December 3, 2010

#20th Ranked Ferris State and Michigan State Renew Acquaintances This Weekend

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Following an impressive showing against Michigan State last week, the nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team is hoping for a repeat performance as the Bulldogs renew acquaintances with the Spartans this weekend (Dec. 3-4) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked 18th in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com and 20th in the U.S. College Hockey Online.com's poll, host Michigan State this Friday (Dec. 3) in a 7:05 p.m. (EST) matchup at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  Tickets for the game are available by contacting the Ferris State Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or fans can order online thru Startickets at this link - http://www.startickets.com/event.php?event=1772.

The two in-state schools will then wrap up this weekend's action on Saturday (Dec. 4) as Ferris State visits Michigan State at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.  The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. (EST) for the CCHA contest which will be televised live by FS Detroit.  Fred Pletsch will call the action while Billy Jaffe provides game analysis.  Shannon Hogan will serve as the rinkside reporter. 

As is the case with CCHA LIVE, all CCHA games on FOX Sports Detroit this season will be televised in high definition (HD).  This Saturday's (Dec. 4) league contest between the Bulldogs and Spartans will be the network's first CCHA game at a campus site to be shown in HD.

Provider

Fox Sports Detroit

Fox Sports Detroit (HD)

AT&T U-Verse

Channel 737

Channel 1737

Ferris State Campus

Channel 25

 

Comcast Cable

Channels 30, 31, 32, 33

Channel 201

Charter Cable

Channel 33

Channel 791

Dish Network

Channel 430

Channel 430

DirecTV

Channel 663

Channel 663

WOW! (Wide Open West)

Channel 32

Channel 220

Following this Saturday's (Dec. 4) game, 'CCHA Live' will debut on FS Detroit at 9:30 p.m. (EST).  This postgame version of CCHA LIVE will provide interviews and highlights from the Ferris State-Michigan State game, update scores from around the league and get fans up to speed on all the latest happenings in the CCHA.  Mickey York will host the show and former Western Michigan player and coach Jim Culhane is the studio analyst.

Both of Ferris State's outings versus Michigan State this weekend will be broadcast on 1460 AM and 107.7 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the action and Dan Kowalski providing game analysis. 

Ferris State has currently posted a 7-5-3 overall record and is 4-4-3-2 (fifth place) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season.  The Bulldogs are coming off a convincing 3-0 victory at Michigan State last Tuesday (Nov. 23) in their lone action of the week.  The shutout decision represented Ferris State's first ever against the Spartans in their all-time series.  The Bulldogs are 5-1-3 at home, 2-4-0 on the road, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season.

The Bulldogs, who are coached by 19th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are presently third among the national leaders nationally in scoring defense (1.93 goals per game), seventh in combined specialty teams (55.9%) and tied for 10th in penalty-kill percentage (88.0%).  Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (7-4-3, 1.73 GAA, .932sv%), a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason Second-Team selection, currently ranks fifth nationally in goals-against average (1.73), seventh in save percentage (.932), and 24th in winning percentage (.607).  Senior defenseman and team captain Zach Redmond (4-5=9) is tops in points while senior center Nate Hennig (4-3=7) and junior defenseman Chad Billins (3-4=7) are both tied for second place.  Billins earned his second CCHA Defenseman of the Week Award of this season for his noteworthy performance in last Tuesday's (Nov. 23) win at Michigan State.      

Michigan State enters this weekend at 5-7-3 overall and 2-6-1-0 (10th place) in the CCHA to date this season.  The Spartans, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Rick Comley, suffered a 4-1 loss at nationally-ranked Wisconsin last Saturday (Nov. 27) in a College Hockey Showcase matchup after skating to a 5-2 victory at nationally-ranked Minnesota in last Friday's (Nov. 26) College Hockey Showcase tilt.  MSU has registered a 1-5-0 record on the road and is 4-2-3 at home this campaign.  The Spartans are 3-7-0 in their last 10 appearances, which includes a 1-4-0 mark in the last five outings.  Michigan State is led offensively by junior forward Brett Perlini (9-5=14) and sophomore defenseman Torey Krug (4-10=14), who are among four MSU skaters with double-digit points totals.  In net is junior Drew Palmisano (5-6-3, 2.59 GAA, .907sv%), a 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team selection.  MSU presently ranks 30th nationally in scoring defense (2.87) and is listed 38th in scoring offense (2.60).

Ferris State and Michigan State will square off for the 109th and 110th times this weekend as the Spartans have compiled a 66-27-15 all-time series advantage.  Thirteen of the last 17 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with Ferris State compiling a 2-8-3 mark in those outings.  The Bulldogs have accumulated a 5-9-5 all-time mark in December encounters consisting of a 1-5-3 record at home and a 4-4-2 ledger in away encounters.  

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