October 26, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 7-8: Michigan vs. Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. #4 Michigan Wolverines

Friday (Oct. 29) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan
Saturday (Oct. 30) - 7:38 p.m. (EDT)
Yost Ice Arena (6,637 capacity) - Ann Arbor, Michigan 

 Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Video Radio Broadcast: Friday on Newsradio 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN and Saturday on Big Country WWBR 100.9 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action for both games.  Listen
TV Television: Friday - Ferris Television (Tape Delayed) and Saturday - Comcast Television (channel 900). 
Video Live Video Webcast: America One (Friday Game Only)  

The Opening Faceoff: The 2010-11 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will faceoff against the nationally-ranked Michigan Wolverines this weekend (Oct. 29-30) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series.  The two-game in-state series gets underway this Friday (Oct. 29) in Big Rapids, Mich., before concluding on Saturday (Oct. 30) at Ann Arbor, Mich.  The home-and-home series will represent the first two of four regular-season meetings between the two teams this 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.

On TV: This Friday's (Oct. 29) weekend series opener at Ferris State will be televised on a tape delay basis by Ferris Television and will feature upscaled different camera angles.  This Saturday's (Oct. 30) series finale at Michigan will be televised live by Comcast Television and is available on selected cable systems throughout the state on channel 900.  Fred Pletsch will serve as the play-by-play announcer with Sean Ritchlin providing color commentary.  Art Regner will be the rinkside reporter.

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 4-2-0 overall and 1-1-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) to date this season after splitting a league-opening home series last weekend (Oct. 22-23) versus the Ohio State Buckeyes at Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs skated to a 2-1 victory over the Buckeyes in last Friday's (Oct. 22) opener before falling 5-3 to OSU in Saturday's (Oct. 23) series finale.  Ferris State is listed among others receiving votes in both of this week's (Oct. 25) 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.  

Michigan improved to 3-1-2 overall and is presently 2-0-0-(0) in CCHA play this season following a non-league series split versus nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha this past weekend (Oct. 22-23) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The Wolverines dropped a 4-2 series-opening decision to the Mavericks in last Friday (Oct. 22) before claiming a 6-1 win in Saturday's (Oct. 23) rematch.  UM, which is 1-1-1 at home this campaign to date, is ranked fourth nationally this week (Oct. 25) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO), USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and Inside College Hockey.com.  Last season, Michigan compiled a 26-18-1 overall record with a seventh-place 14-13-1-0 CCHA mark and made the program's 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.      

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 294-336-69 (.469) - (12-36-2 vs. Michigan --8-12-1 Home, 4-22-0 Away, and 0-2-1 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.

Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 27th season, 702-329-71 (.670) - (58-23-2 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM's all-time winningest coach and currently ranks seventh on college hockey's coaching wins list.  Berenson is one of five head coaches in college hockey history to compile 600 wins.  He's a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year.  Berenson played in the National Hockey League for 17 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues and scored at least 20 goals in seven NHL seasons.

Scouting Michigan: Senior forwards Louie Caporusso (2-6=8) and Carl Hagelin (2-4=6) lead UM in scoring.  A pair of seniors, Shawn Hunwick (1-1-2, 2.89 GAA, .907sv%) and Bryan Hogan (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .944sv%) are the Wolverines’ top goaltenders.  Nationally, Michigan is currently ranked second in penalty minutes (23.2), tied for fourth in power-play efficiency (28.6%), tied 12th in scoring offense (3.83 gpg.), 13th in scoring margin (1.33), 15th in penalty-kill efficiency (84.6%), and 18th in scoring defense (2.50 gpg.).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series against Michigan this weekend will represent the 94th and 95th meetings between the two teams with the Wolverines having a 62-28-3 lead.  The Bulldogs are 18-23-2 at home, 10-37-0 on the road, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites against Michigan.  The two teams split last season's (1/22-23) home-and-home series as Michigan claimed a 2-0 home victory over the Bulldogs in the opener (1/22) before falling 3-2 to Ferris State in the series finale (1/23) at Big Rapids.  UM is 10-3-1 in the last 14 contests against Ferris State, which includes a 3-2-0 mark in the past five matchups.  The Bulldogs are averaging 1.60 goals an outing (eight total) in the last five meetings while the Wolverines are scoring at a 3.40 goals (17 total) per game clip.  FSU is 4-6-0 all-time in October encounters - 4-3-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road.  

Milestone Reached: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) surpassed the 75th career points plateau with a second-period lamplighter against Ohio State last Saturday (Oct. 23) and finished the CCHA tilt with his second multiple-point game performance of this season.  Redmond, who picked up an assist on the contest's initial goal, has accumulated 76 career points (18-58=76) in 121 outings to rank 10th among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen in points.  He presently trails Ron Andrzejewski (1976-80; 77 career points) by one point to tie for ninth place on the program's all-time top scoring blueliners list. 

Almost There: Senior center-left wing Nate Hennig's (Macomb) five points in as many games this season is just one shy of equalling his career single-season best six points (1-5=6) in 21 games a season ago.  Hennig netted a lamplighter in four straight contests (Oct. 8-22) this month before having his goal-scoring string snapped against Ohio State last Saturday (Oct. 23).  Four (3-1=4) of Hennig's five points this campaign have occurred in the second period. 

Pat On The Back: Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) currently ranks tied for fifth place among Ferris State's all-time netminders with 31 career victories and is one shy of moving into a fourth-place tie with Dave Swierpel (1975-76; 32-10-1 career record).  Nagle has registered a 31-29-6 career mark between the posts to date, which includes a 4-1-0 record this season in five appearances.

Did You Know?: Pat Nagle surpassed current Western Michigan head coach Jeff Blashill (1994-97; 1,666 career saves) on FSU's all-time career saves leaders list this past weekend (Oct. 22-23) versus Ohio State.  Nagle, who accumulated a combined 51 stops in the two-game home set, has now chalked up 1,675 saves to date in 69 career outings.  He trails Pat Mazzoli (1990-92; 1,780 career saves) by 105 stops for eighth-place honors. 

Productive Span: Sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) has netted two goals (2-1=3) in five contests this season which matches his career season high.  A season ago in 23 outings, Bonis tallied two lamplighters and concluded the campaign with six points (2-4=6).

Home-and-Away: The Bulldogs are averaging 3.00 goals per game (12 total) in their four home contests while the opposition has averaged 2.00 goals an outing (eight total).  On the road, Ferris State is scoring at a 3.00 goals a game clip (six total) and its opponent is averaging 2.50 goals per encounter (five total).   

A Helping Hand: Zach Redmond's 58 career assists presently represents a tie for 36th place on FSU's all-time assists leaders chart.  The 2010-11 Bulldog captain is currently tied with Darin Fridgen (1984-87; 58 career assists) and Troy Milam (1999-02; 58 career assists).  Redmond is one helper away from tying Keith Sergott's (1992-95) 35th-place 59 career assists total.

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 97-66-21 record (.584) 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.  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).  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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