Game Notes: Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup
Thursday (Dec. 29) – 4 p.m. (EDT)
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt. (4,007)
Friday (Dec. 30) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
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Radio Broadcast: Both games will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and will be broadcast on Sunny 97.3 FM. Visit this link to access the Bulldog Sports Network audio for both games:
Vermont will offer a live video webcast for the tournament games:
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 11th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will be returning from the holiday break and back into action as they travel to Burlington, Vt., to compete in the University of Vermont's Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup Tournament. The Bulldogs will first take on RIT on Dec. 29th with a 4 p.m. (EDT) slated start. The following day (Dec. 30), Ferris State will take on the Vermont Catamounts in a contest that begins at 7:05 p.m. (EDT). Both games will be played at the Gutterson Fieldhouse.
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.
New Year's Special: The Ferris State Athletics department is offering $6 advanced tickets for the January 6 home game against Colgate. A limited number of the discounted tickets are available while supplies last. The offer is not valid on game day. The $6 price represents half of the gameday single reserve price of $12 and is a perfect stocking stuffer for Bulldog fans.
Military Appreciation Night: Ferris State University Athletics will hold "Military Appreciation Night" on January 7. Current and former military members and dependents of Delta Company will receive free admission along with special activities throughout the day. A skate with the team will take place after the game with free skate rental to military and their dependents along with concession vouchers for the military members.
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 11-6-1 overall and 7-6-1-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. Ferris State most recently (Dec. 9-10) split a league home and home series against Notre Dame with identical 4-1 scores in both tilts. The Bulldogs scored three even strength, one power-play and one short-handed goal in the weekend series. FSU walked away from the weekend with three points in the conference standings. Ohio State sits at the top spot in the conference with 32 points. Notre Dame and Western Michigan are tied at the number two spot with 27 points apiece. Lake Superior State is one point ahead of FSU at fourth place with 23 points.
RIT currently holds a 8-6-2 overall record and has a 7-4-2 record in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. The Tigers are 3-2 in their past five conference games. Their last game action came on Dec. 17 when they were shut out by Robert Morris in a 4-0 road loss. The squad currently sits at fourth in their conference standings.
Vermont holds a 3-12-1 overall record and is 1-9-1 in the Hockey East conference. The Catamounts are on a four-game losing streak, including three conference games. Their most recent game action was on Dec. 17 when they lost a non-conference tilt to St. Lawrence (N.Y.) by a 2-1 score. UVM will face off in an exhibition tilt on Dec. 27 as they take on the Russian All-Stars. The team currently sits at the bottom of the 10-team conference.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 319-356-75 (.476). 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.
RIT- Wayne WIlson (Bowling Green, 1984), 13th season, 242-119-35 (.670) – Wilson is midst his 13th season as head coach after leading the Tigers to their fourth Atlantic Hockey Association Regular-Season Championship in the last five seasons in 2010-11. Wilson earned the Spencer Penrose Award in the 2009-10 campaign. That same season the Tigers clinched a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament and made a historic run to the Frozen Four.
Vermont- Kevin Sneddon (Harvard University, 1992), 9th season, 133-139-47 (.480) – Sneddon is in his ninth year as the Catamounts head coach. He led the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008-09 and 2009-10. UVM made its second Frozen Four in school history in the 2008-09 season. Vermont posted its sixth-straight winning season in 2009-10 for the first time since moving to the Division I level in 1974-75.
RIT - Two Tigers have totaled 12 points this season. Sophomore forward Mike Colavecchia has five goals and seven assists, and senior forward Cameron Burt currently has four goals and eight assists on the season. The team has totaled 37 goals this season with their opponents recording 39 goals. Senior goaltender Shane Madolora has spent the most time in net with 11 games and totes a 7-3-1 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
Vermont- The Catamounts leading scorer is junior forward Sebastian Stalberg, who has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points on the season. Sophomore forward Connor Brickley, who is a Florida Panthers draft pick, has scored eight goals this season and has two helpers. Brickley will not participate in the tournament as he will be representing USA in the World Junior Championship. For the defense, senior defender Drew Mackenzie, who is a Buffalo Sabres draft pick, has four goals and assists for a total for eight points on the season. In between the pipes is senior Rob Madore, who has a 2-9-1 record with a .857 save percentage.
The All-Time Series: The Bulldogs will be in uncharted territory as they battle in the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup. Ferris State has never faced either team. RIT of the Atlantic Hockey conference stands at 8-6-2 overall mark. Vermont holds a 3-12-1 record and competes in Hockey East. The Catamounts have one exhibition tilt before hosting the tourney.
National Rankings: After splitting a home and home series with seventh-ranked Notre Dame, FSU dropped in each of the three college hockey polls. The Bulldogs are currently listed 11h nationally in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) with 508 votes. Ferris State is 12th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with 166 votes in the Dec. 19 poll. Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) has ranked the Bulldogs as the number 12 team in the nation.
Top Fifteen Goalies: Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Claire) is currently ranked fourth among NCAA Division I Goaltending Leaders and has compiled a 4-3-1 record. He has allowed only 14 goals with a 1.73 goals against average in eight games played. Motte has tallied two shutouts and has made 202 saves for a .935 save percentage. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is ranked eight in goaltending leaders, having a 7-3-0 record, with two shutouts. He has 19 goals against and has a 1.90 goals against average and boasts a .933 save percentage
The Defense: Ferris State is currently fourth in NCAA Division I Team Defense, averaging 1.94 goals per game. Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) leads the defense with 12 points on one goal and 11 assists. Senior Brett Wysopal has two goals and six assists from the blue line.
Ferris State is eighth in the nation on the penalty kill as the Bulldogs are 77-of-87 in short handed situations for a 88.5% success rate. The Bulldogs are fourth in penalty minutes. They have taken 133 penalties for a total of 351 minutes, averaging 19:50 minutes in the box each game.
Last Action: The Bulldogs' had a home-and-home conference series against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Ferris State earned three of six conference points in the Dec. 9-10 split. In the opening game of the series, the Bulldogs posted a 4-1 win at home in Big Rapids. Junior right wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) tallied an assist on the first goal of the game, a short-handed goal, and an assist on the game-winning goal for a three-point contest. Senior defenders Chad Billins (Marysville) and Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) each had two assists in the win. Senior Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) was in between the pipes as he made 28 saves.
In the concluding game of the series, played in South Bend, Ind., the Bulldogs suffered a 4-1 loss. Sophomore left wing Garrett Thompson (Traverse City) scored the lone goal, with freshmen Nate Milam (Westland) and Simon Denis (Burnaby, British Columbia) tallying the assists. Ferris State was 2-of-8 on the penalty kill.
Notable Performer: Junior forward Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) scored his second shorthanded goal of the season in a 4-1 win over Notre Dame (Dec. 9) and was named a CCHA notable performer by the conference.
No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 110-73-25 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.
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 a 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 showcased FSU at Michigan on Oct. 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 is tentatively slated to resume coverage once second semester classes begin on Jan. 9 and will carry the remaining home contests this season.
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.