Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey program has secured commitments from five individuals who will join the Bulldog program for the 2013-14 season as part of this fall's recruiting class.
Ferris State, which has been ranked nationally for the last 33 consecutive weeks and reached the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four, has added five student-athletes who are all currently playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
The group of five additions includes Cedar Rapids' Gerald Mayhew (Wyandotte), Kyle Schempp (Saginaw) of Sioux Falls, Muskegon's Chad McDonald (Battle Creek), Seth Adams (Big Rapids) of Des Moines and Ryan Lowney (Redford) of Youngstown, who originally committed to FSU last year.
All five members of this year's class are Michigan natives, including Adams, who played prep hockey in town at Big Rapids High School. Mayhew, Schempp, McDonald and Adams are all forwards while Lowney is the lone defenseman in the class.
Their additions next fall will help offset the loss of four seniors from this year's team, including team captain Kyle Bonis. All four of FSU's seniors this current season are forwards in Bonis, Travis Ouellette, Eric Alexander and Matt Kirzinger.
"We're thrilled to add these five student-athletes and they will certainly help offset the loss of a talented senior class," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "The addition of these standouts is crucial as we prepare for our first season in the highly-competitive Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) next year."
Both Schempp and Adams join a list of former Traverse City North Stars players currently in the Bulldog program, including current FSU student-athletes such as Bonis, Garrett Thompson, CJ Motte, Travis White, Andy Huff and Zach Dorer.
"We've had outstanding success recruting past members of the North Stars' program and they've been a big reason why we've been so successful," said FSU Associate Head Coach Drew Famulak, who serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. "These five all possess important skills and have the ability to challenge for key roles in our lineup."
The Bulldogs currently hold a 7-4-3 overall mark this season and are riding a five-game unbeaten streak heading into this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road series at rival Western Michigan.
Ferris State is presently only three points out of first place in the CCHA and one of only four teams in the conference with six or more victories in league action this season, which marks the final year of CCHA competition. A year ago, the Bulldogs captured their second CCHA Regular-Season Championship prior to winning the NCAA Midwest Regional and reaching the Frozen Four.
Below are biographical sketches on this fall's recruiting class:
Gerald Mayhew - 5-8, 159, F - Wyandotte, Mich.
A native of Wyandotte, the 5-8, 159-pound Mayhew is midst his second season in the USHL with Cedar Rapids. He tallied 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 total points in 58 contests during the 2011-12 season. Presently, he has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 17 outings this season. Mayhew has notched eight power play goals and has recorded 43 points overall on 24 goals and 19 assists in 75 games at the USHL level.
Kyle Schempp - 6-1, 175, F - Saginaw, Mich.
A 6-1, 175-pound forward, Schempp is originally from Saginaw and presently playing in the USHL for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He has notched 15 total points on five goals and 10 assists in 21 outings in his initial USHL campaign. Previously, he played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Traverse City North Stars a year ago and netted 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in 59 outings while earning league All-Rookie Team recognition. Schempp also played 40 games with Compuware during 2010-11, scoring 21 goals and assisting on nine others.
Chad McDonald - 5-9, 165, F - Battle Creek, Mich.
The 5-9, 165-pound McDonald, who's from Battle Creek, is midst his first season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks after beginning his USHL career with Des Moines in 2011-12 where he totaled 18 points and 12 goals in 46 contests. He also skated in the NAHL for the Kalamazoo K-Wings last year and totaled 15 points in 12 games. McDonald had produced 11 points in eight games this season before being sidelined with an injury, but should return to the lineup in the near future.
Seth Adams - 6-3, 205, F - Big Rapids, Mich.
A Big Rapids native, the 6-3, 205-pound Adams has played in 20 games to date this season for the Des Moines Buccaneers and has five points on three goals and two assists along with 55 penalty minutes. Adams played in the NAHL for Traverse City a year ago and totaled 15 poitns on seven goals and eight assists in 45 regular-season games He finished with a +6 plus/minus rating and also totaled one goal in four playoff games. He was a two-time all-state selection under head coach Tim Blashill at Big Rapids High School prior to his junior hockey stint.
Ryan Lowney - 5-8, 160, D - Redford, Mich.
The 5-8, 160-pound defenseman is presently playing with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL. He came up thru the Compuware Youth Hockey program in the Detroit area and finished third in scoring among defensemen for Compuware during the 2010-11 season. A year ago, the Redford native totaled eight assists in 40 regular-season games along with four assists in six playoff contests for Youngstown a year ago. He's notched three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 20 games to date this season with both a power-play and a short handed goal.