Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey squad will open its 41st season of Division I college hockey this Friday (Oct. 12) night as FSU entertains in-state rival Western Michigan in the 2018-19 regular-season opener inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.
The Bulldogs and the Broncos will square off in the series' opener in Big Rapids to begin a two-game home-and-home set, which concludes with the rematch on Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo.
Friday night's puck drop in Big Rapids is slated for 7:07 p.m. (ET) and tickets are on sale now with a large crowd expected for the home opening rivalry battle.
The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of exciting exhibition wins at home this past weekend, topping the US Under 18 Team 3-1 on Saturday and Lethbridge (Canada) by a 5-2 count on Sunday.
Fans can purchase advance tickets for all Bulldog home hockey games to guarantee a seat 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.
The FSU Athletic Ticket Office's normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
A complete pricing structure, ticket office hours and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com and can be found by visiting the "tickets" tab. For additional ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.
The "Dawg Pound" student section has been sold out for more than 100 consecutive regular-season home contests over the last six years. Overall, FSU has posted more than 25 total sellouts at the Ewigleben Ice Arena since the second half of a historic 2011-12 campaign in which the Bulldogs reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four.
The Bulldogs, who have reached the NCAA Final Eight three times since 2012, will embark on their 44th campaign this coming fall and again face perhaps one of the country's toughest schedules as they seek their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last eight years.
The 2018-19 schedule is again highlighted by matchups against nearly every other in-state Division I opponent from Michigan, including non-conference showdowns against Michigan State and Western Michigan. Both will make the trek to FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena as part of home-and-home showdowns.
Along with the premier matchups against the in-state foes, the Bulldogs will also entertain challenging conference rivals such as Minnesota State, Michigan Tech and Bowling Green as part of a 18-game regular-season home schedule. The slate also features a pair of exhibition games, including hosting the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the opener on Oct. 6.
Since 2012, the Bulldogs have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight all three times. FSU has also won two conference regular-season championships along with capturing the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy once as the league's Final Five Champion. Along with a Frozen Four berth and national title game showing in 2012, FSU also has reached the regional final and the final eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2014 and 2016.