October 19, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 5-6: Ohio State at Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Friday & Saturday (Oct. 22-23) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

 Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Video 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 for both games.  Listen
TV Television: None. 
Video Live Video Webcast: America One   

The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will open Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend (Oct. 22-23) as the Bulldogs host the Ohio State Buckeyes in a two-game series at Big Rapids, Mich.  The two-game set represents the first two of four regular-season meetings between the two teams for 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.

International Night: This Friday's (Oct. 22) contest will feature an international flavor in being designated as International Night.  FSU's International Office will be assisting with greeting and welcoming fans at the door in different languages, give-aways including chocolate from around the world, t-shirts, and etc.  A cricket demonstration on the ice will be held at the first intermission and European chants along with "world cup" horns will be featured.  An international group will also attend a practice on Tuesday with Dominic Hennig as a guest speaker.  Information about various cultures and nationalities throughout the world will be available in the concourse.

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 improved to 3-1-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season with a two-game non-league series sweep of St. Lawrence last weekend (Oct. 15-16) at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs posted a 4-2 victory over the Saints in last Friday's (Oct. 15) opener before skating to a 3-0 triumph in Saturday's (Oct. 16) series finale.  Ferris State is listed among others receiving votes in both of this week's (Oct. 18) U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.  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.  

Ohio State is currently 1-2-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in CCHA play this season after suffering a 4-3 non-league loss to Robert Morris last Friday (Oct. 15) at OSU’s Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Buckeyes started out this season splitting a non-league road series against Quinnipiac (Oct. 8-9) in Hamden, Conn., losing 2-1 before prevailing 4-0 in the series finale.  Ohio State posted a 15-18-6 overall record with an eighth-place 10-12-6-(4) ledger in the CCHA.   

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 293-335-69 (.469) - (24-28-5 vs. Ohio State --17-10-3 Home, 7-17-2 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.

Ohio State: Mark Osiecki (Wisconsin, 1994), 1st season, 1-2-0 (.333) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State).  Osiecki was named Ohio State’s eighth head coach in April 2010 after spending the last six seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin as the program’s recruiting coordinator and defensive coach under UW head coach Mike Eaves.  He was a three-year lettterwinner as a defenseman at Wisconsin from 1987-90 and served as the Badgers’ assistant captain for the 1990 NCAA Championship team.  Osiecki, who was picked in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, played a total of six years in the NHL with Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Minnesota.

Scouting Ohio State: The Buckeyes, who return 17 letterwinners from last season’s team, are currently paced in scoring by senior forwards Sergio Somma (3-1=4) and John Albert (1-3=4) along with sophomore defenseman Devon Krogh (1-2=3).  Junior Cal Heeter (1-2-0, 2.04 GAA, .938sv%), who was tabbed the CCHA’s Goaltender of the Week two weeks ago (Oct.11) presently ranks 13th nationally in saves percentage (.938) and 18th in goals-against average (2.04).  Among the national leaders, Ohio State tied for seventh in scoring defense (2.00), tied for 15th in power play efficiency (22.2%), 16th in penalty-kill efficiency (84.6%), tied for 17th in scoring margin (0.67), 27th in penalty minutes (13.7), andtied for 28th in scoring offense (2.67).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Ohio State will meet for the 114th and 115th times this weekend as the Buckeyes have a 57-43-13 series lead.  FSU is 29-22-4 at home, 14-33-9 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites against Ohio State.  Ferris State posted a 2-1-1 mark in last season's matchups with the Buckeyes, winning 8-1 and 6-5 in overtime at home (Nov. 20-21).  FSU then dropped a 5-3 series-opening decision (Jan. 29) to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, but came back to force a 3-3 overtime tie and prevailed 2-1 in a four-round shootout (Jan. 30).  Eight of the last 12 meetings have been decided by two goals or more with Ferris State producing a 6-2-0 mark in those contests.  Ferris State is averaging 3.35 goals per game (378 total) in the series while Ohio State has averaged 3.65 goals an outing (413 total) for a 3.00 goals differential. FSU is 3-5-2 all-time in October encounters versus the Buckeyes, which includes a 3-2-0 home ledger. 

CCHA Recognizes Thompson: Freshman left wing Garrett Thompson (Traverse City) has been selected this week's (Oct. 18) CCHA Rookie of the Week as a result of helping Ferris State register a two-game non-league home sweep of St. Lawrence last weekend (Oct. 15-16).  Thompson turned in a three-point night with a goal and two assists in last Friday's (Oct. 15) 4-2 win over the Saints and finished with a plus three efficiency rating in the contest.  The selection of Thompson represents the second week in a row in which a Bulldog skater has received weekly conference acclaim, joining junior Chad Billins (Marysville) who earned CCHA Defenseman of the Week kudos the previous week (Oct. 11).  

Hot Stick: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig (Macomb) extended his current goal-scoring streak to three straight with a lamplighter in each game of the St. Lawrence series last weekend (Oct. 15-16).  Hennig's team-leading three goals this campaign in as many outings represents a career season best, eclipsing his one lamplighter apiece in 21 games last season and 12 appearances in the previous 2008-09 campaign.  Five of his 11 career points (5-6=11) in 38 contests have occurred on goals scored. 

Deuce Search: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) is two points shy of recording his 75th career point at Ferris State.  Redmond has compiled three points (2-1=3) in four appearances this campaign, which included the game-winning tally in Saturday's (Oct. 16) 3-0 decision over St. Lawrence.  To date, Redmond has registered 17 goals with 56 assists in 119 career contests to date. 

Pat On The Back: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) picked up his 30th career win in last Saturday's (Oct. 16) shutout versus St. Lawrence to move into a sixth-place tie on FSU's all-time victories leaders list.  Nagle, who has amassed a 30-28-6 mark in 67 career appearances to date, is currently tied with Mike Williams (1986-89) and Craig Lisko (1989-93) for sixth-place honors.  Nagle needs one more victory to gain a share of fifth place with Mitch O'Keefe (2005-07; 31 career wins).

Productive Move: Junior defenseman Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) has presently compiled a point in three of his four contests this season, which includes a current three-game points string with a combined three points (1-2=3).  In his previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) as a forward, Graham had 21 points with five goals and 16 assists in 56 contests. 

Did You Know?: The Bulldogs are 3-1-0 through their first four outings this season which is identical to last season's start (3-1-0) as FSU went on to notch a 21-13-6 overall record for the 2009-10 campaign.  Ferris State is averaging 3.20 goals per game (13 total) while the opposition has averaged 1.75 goals an outing (seven total) in this campaign's initial four contests.  A season ago, FSU also averaged 3.20 goals a contest (13 total) and held its opponent to 1.00 goals per game (four total) in the team's first four on-ice appearances.

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 96-65-21 record (.585) 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.   

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).  Fox Sports North is scheduled to air Ferris State's matchup versus Minnesota (1/1) at the Dodge Holiday 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.

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