Weekly Notes Games 5-6: Ferris State hosts Miami (Ohio)
(Note: PDF of complete notes coming soon!)
vs. Miami (Ohio)
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 21-22) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.
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 will not be available on radio due to Ferris State Football coverage, but will be online. Visit this link to access the Bulldog Sports Network audio for both games: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will open 2011-12 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action this weekend (Oct. 21-22) against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) on both Friday and Saturday in Big Rapids.
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.
$50,000 Shot: One lucky fan will have a special opportunity to win $50,000 by scoring from the redline on Friday night in a promotion sponsored by Time 2 Travel.
Autograph Night: Select Saturday home games will feature a three-player autograph session that will take place at the end of the game on the concourse. Fans will receive a one of a kind autograph placard featuring the student-athletes scheduled to sign. This Saturday's contest against Miami (Ohio) will feature senior captain Tommy Hill, sophomore defender Scott Czarnowczan and junior forward Eric Alexander.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 4-0-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs swept the RPI Engineers this past weekend (Oct. 14-15) with two shutouts, posting a 4-0 victory in Friday's contest and a 2-0 win in the series finale on Saturday. Both games were played in front of a home crowd at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
Miami (Ohio) currently sports a 2-2-0 overall record this season and will also begin CCHA play this weekend. Last weekend, the Redhawks faced Colgate on the road where they split a two-game series. Miami won 4-3 on Friday (Oct. 14) night. In Saturday night's (Oct. 15) contest, the Redhawks fell 3-2 in overtime.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 312-350-74 (.474) – (17-29-10 vs. Miami (Ohio) – 10-13-4 Home, 7-14-6 Away, and 0-2-0 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.
Miami (Ohio) - Enrico Blasi (Miami (Ohio), 1994), 13th season, 264-171-46 (16-9-6 vs. Ferris State). He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 264-171-46 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school's first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history.
Scouting the RedHawks: Junior forward Reilly Smith is the leading returning goal-scorer in the nation entering 2011-12 after leading Miami with 28 goals as a sophomore, which tied for fourth nationally. Smith is also second among returning point-scorers after totaling 54 points a year ago, as only Minnesota Duluth's Jack Connolly (59 points in 2010-11), had more points than Smith among returning players. Smith tied for seventh in the country last year in points en route to earning First-Team All-CCHA and All-America honors from College Hockey News (Second Team) and Inside College Hockey (Third Team). The RedHawks return 16 letterwinners, and have added eight to their line-up, including six forwards and two defenseman.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Miami will square off for the 101st and 102nd times in a series which the RedHawks lead 44-40-16. The two CCHA teams are even at 20-20-9 when playing at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. However, the Redhawks hold the advantage playing in Oxford, Ohio, with Miami holding a 21-20-7 record.
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.
National Attention: After receiving 60 points in last week's USCHO.com Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll, the Bulldogs jumped to the 14th spot this week with 282 points. The Bulldogs are ranked 14th in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) NCAA Division I poll and listed 20th in the Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) poll. FSU also received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week (Oct. 16). The Bulldogs haven't been ranked since mid-February of 2010 when nationally-ranked Notre Dame swept FSU.
The Standings: A season ago, the Bulldogs had the top-ranked penalty kill in all of Division I men's ice hockey. This season, the Bulldogs remain strong at the number four spot. FSU is currently leading the team defense standings by only allowing an average of .75 goals per game.
Between the Pipes: Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Clair) leads the nation in save percentage with .977 in his 120 minutes of playing time. Motte has also earned a spot on the CCHA Notable Performers list for the second week in a row. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is ranked fifth nationally in the save percentage ranking. Motte and Nelson are currently ranked first and second in the CCHA in the GAA category and save percentage.
Talented Juniors: Junior forwards Travis Ouellette (Windsor, Ontario) and Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) have both started the season with an impressive five goals to date. Bonis has notched five goals, and one assist, including two game-winners and one power-play goal in his four games played thus far in the season. The two talented offensive players have combined for 10 of the Bulldogs' 15 goals. As sophomores, the duo totaled 17 goals in 39 games. Bonis and Ouellette are both currently tied for first among CCHA goal scoring leaders, sharing the top spot with Notre Dame forward Anders Lee.
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.
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.
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.