The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will be skating in its third Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) game in five days as the Bulldogs visit the Michigan State Spartans this Tuesday (Nov. 23) evening at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The puck will drop at 7:08 p.m. (EST) for contest which represents the first of three straight appearances for the Bulldogs against the Spartans over the next two weeks.
This Tuesday's (Nov. 23) contest will be broadcast on 1460 AM and 107.7 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action and Dan Kowalski providing game analysis. The game is also being aired live by Comcast Television and is available on selected cable systems throughout the state on channel 900. Matt Shepard will call the action with Lyle Phair serving as the color analyst. Rob Otto is the rinkside reporter.
Ferris State is presently 6-5-3 overall and 3-4-3-2 (sixth place) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. FSU is ranked 19th in the nation this week (Nov. 21) by Inside College Hockey.com and is listed 20th in U.S. College Hockey Online.com's poll. The Bulldogs posted a 1-0-1 mark this past weekend (Nov. 19-20) in a two-game league home series against nationally-ranked Western Michigan at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs are currently 1-4-0 on the road, 5-1-3 at home, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season.
The Bulldogs, who are coached by 19th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are presently sixth nationally in scoring defense (2.07 goals per game) and 13th in penalty-kill percentage (87.3%). Senior goaltender Pat Nagle, a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, currently ranks ninth among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.86), 13th in save percentage (.930), and 26th in winning percentage (.577). Offensively, senior defenseman and team captain Zach Redmond (4-5=9) leads the way in scoring while senior center Nate Hennig (4-3=7) along with junior defenseman Chad Billins (2-4=6) and sophomore left wing Kyle Bonis (4-2=6) are also among the squad's top points getters.
Michigan State is 4-5-3 overall and 2-5-1-0 (ninth place) in the CCHA to date this season after suffering a pair of league road losses (6-2 and 4-2) to nationally-ranked Notre Dame last weekend (Nov. 19-20) at UND's Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. The Spartans, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Rick Comley, are listed among others receiving votes in this week's (Nov. 22) U.S. College Hockey Online.compoll. MSU, which is 1-5-0 in its last six outings, has compiled a 4-1-3 home record this campaign. The Spartans are led in scoring by junior forward Brett Perlini (8-5=13) while junior Drew Palmisano (4-4-3, 2.57 GAA, .907sv%), a second-team All-CCHA selection last season, is the primary goaltender. MSU presently ranks 23rd nationally in power-play efficiency (18.3%), 28th in scoring defense (2.83), 29th in scoring margin (-0.08), and tied for 31st in scoring offense (2.75).
The two in-state schools will be meeting for the 108th time this Tuesday evening with Michigan State having a 66-26-15 lead over the Bulldogs in the all-time series. Thirteen of the last 16 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with Ferris State compiling a 2-8-3 mark in those outings. The Bulldogs are 5-8-5 all-time in November encounters, which includes a 2-2-0 road ledger.
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