Weekly Notes Games 3-4: Ferris State hosts Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Friday & Saturday (Oct. 14-15) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.
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Friday's game will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM. Saturday's game may or may not be 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:
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns home to host the RPI Engineers in their 2011-12 home-opening series this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. Opening faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) both nights.
Friday's Game Free to Students: Friday night's contest will be free to all currently enrolled Ferris State students who show a valid student identification card.
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 with a live audio stream for all home and away games.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 2-0-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs swept St. Lawrence (N.Y.) in non-league play last weekend by posting a 4-2 victory in Friday's contest (Oct. 7) and a 5-1 win in Saturday's (Oct. 8) series' finale at Canton, N.Y.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute currently sports a 1-1-0 overall record this season and plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). This past weekend, the Engineers had a series split with Minnesota State–Mankato. RPI dropped Friday's contest 1-0, but was victorious on Saturday by a score of 4-1.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 310-350-74 (.473) – (1-0-0 vs. RPI – 0-0-0 Away, 1-0-0 Home and 0-0-0 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.
RPI – Seth Appert (Ferris State , 1996), 6th season, 70-99-23 (.424) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State – 0-0-0 Home, 0-0-0 Away, and 0-0-0 Neutral). Appert has been with the Engineers since the 2006-07 season. Last season was Appert's most successful to date at RPI as he led the Engineers to 20-13-5 overall record, including an 11-9-2 mark in the ECAC. Appert has guided the Engineers to back-to-back titles in the Governor's Cup Tournament and has garnered points against six nationally-ranked opponents. Appert played under Coach Daniels as a goaltender at Ferris State and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1992-96.
Scouting the Engineers: Last season, the RPI Engineers made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years. However, the team lost two great talents in two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and All-American Chase Polacek and standout goaltender Allen York who bypassed his senior season to sign a professional contract. RPI returns 18 players from a squad that finished tied for fourth in the 2010-11 regular season, then earned an at-large NCAA berth despite not making it to the ECAC Tournament semifinals. The top returning scorer for RPI is defensemen Nick Bailen, whose 36 points (8-28) earned him All-ECAC and All-American second-team honors. The Engineers tote 11 returning forwards.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Rensselaer will square off for only the second and third time in a series which the Bulldogs lead 1-0-0. The lone contest was played on January 23, 1998, with the Bulldogs winning 3-2. FSU is 1-0-0 at home.
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.
CCHA Recognition: Ferris State University men's ice hockey junior forward Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) has been chosen as this week's (Oct. 10) Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Offensive Player Of The Week. Bonis registered a team-leading four points with three goals and an assist in Ferris State's season-opening series sweep at St. Lawrence (N.Y.) last weekend (Oct. 7-8). He netted his first goal of the season on an even-strength game-winning tally in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Saints. Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Clair) was tabbed as a notable player in the CCHA release. Motte stopped 16 of 17 shots in his collegiate debut in the 5-1 Bulldog victory Saturday night.
National Attention: Ferris State received 60 points in this week's USCHO.com Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll (Oct. 10). Boston College leads the poll with 973 points and 36 first place votes. Five CCHA teams made the top 20 poll: Notre Dame (2), Michigan (4), Miami (Ohio) (5) and Western Michigan (12). Northern Michigan, Alaska, Lake Superior, Michigan State and Ohio State all received votes as well, with Northern Michigan coming the closest to Ferris State at 29.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been chosen as a candidate for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in a recent announcement. 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 in early February 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 the finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
Home Openers: Ferris State is 14-16-2 (.452) in home-opening contests dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 5-9-0 mark in its last 13 openers. FSU swept the St. Lawrence Saints last season in its first home series' after skating to a 4-2 victory Friday evening and concluding the series with a 3-0 shutout.
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.