Hockey Notes: #10 FSU at Bowling Green State
Weekly Notes Games 9-10: Ferris State Visits BGSU
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vs. Bowling Green State
Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4-5) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
BGSU Ice Arena
Bowling Green, Ohio
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Radio Broadcast: Both games will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM. 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 faceoff against the Bowling Green State Falcons this weekend (Nov. 4-5) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road series. The two-game series gets underway this Friday (Nov. 4) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, and will conclude on Saturday (Nov. 5). Both contests have 7:05 p.m. (EDT) slated start times.
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 presently 6-2-0 overall and 2-2-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. FSU is currently listed sixth in points among the CCHA schools after losing two games to Michigan this past week (Oct. 27-28). The losses marked the first of the 2011-12 campaign for the Bulldogs. Ferris State fell in a 5-2 decision on Thursday before being shutout 4-0 on Saturday. The shutout marked the first for the Bulldogs since November 13, 2010, when Lake Superior State did not allow FSU to get a goal in a road contest.
Bowling Green currently holds a 4-3-1 overall record and is 1-3-0 in conference play. Last weekend (Oct. 28-29), the Falcons were swept by Notre Dame in 3-1 and 3-2 decisions, respectively.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 314-352-74 (.476) – (28-19-6 vs. BGSU - 13-12-3 away, 15-7-3 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.
Bowling Green State – Chris Bergeron (Miami, 1993), 2nd season, 14-30-5 (.285) - (0-2-0 vs. Ferris State). After being named the Falcons' seventh head coach in program history on April 12, 2010, Bergeron doubled the team's 2009-10 win total in just one season. Bergeron spent seven years playing professionally after he graduated from Miami (Ohio), before joining the RedHawks coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2007. He helped collect a cumulative record of 226-139-37 overall for the squad.
Scouting the Falcons: BGSU is returning 17 letterwinners including 12 forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders. Two key forwards on the BGSU squad are freshman Ryan Carpenter, who leads the Falcons with eight points including three goals and three assists along with junior Camden Wojtala (8 GP 2-5=7). Defensemen to watch include juniors Bobby Shea and Ian Ruel. The Falcons have tallied 16 goals in the 2011-12 season and have outshot their opponents by a 229-194 count. Goaltender Andrew Hammond, a junior, has played in all eight contests and has a .922 save percentage with a 1.87 goals against average.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Bowling Green will face off for the 120th and 121st times this weekend as they have been playing against each other since the 1978 season. The Falcons hold the 52-47-20 advantage, with a 32-22-5 home edge. However, the Bulldogs are 5-1 in the past six outings, with their lone loss coming on February 14, 2009, by a 3-1 score. The Bulldogs have prevailed in 10 of the last 12 meetings to date, which includes a 5-2 road mark.
Top Ten: The Bulldogs are currently ranked 10th in two of the primary college hockey polls. Ferris State dropped from sixth to 10th in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) NCAA Division I poll with 500 votes. After being ranked seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week, the Bulldogs also fell to the number 10 spot with 174 votes. FSU also took a three spot dip with an 11th spot ranking in the Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) poll. Last week's sixth-place national ranking in the USCHO poll was the program's highest since also being ranked sixth on Jan. 11, 2010.
The Standings: Ferris State is currently tied for fifth in the country in team defense and is only allowing 1.75 goals per game. The Bulldogs are number three in the country behind Robert Morris and Yale on the penalty kill as FSU has killed off 34-of-37 penalties on the year, which is a 91.9 success rate.
No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 107-71-24 record (.581) at home since the 2000-01 campaign. FSU has reached double-figure home win totals in a season on four occasions, which includes 15 victories in the 2002-03 (15-4-1) and 2009-10 (15-3-2) campaigns.
Notable Player: Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) was listed on this week's (Oct. 31) CCHA Notable Performers list. Billins scored his first goal of the season and added an assist for a two-point night in the Bulldogs' 5-2 loss at Michigan on Thursday. Billins has notched a point in five Bulldog outings this season, including three two-point performances. He has averaged 1.0 points per game.
Co-Captains: Senior defensemen Chad Billins (Marysville) and Tommy Hill (Portage) are serving 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.
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.
TV Exposure: Ferris State will be making a combined three national and regional appearances on television this season. The Bulldogs made their TV debut on Comcast Television, which showcase FSU at Michigan last week (10/27). The network will also feature FSU's home matchup 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 (11/11-12), Western Michigan on two occasions (12/2, 2/25) and Notre Dame (Dec. 9). 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.