PREVIEW: Ferris State Visits Bowling Green For WCHA First-Round Playoff Action

PREVIEW: Ferris State Visits Bowling Green For WCHA First-Round Playoff Action
WCHA First Round Playoffs
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Friday-Sunday (March 3-5) - 7:07 pm
Television:  WCHA.TV (PPV)
Radio:  97.3 FM WDEE
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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team opens up Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) postseason action on the road this weekend as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs visit fourth-seeded Bowling Green for a first-round, best-of-three series in Ohio.

Both Friday and Saturday's games, along with Sunday's deciding game three if necessary, will get underway at 7:07 p.m. (ET).

All of this weekend's action will be aired live on Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network along with live video coverage at WCHA.TV. Pregame action begins a half-hour prior to puck drop each night and the broadcasts can also be found online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

All-Time History vs. Bowling Green State
Ferris State sports a 59-62-21 record against the Falcons in 142 prior meetings. This is the first playoff meeting since the Bulldogs lost in three games in the first round of the 2011-12 CCHA Playoffs. Two of the three games in the best-of-three series went to an extra session, and the Falcons won both. Ferris State was an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, and was able to overcome their first round shock into an appearance in the National Championship game. The Bulldogs and Falcons have met in the post season for five prior series. Ferris State has won two and Bowling Green has won three. The Bulldogs split the season series 2-2-0 against BGSU this year, last winning 5-0 at Ewigleben Ice Arena on Jan. 28.

Mayhew wins WCHA Regular Season Scoring Race
Despite missing two games due to injury, Gerald Mayhew won the WCHA Regular Season scoring title. Mayhew finished with the most points of any WCHA player last year with the post season included, making this his first regular season scoring title. Mayhew finished with 30 points in WCHA play on 15 goals and 15 assists and finished the regular season a team best +6 in 26 WCHA games. In 31 games this year, Mayhew has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points with a +9. Mayhew also leads Ferris State in game-winning goals with four, and three have come in WCHA play. In 148 games played, Mayhew has 52 goals and 65 assists for 117 points.

Seniors Strike for Big Weekend vs. Lakers
Three of Ferris State's four seniors struck for goals in Ferris State's Friday (Feb. 24) night victory over the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie. Gerald Mayhew and Chad McDonald each had two goals, but it was defenseman Ryan Lowney who ripped in the game winning goal for his seventh career goal, and first game-winning goal of the year. McDonald also had an assist, while Mayhew earned an assist in Saturday night's game on Mitch Maloney's game tying goal. McDonald reached 83 points in his career and scored hist 38th career goal. Lowney reached 58 career points with his assist on Mayhew's empty net-goal to ice the 6-4 victory over Lake Superior State.

Pefley's Four-Point Outburst Stokes Bulldogs to Victory over Lakers
Entering having won back-to-back games, Ferris State was poised for a strong final weekend of the regular season, and on Friday (Feb. 24) they delivered with a third consecutive victory. The 6-4 win saw multiple Bulldogs with multi-point nights, but all fell shy of redshirt freshman Craig Pefley's four points on a goal and three assists. Senior forwards Chad Mcdonald and Gerald Mayhew each had two goals apiece in the game, but it was senior defenseman Ryan Lowney who dealt the fatal blow at 17:53 of regulation. Deadlocked at 4-4, Lowney found himself open in the right wing face off circle where he ripped a shot past Lake Superior State goaltender Gordon Defiel for a 5-4 lead.

Ferris State in the WCHA Playoffs
Since joining the WCHA, Ferris State holds a 9-2 record in playoff season. The Bulldogs are 6-0 all-time in WCHA first round games, and last had a road playoff sweept at Bemidji State in 2014-15. Senior forward Gerald Mayhew is the leading playoff scorer in program history with 17 points. Mayhew had 10 points in six postseason games last year to lead all WCHA postseason scorers. Mayhew has 11 playoff goals, four of which are game-winning goals.

Ferris State Finishes 4-1-1 in February Headed into Playoffs
Despite tying their final regular season game, Ferris State hockey won five of it's last seven games, including a three-game winning streak to move into fifth place in the WCHA. In their last seven regular season games, Ferris State shutout two opponents and had a goals against average of 1.87 per game in that stretch. Since Jan. 26, Ferris State has the highest winning percentage in the WCHA, and a penalty kill percentage of 88.9 percent which ranks 12th in the nation. Ferris State's winning perentage is seventh best in the nation as well in that span. Ferris State's team defense is also fifth best in the nation since Jan. 26.

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