The 2010-11 regular-season finale series for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will take place this week (Feb. 24-25) at Ohio State with a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament First-Round bye up for grabs.
Each contest of the two-game CCHA set is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff from OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Both Ferris State and Ohio State are among six teams vying for the fourth and fifth-place positions in the final CCHA standings with regular-season action concluding this weekend (Feb. 25-26). The top five regular-season finishers all receive first-round byes while the remaining six will play a best-of-three series on March 4-6 at campus sites. The No. 6 seed will host No. 11 seed, the No. 7 seed hosts the No. 10 seed, and the No. 8 seed hosts the No. 9 seed. The winners will advance to the CCHA Quarterfinals slated for March 11-13 with another best-of-three series.
This weekend's home series will be broadcast live on the Bulldog Sports Network at 1460 AM and 107.7 FM as Dominic Hennig calls the action with Dan Kowalski providing game analysis. A live video webcast is also available for Bulldog fans at www.bigtennetwork.com and a live audio webcast via UStream. Fans can also follow twitter or facebook scoring updates.
Ferris State enters the regular-season finale series at Ohio State with a 16-14-4 overall record, which includes a sixth-place tying 11-12-3-2 CCHA mark. The Bulldogs, who have won five of their last seven outings, dropped a pair of league home contests (3-2 and 5-2) to nationally eighth-ranked Notre Dame this past weekend (Feb. 18-19) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU, under the direction of 19th-year head coach Bob Daniels, is listed among teams receiving votes in this week's (Feb. 21) U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll. Ferris State presently rank among the top defensive teams nationally as the Bulldogs are first in penalty-kill efficiency (88.8%) and are listed fourth in scoring defense (2.18 gpg.). Senior goaltender Pat Nagle (16-12-4, 2.00 GAA, .923sv%) is one of the nation's best at his position as the Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate is fourth in goals-against average (2.00 gpg.), 12th in saves percentage (.923), and tied for 29th in winning percentage (.562) among the national statistical leaders. Senior left wing Mike Embach, who ranks second in team scoring with 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists this season, has tallied a nation-leading five short-handed lamplighters this campaign.
Ohio State is 15-15-3 overall with a 10-13-3-2 (ninth place--35 pts.) in CCHA play after registering a 1-0-1 mark last weekend (Feb. 18-19) in a home league series against Lake Superior State at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes skated to a 1-1 overtime tie versus LSSU in last Friday's (Feb. 18) series opener with the Lakers prevailing 1-0 in a shootout. Ohio State posted a 5-2 decision over Lake Superior State in Saturday's (Feb. 19) rematch. The Buckeyes snapped a three-game non-winning string with Saturday's triumph and are 8-5-2 in home encounters this campaign. Senior forwards John Albert (12-22=34) and Sergio Somma (17-14=31) are tops among nine OSU skaters with double-digit points totals. Somma is tied for 32nd place nationally in goals per game (0.52) and 77th in points (0.94) while Albert ranks in a 53rd-place tie (1.03). Nationally, Ohio State is 13th in scoring defense (2.42 gpg.), 23rd in scoring margin (0.30 gpg.), tied for 24th in penalty-kill efficiency (82.7%), 30th in power-play efficiency (17.2%), 36th in scoring offense (2.73 gpg.), and 42nd in penalty minutes (12.6 avg.).
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