Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will square off against Colgate for the third time this season in the championship game of the 23rd annual Mariucci Classic on Saturday (Jan. 4) in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Bulldogs, who stormed past RPI in a 6-2 victory in the opening game of the four-team tournament on Friday night, will be seeking their second-ever Mariucci Classic title. The championship contest is slated for a 5 p.m. (ET) start.
Unranked Colgate reached the title contest by topping host and nationally top-ranked Minnesota in a shootout late Friday night after the two teams had battled to a 2-2 overtime tie. The shootout victory by the Raiders prevented a potential matchup between the nation's top two ranked teams in Minnesota and FSU.
Saturday's title game will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the play-by-play action. The online broadcast is also accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
No television coverage will be available for the championship game, however it is slated to be streamed on a pay-per-view subscription basis on Gophersports.com through Gopher All-Access. All links, including live internet statistics, will be made available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Ferris State and Colgate split a pair of non-league games earlier this season to open the 2013-14 campaign in Hamilton, N.Y. The Bulldogs posted a 7-4 season-opening win in the series' opener on Oct. 5 before Colgate came back to earn the weekend split with a 1-0 triumph the following night (Oct. 6).
The Bulldogs improved to 15-2-3 overall mark to date this year with Friday's victory over RPI. The win pushed Ferris State's nation-leading unbeaten streak to 16 consecutive games (13-0-3) and ranks as the longest such streak in school history. The Bulldogs have not lost a game in more than two months since Oct. 18 of this season.
Currently, FSU's 15 wins are the most in the country and the Bulldogs also have the nation's best winning percentage in addition to the longest unbeaten streak. Ferris State is first in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings with a 10-0-2 league record and has yet to drop a league game in its debut season in the WCHA.
Ferris State, which is making its fifth-ever appearance in the Mariucci Classic, previously won the event in 1992-93 and also made appearances in one of the nation's most prestigious events in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2010-11.
Host Minnesota will face RPI in the consolation game on Saturday night following the title contest at 8 p.m. (ET).