at St. Lawrence (N.Y.) Saints
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 7-8) – 7:05 p.m./4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Appleton Arena - Canton, N.Y.
Live Game Statistics:
Radio Broadcast: Friday's game will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM. Saturday's game is not slated for radio broadcast due to the Detroit Tigers playoff run but will be available online. Visit this link to access the Bulldog Sports Network audio for both games: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal
http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=29 (Pay Per View)
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will officially drop the puck on the 2011-12 season and its 33rd season of NCAA Division I intercollegiate competition this weekend (Oct. 7-8) against the St. Lawrence Saints in a two-game non-league series at Canton, N.Y.
2011-12 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2011-12 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. The ticket office will also offer extended hours until 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday's throughout the season and be open on hockey home game Saturday's at 12 p.m. (ET). 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.
Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2011-12 FSU men's ice hockey home games through Stretch Internet for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at www. FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home contests and a free live audio stream available for all home and away games.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 0-0-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs posted a 5-0 exhibition win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues last Sunday (Oct. 2) afternoon at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU produced a 18-16-5 overall record in the 2010-11 campaign with a 12-12-4 CCHA regular season record.
St. Lawrence currently sports a 0-0-0 overall record this season and plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The Saints wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign at 13-22-5 overall and 6-15-1 in the ECAC. The Saints dropped a 5-2 exhibition decision to Carleton this past weekend. They are entering their 72nd season of intercollegiate competition.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 308-350-74 (.468) – (4-2-0 vs. St. Lawrence – 0-1-0 Away, 3-0-0 Home, and 1-1-0 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 crowing 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.
St. Lawrence: Joe Marsh (University of New Hampshire, 1977), 25th season, 436-361-60 (.547) – (2-4-0 vs. Ferris State – 1-0-0 Home, 0-3-0 Away, and 1-1-0 Neutral). Marsh has been with the Saints for 27 seasons and has earned four ECAC Coach of the Year Awards. He was the Spencer-Penrose Award as Division I Coach of the Year in 1989 and 2000. Marsh is currently taking an extended medical leave.
Scouting the Saints: The Saints' boast a talented sophomore class, which ranked among the top recruiting classes in the nation a year ago, and will be a key to their success in the upcoming season. The Saints also added six freshmen recruits to go with six returning juniors and seven returning seniors on a 28-man roster. Goaltending should be solid for the Saints, who have four netminders on the roster. Sophomore Matt Weninger played 28 games a year ago and was in the top ten in every goaltending category among ECAC goaltenders with 2.65 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and St. Lawrence will square off for the seventh and eighth times in a series which the Bulldogs lead 4-2-0 and originated in the 1993 season. FSU is 3-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road, and 1-1-0 in neutral sites versus the Saints. Last season (Oct. 15-16), the Bulldogs posted a pair of home wins over St. Lawrence by scores of 4-2 and 3-0, respectively.
CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was picked to finish ninth in the 2011-12 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 50 points. The Bulldogs received 425 points in the media poll to place tied for seventh 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.
Season Openers: FSU is presently 11-18-3 (.391) all time in season-opening encounters heading into Friday's opener at St. Lawrence. The Bulldogs skated to a 4-1 victory over Alabama-Huntsville in last season's opener (10/7) in Huntsville, Ala. That marks two consecutive season opening wins for the Bulldogs.
Road Openers: The Bulldogs are 10-19-3 (.359) in road openers dating back to the 1979-80 season, but have won five of their last 11 such outings to date. FSU claimed a 4-1 triumph at Alabama-Huntsville in its road-opening tilt last season (10/7) before the Chargers posted a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs in the series finale (10/8).
Co-Captains: Senior defensemen Chad Billins (Marysville) and Tommy Hill (Portage) will serve as the Bulldogs' team co-captains in the 2011-12 campaign. They are the 40th and 41st individuals in the program's history to sport the captain's 'C' on their jersey.
TV Exposure: Ferris State will be making a combined three national and regional appearances on television this upcoming 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs will make their TV debut on Comcast Television, which will showcase FSU on two occasions – at Michigan (10/27) and against Notre Dame at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids (2/11). FS Detroit (FSD) will feature the Ferris State at Western Michigan game (2/24). Ferris Television will televise multiple home outings in the first semester including: the Miami series (10-21-22), Lake Superior State (11/11), Western Michigan on two occasions (12/2, 2/25) and Notre Dame. The second semester scheduled is to be announced.
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.