NOTES THIS WEEK:
vs. Bowling Green State
Friday and Saturday (Feb. 17-18) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.
Live Game Statistics:
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 audio for both games:
Video Webcast: Both games will be streamed live on the Bulldog Sports Network by Ferris Television and available on a pay-per-view basis at the link below:
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally top-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will look to extend its 12-game unbeaten streak this weekend as the Bulldogs faceoff against the Bowling Green State Falcons in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series. The action gets underway this Friday (Feb. 17) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena before concluding on Saturday (Feb. 18) in Big Rapids. The two-game league set between the schools marks the second series between the two teams during the 2011-12 campaign. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. (ET).
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 and Thursday's throughout the remainder of the regular-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.
Ticket Special: FSU will help celebrate USA Hockey's "Hockey Weekend Across America" as the Bulldogs are offering a special BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) offer for all full-priced ($12) adult tickets. The offer is only available until Wednesday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m. and available while supplies last thru the FSU Ticket Office only. All tickets will be regular price beginning on Thursday morning.
Hockey Weekend Across America: The Bulldogs will honor a local Big Rapids Hockey Hero as part of the "Hockey Weekend Across America" celebration. The "Local Hockey Heroes" initiative awards individuals who go above and beyond to make the game of hockey great in Michigan.
Saturday's contest will also be played on this year's seventh annual "Warrior Hockey Day In Michigan", which is ran in conjunction with "Hockey Weekend Across America". Michigan has over 63,000 USA Hockey registered players, coaches, and officials — the second most of any state in the country.
Autograph Night: After Saturday's game, FSU senior forward Aaron Schmit, junior forward Kyle Bonis and sophomore goaltender Rob Granett will be available on the concourse to sign special autograph placards provided by the FSU Copy Center.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 20-8-4 overall and 15-6-4-(1) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. For the third week in a row, the Bulldogs own sole possession of first place in the CCHA with 47 points. Western Michigan is second in the league with 42 points with Michigan at third with 41 points, Last weekend (Feb. 10-11), the Bulldogs swept the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a two-game home-and-home series. In Friday night's contest in South Bend, the Bulldogs shutout ND by a score of 3-0. On Saturday, Ferris State skated to a 5-1 victory.
Bowling Green currently holds a 9-18-5 overall record and a 4-16-4 record in the CCHA. The Falcons currently sit it at the bottom of the conference with 19 points. This past weekend, the Falcons were swept by Northern Michigan. BGSU fell 4-2 on Friday before falling in a 2-0 decision on Saturday.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 328-357-78 (.429) . 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, 19-45-9 (.360) - (0-4-0 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 collected a cumulative record of 226-139-37 overall for the squad.
Bowling Green State: Freshman forward Ryan Carpenter leads the Falcons in points with an 8-12-20 scoring line. Sophomore forward Cam Wojtala is not far behind with 18 points that he has racked up on seven goals and 11 assists. Junior defenseman Bobby Shea leads the blueline scoring with seven points on three goals and four assists. Junior goalie Andrew Hammond has seen the most time in net. He has a 2.58 goals against average and totes a .898 save percentage.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Bowling Green will face off for the 122nd and 123rd times this weekend as they have been playing against each other since the 1978 season. The Falcons hold a slight 52-49-20 advantage with a 32-24-5 edge at home. However, the Bulldogs are 7-2-0 in the last eight outings, with their lone 3-1 loss in the stretch coming on Feb. 14, 2009. The Bulldogs have prevailed in 12 of the last 14 meetings to date, which includes a 7-2 road mark.
National Rankings: For the first time in program history, the Bulldogs are ranked as the number one team in the country by all three national polls. On Monday, the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO), USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and the Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) poll each announced Ferris State as their top team in the country.
Ferris State is only the 19th team to hold the top-ranked spot in the USCHO.com poll since its inception in the 1997-98 season and rose from sixth a week ago. It marks the highest-ranking ever for the Bulldog hockey program in the poll. The historic 2002-03 Bulldog hockey team, which registered a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark and the program's first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, earned a then program-best fourth place national ranking by USCHO late in that memorable season on March 10, 2003.
