January 2, 2014

PREVIEW: #2 Bulldogs Set To Make Fifth Appearance In Mariucci Classic This Weekend

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns to action as the Bulldogs take part in the prestigious 23rd annual Mariucci Classic hosted by top-ranked Minnesota this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.

FSU will face the RPI Engineers in the opening game of the event on Friday (Jan. 3) at 5 p.m. (ET). Host Minnesota will face Colgate in Friday's other first-round matchup with the tournament's third-place and title games set for Saturday (Jan. 4).

Nationally top-ranked Minnesota will host the 23rd annual Mariucci Classic. No. 2 Ferris State, Colgate and RPI will join the Gophers for four games this weekend at Mariucci Arena. The action kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m. ET with Ferris State and RPI facing off followed by Minnesota and Colgate at 8 p.m. (FOX Sports North, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN).

Saturday's contests will see Colgate face off against either RPI or Ferris State at 5 p.m. ET followed by Minnesota against either RPI or Ferris State at 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN). Saturday's matchups depend on Friday's results. Both non-Minnesota games this weekend will be streamed on Gophersports.com through Gopher All-Access.


Both Ferris State games will also be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the play-by-play action. Pregame coverage begins a half-hour prior to puck drop. The online broadcast is accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. All links, including any potential live video along with live internet statistics, will be made available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics as they become available.

Ferris State owns a 14-2-3 overall mark to date this year and is first in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings with a 10-0-2 league record. The Bulldogs posted a 2-0 road win over Big Ten Conference foe Michigan State in their most recent contest prior to the break on Dec. 14 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in East Lansing, Mich.

RPI, which is guided by Bulldog alum Seth Appert, is 8-6-4 overall this season heading into the tournament. Meanwhile, Minnesota is the top-ranked team in the nation and owns a 12-2-2 mark to date while Colgate is 7-9-2 on the year entering the weekend. Along with the Golden Gophers and FSU as the top two teams in the land, RPI is also among other schools receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com Top 20 Poll.

Ferris State and Rensselaer will meet for the sixth-time ever on Friday. The Bulldogs own a current 3-1-1 mark to date in the all-time series against the Engineers. The two teams met last year in New York with the Engineers taking a 3-1 victory (10/12/12) followed by a 2-2 overtime tie the following night (10/13/12). Two years ago, in 2011-12, FSU posted a pair of wins over RPI at home with back-to-back 4-0 and 2-0 triumphs.

Ferris State's current 15-game unbeaten streak (12-0-3) is the nation's longest active streak this year. The Bulldogs' 14 wins to date are tied for the most in the country along with Quinnipiac (14-3-4) and FSU holds a current four-point lead over second place Minnesota State in the league standings. Ferris State's current .816 winning percentage (14-2-3) also ranks first in the nation to date.

Ferris State will be making its fifth Mariucci Classic appearance.  FSU captured the Mariucci Classic title in the 1992-93 campaign (Jan. 2-3) with victories over Minnesota (6-4) and St. Lawrence (4-1).  FSU would return to the Dodge Mariucci Classic in 2001-02 before reaching the title game in 2006-07 and later competing in the 2010-11 field.

Following the Mariucci Classic, Ferris State returns to home ice on Jan. 10-11 as the Bulldogs resume WCHA action and fans will be treated to a special guest appearance from one of hockey's all-time greats.

Former Detroit Red Wings' standout Darren McCarty will make a special appearance and be in attendance for the series' opener on Friday (Jan. 10) evening against the Michigan Tech Huskies for a book signing and autograph session to promote his new book "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star".

The puck is set to drop on both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:07 p.m. (ET) as the Bulldogs square off against the Huskies for the first time since 1995 as part of what many expect will be one of the top WCHA rivalries in years to come.

In addition to McCarty's special appearance, the Bulldogs will also hold a special "Dawg Pound Appreciation Night" on Friday, Jan. 10, that will include giveaways, a free postgame skate with Brutus, raffle prizes and more. The Ferris State University residence halls will be open for the weekend series.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as sellout crowds are expected for the Bulldogs' first home action since mid-November. A special "BOGO" or buy one, get one free offer is currently being offered for all full-priced $12 tickets with limited availability at this price.

Fans can purchase advance tickets for the Michigan Tech series and save over the normal gameday rates by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Bulldog fans can also purchase all regular-priced tickets in advance 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at StarTickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.

Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday's until 7 p.m. (ET). The ticket office hours will vary over the holiday break until normal hours resume on Jan. 6.

A complete pricing structure, holiday ticket office hours and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com and can be found by visiting the "tickets" tab. All promotional ticket offers are only available in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. For additional ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.

Visit the link below for complete game notes:
Complete Game Notes (PDF)  

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