November 4, 2010

Weekly Notes Games 9-10: #1 Miami (Ohio) at Ferris State

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THIS WEEK:
vs. #1 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks

Friday & Saturday (Nov. 5-6) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena (2,493 capacity) - Big Rapids, Michigan

 Live Game Statistics: Friday & Saturday
Video Radio Broadcast: Friday and Saturday on Newsradio 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN with Dominic Hennig calling the action and Dan Kowalski providing color analysis.  Listen
TV Television: Friday - Ferris Television (Tape Delayed) 
Video Live Video Webcast: America One

The Opening Faceoff: The 2010-11 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will square off against the nationally top-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks this weekend (Nov. 5-6) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at Big Rapids, Mich.  The puck drops for both contests at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) in what marks the only 2010-11 regular-season meetings between the two teams.

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 (Nov. 5) series opener against Miami (Ohio) will be televised on a tape delay basis by Ferris Television and will feature upscaled different camera angles.

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 4-3-1 overall and 1-2-1-(1) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) to date this season after posting a 0-1-1 mark last weekend (Oct. 29-30) in a league home-and-home series versus nationally-ranked Michigan.  The Bulldogs claimed a 2-0 shootout decision over the Wolverines after the two teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie last Friday (Oct. 29).  Ferris State then suffered a 3-2 setback to Michigan in Saturday's (Oct. 30) series finale tilt at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The Bulldogs, who are 3-1-1 at home this campaign, are listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 1) U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll.  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.  Ferris State went on to make their first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Miami (Ohio) is 5-1-2 overall with a 3-0-1-(1) in CCHA play this season as a result of compiling a 1-0-1 record in a two-game league set versus Lake Superior State last weekend (Oct. 29-30) at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.  The RedHawks registered a 6-2 over the Lakers in last Friday's (Oct. 29) opener before winning 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday (Oct. 30) after the two teams skated to a 2-2 overtime deadlock.  Miami, which is 1-0-1 in away encounters this campaign to date, is ranked first nationally this week (Nov. 1) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO), USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and Inside College Hockey.com.  Miami finished 29-8-7 overall with a first-place 21-2-5-(2) conference ledger a season ago en route to making their second straight NCAA Frozen Four appearance (2009 and 2010).      

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 294-337-70 (.469) - (16-31-9 vs. Miami --9-13-3 Home, 7-13-6 Away, and 0-2-0 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.

Miami (Ohio) - Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 12th season, 244-160-42 (.594) - (16-8-5 vs. Ferris State).  Blasi, the program's all-time winningest coach, was the recipient of the 2006 Spencer Penrose Award as AHCA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year and is a four-time winner of the CCHA's Coach of the Year Award, which included the 2009-10 campaign.

Scouting Miami (Ohio): The RedHawks have three skaters with double-digit points, led by senior forwards Carter Camper (9-13=22) and Andy Miele (4-13=17) along with sophomore forward Reilly Smith (7-4=11).  Camper ranks third nationally in points (2.75 ppg) and fourth in goals (1.12 gpg.) while Miele is fifth in points (2.12 ppg.). Cody Reichard (4-0-0, 2.11 GAA, .906sv%) and Connor Knapp (1-1-2, 2.39 GAA, .893sv%), a pair of juniors, are MU’s primary goaltenders.  Reichard, a 2009-10 Second-Team All-America and All-CCHA First-Team selection, was tabbed the 2009-10 CCHA Player of the Year and also received the league's Best Goaltender Award a season ago.  Nationally, the RedHawks are currently third in scoring offense (4.62 gpg.) and tied for 12th in scoring defense (2.25 gpg.).

The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Miami will faceoff for the 99th and 100th times with the RedHawks holding a 44-39-15 advantage.  The Bulldogs are 19-20-8 at home, 20-21-7 on the road, and 0-3-0 at neutral sites versus the RedHawks. The two teams squared off four times during the 2009-10 regular season, starting Nov. 13-14 in a two-game set at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.  FSU and MU skated to a 2-2 overtime deadlock in the opener (Nov. 13) prior to the Bulldogs posting a 1-0 shootout decision.  In the series finale (Nov. 14), the teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie before FSU claimed a 2-1 decision in a league-record 22-skater shootout.  Ferris State would suffer a pair of losses to the RedHawks later in the season (Jan. 15-16) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, losing 4-0 and 5-4 decisions.  The Bulldogs then came out on the short end of a 2-1 contest in the third-place game (March 20) of the 2009 CCHA Championships at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.  Twenty-eight of the last 32 meetings have been determined by two goals or less and 15 of the last 23 encounters by one goal or less.  Ferris State has compiled a 10-5-5 record all-time in November contests, which includes a 4-2-2 home ledger.   

Point Streak: Senior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) extended his current points streak to five games with an assist in last Saturday's (Oct. 30) 3-2 league setback at nationally-ranked Michigan.  The Bulldog team captain has presently accumulated a combined six points (3-3=6) in the five-game span while tallying at least a point in six of the Bulldogs' eight contests to date this season.  

Productive Newcomer: Freshman left wing Andy Huff (Howell) has produced a point in four of his six appearances this season, which includes a point each in last weekend's (Oct. 29-30) two-game home-and-home series versus Michigan.  Huff tallied his first collegiate lamplighter in Saturday's (Oct. 30) series finale at Michigan after picking up an assist in Friday's (Oct. 29) opener on the Bulldogs' ice. 

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 31-30-7 career mark between the posts to date, which includes a 4-2-1 record this season in seven appearances.

On Home Ice: The Bulldogs are averaging 2.80 goals per game (14 total) in their five home contests while the opposition has averaged 2.00 goals an outing (10 total).  Ferris State has been outshot by a 136-134 margin while the Bulldogs are operating at 16.7% (4-24) efficiency on the power play and 88.5% (23-26) in penalty killing.

Goal Scorers: FSU's top three goal scorers this season - Zach Redmond (4-4=8), senior center Nate Hennig (4-1=5), and sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis (3-1=4) have combined to generate 50.0% (11-22) of the team's lamplighters to date.  A total of 12 Ferris State skaters have netted at least a goal this 2010-11 campaign. 

Moving Up The Chart: Zach Redmond moved into a tie for eighth place among Ferris State's all-time defensemen in points this past weekend (Oct. 29-30) and is currently tied with Matt York (2001-05).  Redmond, who has registered 78 career points (19-59=78) in 123 contests, is also tied with Matt York for 45th place on the Bulldogs' all-time career points leaders chart.

Offensive Blueliners: Ferris State's eight defensemen have combined to account for 35.6% (21-59) of the team's total points production and 31.8% (7-22) of the squad's goal scoring through the squad's initial eight outings.  Zach Redmond (4-4=8) and junior Chad Billins (2-4=6) presently rank as the top two Bulldog points leaders. 

Did You Know?: Pat Nagle earned the seventh assist of his career with a helper on Ferris State's second goal in last Friday's (Oct. 29) 2-2 overtime tie versus Michigan at Big Rapids.  Nagle, who chalked up a career season-best three assists in 26 games a season ago, has amassed seven helpers in 71 career appearances to date.

Warm Spell: Kyle Bonis has recorded a point in three of his last four outings to date and three of his four points on the season have been lamplighters, including a second-period marker in last Saturday's (Oct. 30) tilt at Michigan.  Bonis' four points (3-1=4) in seven games this campaign are two shy of equalling his 2009-10 season output of six points (2-4=6) in 23 contests.

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 97-66-22 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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