Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will enter this weekend's first home series of the New Year ranked third in the nation in both major college hockey polls announced today (Jan. 6).
The Bulldogs dropped only one spot from second to third in both the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine National Polls released on Monday after falling to Colgate in the championship game of the prestigious Mariucci Classic over the weekend in Minneapolis.
FSU's previous number two national ranking represented the Bulldogs' highest placing in the poll since finishing second overall in the final 2011-12 USCHO.com Division I poll announced after FSU's historic appearance in the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.
Ferris State is listed right behind Minnesota and St. Cloud State in both national polls. Despite falling in a shootout to Colgate at the Mariucci Classic, the Gophers attained 42 first-place votes and 989 total points in leading the USCHO listing with St. Cloud State second with the remaining eight first-place votes and 922 total points. The Bulldogs picked up 876 points to remain in the top three overall.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine listing, Minnesota tallied all 34 first-place mentions and 510 total points while St. Cloud State had 454 points and the Bulldogs compiled 418 points.
Union and Boston College took the four and five spots in both polls with BC listed with the higher ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings and Union grabbing the fourth spot in the USCHO listing.
In addition to the top 10 rankings in both polls, the Bulldogs also are listed third in the national RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) and PairWise rankings, which help determine the NCAA field at the end of the year.
Ferris State is one of two WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 19th-ranked Lake Superior State. FSU is the lone WCHA member school found in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Minnesota State earning votes in both polls.
The USCHO.com Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey. FSU previously was ranked as high as number one in the country in the poll during the memorable 2011-12 season in which Ferris State eventually reached the NCAA Frozen Four and the national championship game.
The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll is conducted in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). 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.
Tickets are currently selling fast and limited availability remains as Ferris State returns to home ice this weekend (Jan. 10-11) to host the Michigan Tech Huskies in WCHA action. 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.
Currently, FSU's 15 wins are the most in the country and the Bulldogs also have one of the nation's best winning percentages and held the nation's longest unbeaten streak at 16 games prior to this past Saturday's setback to Colgate in the championship game of the Mariucci Classic. Ferris State is first in the WCHA standings with a 10-0-2 league record and has yet to drop a league game in its debut season in the conference.
As part of this weekend's series, fans will be treated to a special guest appearance from one of hockey's all-time greats. Former Detroit Red Wings' standout and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty will make a special appearance and be in attendance for the series' opener on Friday evening for a book signing and autograph session to promote his new book "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star".
In addition to McCarty's special appearance, the Bulldogs will also hold a special "Dawg Pound Appreciation Night" on Friday 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 and 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.
The ticket office resumed its normal operating hours following the holiday break today (Jan. 6) and is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET). In addition the box office will open on Saturday at noon.
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.
A complete pricing structure 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.