After being ranked fifth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week, the Bulldogs jumped to the number one spot with 20 first place votes. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll is conducted on a weekly basis in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world. The first-place ranking is the highest the Bulldogs have been in the poll in the program's history as the previous best of fourth also came in 2002-03.
FSU also rose seven spots in the Inside College Hockey.com poll this week. Inside College Hockey.com's Poll is generated through Inside College Hockey editors and staff. FSU was previously ranked second in the INCH poll in 2002-03.
PairWise Ranking: Ferris State is also currently on top of the PairWise Rankings. The PairWise ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I Tournament. Therefore, if the tournament were to start tomorrow, the Bulldogs would be the top-seeded team among the 16 selected teams that make the field.
The Goaltending: Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Claire) is currently ranked sixth among NCAA Division I Goaltending Leaders as he has compiled a 5-4-2 record. He has allowed only 22 goals, with a 1.97 goals against average, in 10 games played. Motte has tallied two shutouts and has made 277 saves for a 13th-ranked .926 save percentage. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) has compiled a 15-4-2 record and with three shutouts he is tied for ninth in the country. He has 46 goals against and has a 2.17 goals against average and boasts a .923 save percentage.
The Defense: Ferris State is currently tied for fourth in NCAA Division I Team Defense, allowing only 2.19 goals per game. Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) leads the defense and is second in scoring among the team with 25 points coming from seven goals and 18 assists. Sophomore Scott Czarnowczan has two goals and thirteen assists from the blueline.
Last Weekend: For the first time since the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs swept the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The eight goals scored on the weekend came from six different scorers.
In Friday's 3-0 shutout, Taylor Nelson had a 31-save performance for his third shutout of the year. Kyle Bonis tallied the first two Ferris State goals before adding an assist on the final goal of the game. It was his third outing this season in which he tallied three points.
Five different Ferris State skaters recorded goals in Saturday's 5-1 victory. Nate Milam, Chad Billins, Cory Kane, Derek Graham and Jordie Johnston all tallied goals. Billins had a multi-point game with the game-winning goal and an assist on Kane's goal. Kane tallied an assist on the first goal of the game before tallying his own goal.
Johnston tallied his 16th goal of the year on Saturday to keep him atop of the team's goal scorers.
Players of the Week: Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) was named the conference's Goaltender of the Week and junior forward Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) earned the Postgame Offensive Player of the Week honor as announced by the league office on Monday (Feb. 13).
Nelson stopped 31 shots on goal and earned a shutout in Friday's 3-0 win over the Fighting Irish in South Bend. In Saturday's contest at Big Rapids, Nelson turned away 27 shots as the Bulldogs won 5-1. Nelson was the backbone to the penalty-kill unit that went 9-for-10 on the weekend.
Bonis scored the first two Bulldog goals in Friday's 3-0 win and tallied an assist on the third goal of the game. He then went on to add the game-winning assist in Saturday's 5-1 victory. He finished the weekend with a plus-four efficiency rating.
All We Do Is Win: The Bulldogs are the first team in nation in the 2011-12 season to reach 20 wins. They also own the longest current unbeaten streak as they have went 12 games without a loss. They are 9-0-3 in the New Year.
The Bulldogs' 12-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest streak in program history. FSU had a school-best 15-game unbeaten streak (12-0-3) in the 1990-91 campaign while the historic 2002-03 squad won 12 consecutive games at one point.
Top Billin': In the last nine games, Chad Billins has tallied at least a point in each contest with three two-point performances. He has racked up six goals and six assists since his point-streak started on Jan. 14 against Alaska. In that time, he has scored four power-play goals and two game-winners. He has averaged 1.33 points per game in the span. Billins is tied for second in the conference in defensive scoring and power-play points.
No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 117-73-26 record (.541) at home since the 2000-01 campaign. Previous to this season, FSU had 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. Thus far this season, the Bulldogs have compiled a 13-1-2 record when playing at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
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 Finalist- Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been chosen as a finalist 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 10 finalists were narrowed down from a candidate pool of 20 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.
Hobey Baker: Senior goalie Taylor Nelson and senior defender Chad BIllins are both currently on a list of 77 college hockey players who are up for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award. Go to www.hobeybakeraward.com and vote for you Bulldogs to make it to the next phase!
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 earlier this season (10/27) and 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)
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.