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Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior captain Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) of the nationally 14th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team was recently chosen among 20 national candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey. The award is annually presented to a student-athlete who excels both on and off the ice.
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 – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Among the 20 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Final Four in April.
This year marks the third consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have had one of the 20 national candidates. Former team captains Chad Billins and Kyle Bonis each were among the final nominees and advanced to the finalist round of 10 in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively.
This season, Czarnowczan is the 43rd individual in the program's history to sport the captain's 'C' on his Bulldog jersey. His 10 total points to date this season currently ranks as Ferris State's second-best production and trails only the 11-point totals put up to date by forwards Garrett Thompson and Justin Buzzeo.
This year, Czarnowczan has a team-leading +6 efficiency rating on the ice and has four goals along with six assists. He's also blocked eight shots to date and scored a game-winner. Two of his goals have come on the power play.
As an assistant captain a year ago, Czarnowczan played in only 22 games while battling injuries. He finished with five points and was a co-recipient of the FSU Blueline Club's Competitive Award.
In 2011-12, the Macomb natived helped lead the Bulldogs to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season title and the NCAA Frozen Four in his sophomore season. He placed seventh on the team with 21 points, which included two goals and 19 assists. Previously, he was the team's Rookie of the Year recipient as a freshman in 2010-11 when he scored 11 points in 35 outings his initial season.
Czarnowczan is the lone player from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) included on the list of 20 national candidates for the prestigious award.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com
The Bulldogs, who are currently in first place in the WCHA with a 7-2 overall record and perfect 4-0 league slate, host the Bowling Green Falcons in a two-game set this weekend at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The series gets underway on Friday (Nov. 15) night with the finale on Saturday (Nov. 16). Both games are set for 7:07 p.m. (ET) puck drops.
Bowling Green will enter the weekend series tied for second place in the league standings as the Falcons hold a 5-3-2 overall record and a 3-1-0 mark in league action. FSU holds a current two-point lead over BGSU atop the WCHA.
The Bulldogs are presently coming off back-to-back weekend sweeps of Alabama-Huntsville and Bemidji State in their first two weeks of WCHA action. FSU is ranked 14th this week in the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll along with 15th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. BGSU is among those teams receiving national votes in both polls.
This Friday is Ladies Appreciation Night with a limited number of tickets being sold for $6 in advance. A special "BOGO" offer or buy one ticket, get one free will be available for Saturday's series' finale against the Falcons while supplies last.
Single-game tickets for all FSU home contests this season are currently on sale and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling 1-800-585-3737 or purchased in person at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) along with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
Fans can save and avoid potential lines by purchasing tickets in advance. Additionally, the ticket office will remain open Friday night until 8 p.m. and open again on Saturday at 12 p.m. For more ticket information, fans can visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.
FSU Senior Captain Scott Czarnowczan A National Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
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