PREVIEW: Bulldog Hockey Visits Michigan Tech This Weekend For WCHA Series
UP NEXT IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:
at Michigan Tech
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 24-25 – 7:07 p.m. (ET)
MacInnes Student Ice Arena - Houghton, Mich.
|Friday||7:07 ET||Ferris TV 22/97 (Live)||97.3 FM|
|Saturday||7:07 ET||Ferris TV 22/97 (Live)||97.3 FM|
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The Opening Faceoff: The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns to the road this weekend as the Bulldogs continue Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) action with a two-game league set against the Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Mich. Both games get underway at 7:07 p.m. (ET). FSU is currently in first place in the WCHA standings with 26 league points.
Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig and Dan Kowalski 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 live video along with live internet statistics, will be available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.
Broadcast Coverage: A live HD video and audio pay-per-view webcast will be made available for all 2013-14 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season league games along with non-league home matchups thru a new conference agreement with WCHATV & America One. Links will be available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Ferris Television Coverage: Both of this weekend's games will also be carried live locally via Ferris Television and Charter Cable. The broadcast can be found on Channel 22 on the FSU campus or across Mecosta County on Channel 97.
The Records: Ferris State owns a 17-5-3 overall mark to date this year and is first in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings with a 12-2-2 league record. The Bulldogs dropped games on back-to-back nights for the first time this year last weekend on the road at Minnesota State. The Mavericks took the opener 6-2 in Mankato on Friday (Jan. 17) and then pulled out a 4-3 triumph on Saturday (Jan. 18).
Michigan Tech is 7-13-6 overall on the season and owns a 5-7-4 mark in WCHA action heading into the weekend series. The Huskies are tied for seventh place in league play with 14 conference points and have dropped four of their last five outings to date. MTU was idle last weekend (Jan. 17-18).
Michigan Tech's last action came against Ferris State two weeks ago (Jan. 10-11) before back-to-back sellout crowds at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs resumed WCHA play in the New Year by sweeping MTU in a pair of one-goal games. Ferris State won the opener 1-0 on Friday night before topping the Huskies 3-2 on Saturday in the finale.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 22nd season, 367-383-87 (.491) – (3-1-0 vs. Michigan Tech – 2-1-0 Home, 1-0-0 away and 0-0-0 neutral). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the Spencer Penrose Award winner as the American Collegiate Hockey Association's (ACHA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2012 in addition to claiming CCHA Coach of the Year honors both times. He was among three finalists for both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Awards. Daniels led the Bulldogs to their first-ever appearance at the Frozen Four and second-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title two years ago.
Michigan Tech - Mel Pearson (Michigan Tech, 1981), 3rd season – (0-2-0 vs. Ferris State – 0-0-0 Home, 0-2-0 Away, and 0-0-0 Neutral). Now in his third season at the Michigan Tech helm, Mel Pearson earned WCHA Coach of the Year honors in 2011-12 after guiding the Huskies to their second-best two-season stretch in the last 18 years with 29 wins. A year ago, he led MTU to the GLI Championship following a WCHA Final Five appearance two years ago. A former Michigan Tech player and assistant coach, he spent 23 years as an assistant coach at Michigan before returning to Houghton.
Series History: The Bulldogs hold a 7-8-1 all-time record against Michigan Tech heading into this weekend and posted a 4-3 overtime win in the last meeting in Houghton on Oct. 20, 1995, at the Mackinac Cup Series. Overall, Ferris State is 6-3 at home and 1-5-1 on the road against MTU in series' history ...... Prior to this year, the two teams had not played a weekend two-game series against each other since Jan. 27-28, 1985, when Ferris State won 7-4 and 5-2 inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Earlier the same season, the Huskies swept FSU on Nov. 18-19, 1983, in Houghton by scores of 7-5 and 7-1 ..... The two teams also played four times in the 1982-83 campaign with Ferris State winning the first matchup 5-3 in Big Rapids (Dec. 17) before the Huskies responded by winning the final three meetings with a 4-1 win the following night (Dec. 18) combined with a sweep in Houghton later in the year by scores of 4-2 and 8-0 (Feb. 4-5).
Among Nation Leaders: Currently, FSU's 17 wins are second in the country behind Quinnipiac's 18 victories and the Bulldogs also have the nation's fifth-best winning percentage (.840). Ferris State held the nation's longest unbeaten streak earlier this year at 16 games (13-0-3) prior to its setback to Colgate in the championship game of the Mariucci Classic (Jan. 4). Ferris State is first in the WCHA standings with a 12-2-2 league record and hadn't dropped a league game in its debut season in the conference prior to last weekend's two setbacks at Minnesota State.
National Rankings: Ferris State moved to sixth nationally this week in the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Polls. The Bulldogs have been ranked as high as second in the nation a couple times this season, including a week ago before the Minnesota State series. Ferris State was ranked for 37 consecutive weeks dating between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons at one stretch and was ranked first in the nation during the memorable 2011-12 season. The number two national ranking this year 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.
Last Time vs. MTU: Ferris State wrapped up a weekend home sweep of visiting Michigan Tech in WCHA action two weeks ago as the Bulldogs skated to a 3-2 triumph on Saturday (Jan. 11) evening before a sellout crowd of 2,529 fans inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Ferris State scored the first two goals of the night and received a 44-save performance in net from junior goaltender CJ Motte in topping the Huskies to remain unbeaten in WCHA play. The Bulldogs resumed WCHA play and opened the weekend series by beating the Huskies 1-0 on Friday night before a sellout crowd in the first contest between the two teams since 1995. Senior forward Garrett Thompson scored on a slapshot 8:25 into the third period to break the scoreless tie and account for the only goal of the night in the opener. The Friday win came in FSU's first home game since Nov. 23 and the victory also took place in the squad's first league tilt since early December. Motte registered his third shutout victory of the campaign in the win.
Vote For Hobey Baker Award: Voting is currently underway to help determine the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner and Bulldog fans can cast their vote for FSU goaltender CJ Motte and senior forward Garrett Thompson. The annual award is given to college hockey's top player and fan balloting takes place online at www.hobeybakeraward.com. The first phase of fan balloting runs through March 9. Phase two of fan balloting begins on March 20 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. The 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three finalists on April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Philadelphia.
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