wietecha has been tabbed as the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week (Feb. 14) as a result of his noteworthy performance in the Bulldogs' two-game non-league home series sweep of Alabama-Huntsville this last weekend (Feb. 11-12).  Wietecha produced a combined three points on a goal with two assists in the UAH series to go with a plus four efficiency rating.  Wietecha is the third Ferris State skater this season to claim CCHA Defenseman of the Week honors, joining Chad Billins (Oct. 11 and Nov. 29) and Zach Redmond (Jan. 10). 

Mike Check: Mike Fillinger has garnered at least a point in seven of his last 10 outings, which includes a current four-game points streak (2-2=4).  Fillinger's 12 points (7-5=12) in 28 games this season is one shy of equaling his 13 points (9-4=13) in 31 contests set in the 2007-08 campaign.

Scoring Leaders: Ferris State presently has 10 skaters with double-figure points totals this season, led by Zach Redmond's team-leading 20 points (7-13=20) in 26 appearances.  Those 10 individuals have combined to produce 67.7% (136-201) of the team's points production and 76.6% (59-77) of the Bulldogs' goal-scoring output this campaign.

Regular-Season Home Finales: The Bulldogs are 24-32-6 (.435) all-time in their final two regular-season home contests, which includes a 3-2-1 mark in their last six such outings.  A season ago, Ferris State went 1-0-1 in its final two regular-season home appearances with a 4-1 decision over 12th-ranked Michigan State (Feb. 19) and a 2-2 overtime tie versus Western Michigan (Feb. 26).  FSU sports a current 12-17-2 (.419) ledger all-time in its final regular-season home appearance.

Got Shorty: Mike Embach's national-leading four short-handed goals in 32 games this season is one shy of tying a program single-season record.  Embach, who netted two shorties in last Saturday's (Feb. 12) 5-1 triumph against Alabama-Huntsville, is midst a seven-way tie for fourth-place honors among the Bulldogs' single-season leaders.  The school mark of five short-handed lamplighters in a campaign is presently held by Tom Rudrud (1982-83), Rod Schluter (1988-89), and Rob Collins (2001-02). 

Close Encounters: Twenty four of Ferris State's 32 contests this season have been determined by two goals or less, including 22 of the team's last 28 outings.  The Bulldogs have produced a 10-10-4 mark (.500) in those 24 matchups. 

Productive Puck Stopper: Pat Nagle currently ranks fourth on Ferris State's all-time saves leaders chart with 2,261 career stops in 94 contests.  Nagle, who surpassed Vince Owen (1997-00; 2,229 career saves) for fourth place, is 395 saves away from tying Mike Williams (1986-89; 2,656 career stops) for third-place honors.  Nagle is among seven Bulldog netminders to record at least 2,000 career saves.

Home Cooking: The Bulldogs have registered a 9-4-3 record in home contests this campaign while averaging 2.81 goals an outing (45 total) to the opposition's 2.19 goals per contest (35 total).  Individually, Zach Redmond's 12 points (5-7=12) in 13 home games is tops on the team while senior left wing Mike Embach is second with 10 points (6-4=10) in 16 outings and senior center Nate Hennig (Macomb) has totaled a team third-best nine points (5-4=9) in 15 contests.  Pat Nagle has assembled a 2.04 goals-against average (32 goals allowed) to go with a .919 saves percentage (365 saves) while notching a 9-4-3 record as a 16-game starter within the friendly confines of home. 

Dominant RedZach Redmond presently ranks 37th place on Ferris State's all-time points leader list with 90 career points (22-68=90) and is listed tied for 24th place in assists.  The FSU blueliner is tied for seventh in goals among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen while ranking sixth in assists and seventh in points.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 103-69-24 record (.587) 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 9-4-3 (.656) record in home appearances this season.

Hockey Weekend Across America: The fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, will be held this weekend (Feb. 18-20) 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.