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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team take to the road this weekend (Nov. 16 & 18) as the Bulldogs travel to Omaha, Neb., for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) set against the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at the Qwest Center Omaha. Opening faceoff for this Friday's (Nov. 16) series opener is 8:05 p.m. (EST) while the two teams will meet up again this Sunday (Nov. 18) in a 3:05 p.m. (EST) matinee contest.
2007-08 Ferris State Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2007-08 Bulldog home hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets Plus at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets Plus' website: www.starticketsplus.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 4-5-1 overall and 3-3-0 in CCHA play after suffering a pair of home league losses to Bowling Green State last weekend (11/9-10) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 6-3 decision to the Falcons in last Friday's (11/9) series opener and then were dealt a 3-1 loss in Saturday's (11/10) rematch. FSU is 2-2-0 on the road and 2-3-1 at home to date this campaign. Ferris State compiled a 14-22-3 overall record for the 2006-07 campaign, which included a ninth place 10-16-2 CCHA mark. The Bulldogs were 9-8-1 at home, 5-14-1 on the road, and 0-0-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
Nebraska-Omaha improved to 3-4-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the CCHA to date following a league series sweep of Ohio State last weekend (11/8-9) at OSU’s Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Mavericks snapped a four-game losing string with a 5-2 win over the Buckeyes last Thursday (11/8) and then claimed a 5-2 victory in Friday’s (11/9) series finale. UNO is 1-2-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road this campaign. A season ago, Nebraska-Omaha posted an 18-16-8 overall record while placing fifth in the CCHA at 13-11-4.
The Series: Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha will meet for the 21st and 22nd times this upcoming weekend with the Mavericks having a 12-6-2 lead in the all-times which commenced in the 1999-00 season. The two teams split last season's (1/19-20) two-game set in Big Rapids as UNO claimed a 3-1 win in the opener (1/19) before the Bulldogs turned the tables with a 6-3 victory in the series finale (1/20). FSU's triumph snapped the Mavericks' four-game winning streak in the series. Ferris State is 2-6-0 all-time in road encounters versus UNO and seven of the eight meetings in Omaha have been determined by three goals or more with Ferris going 2-5-0 in those contests. The Bulldogs are 2-2-0 in November encounters against Nebraska Omaha, which includes a 1-1-0 road ledger. Eleven of the last 13 meetings have been decided by at least three goals and FSU is 6-5-0 in such outings.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 243-291-52 (.459) – (6-12-2 vs. Nebraska Omaha). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the 2002-03 CCHA Coach of the Year and the Inside College Hockey (INCH) Coach of the Year, but the crowning highlight of his coaching career was being chosen as the recipient of the 2003 Spencer Penrose Award as the ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.
Nebraska-Omaha – Mike Kemp (Gustavus Adolphus, 1975), 11th season, 165-191-45 (.468) – (12-6-2 vs. Ferris State). Kemp, who was named the 2004-05 CCHA Coach of the Year, has been the only head coach in the program’s 11-year history. He was a finalist for both the CCHA Coach of the Year and the Spencer Penrose Trophy for National Coach of the Year honors in 1999-00. He was a finalist for national coaching honors in three of first eight seasons at UNO. In 2005-06, he directed the Mavericks to their first-ever NCAA Tourney berth.
30th Anniversary – The 2007-08 season represents the 30th anniversary for the Ferris State men’s ice hockey program competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Bulldogs registered a 10-24-0 overall record in the 1978-79 season which marked their NCAA Division I debut.
2007-08 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was selected to finish ninth with 44 points in the 2007-08 CCHA Coaches Poll while the Bulldogs were tabbed eighth by the media (279 points), which was announced Sept. 25, 2007 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Miami (114 points) was selected as the favorite in the coaches poll while 2996-07 NCAA Division I National Champion Michigan State (701 points) claimed top honors in the media balloting. A total of 63 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school. This weekend's opponent, Nebraska-Omaha was tabbed to finish in sixth place by both the coaches and the media.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2007-08 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be heard live on Big Country WWBR (100.9 FM) with Bill Beckwith handling the play-by-play duties.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.
Bulldog Hockey Video Webcasts: A live video and audio webcast is available for all 2007-08 Ferris State men's ice hockey home contests through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 per match on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Stats: All statistics for the 2007-08 Ferris State men's ice hockey home games along with all Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be followed via GameTracker on Ferris State's Hockey Website at www.ferris.edu/Sports/Hockey and then click on 2007-08 Schedule/Results. GameTracker is a service of Online College Sports and is a real time update of the action. If the GameTracker logo is shown for that game then there will be a GameTracker link. For the other CCHA contests, visit http://ccha.cstv.com/ and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature.
2007-08 CCHA Cluster – Under the CCHA's "rivalry pairing" cluster scheduling format, Ferris State is grouped annually with rivalry partner Western Michigan. The two teams will join Bowling Green State and Notre Dame for the 2007-08 campaign to form one four-team cluster as each team will square off against one another four times during this regular season.
The Nominee – Senior defenseman Adam Welch (Hastings, Minn.) has been nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying In School) Award. The award, which was first created in 2001, is designed to honor the attributes of seniors who remain committed to their university and elect to pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Welch is a three-year team captain and only the fourth skater in FSU history to serve in that capacity for more than two seasons.
Goal Scorer – Junior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) continued his goal scoring by tallying for the third time in his last four outings. Lewandowski tallied a lamplighter in both games against Bowling Green State last weekend (11/9-10). His four goals (4-0=4)?in nine contests this season represents a career single-season high, bettering his two goal output in 25 2005-06 season games. Lewandowski, who’s older brother Phil Lewandowski played at Ferris State (1999-03) and was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2002-03 CCHA Regular-Season Championship team, is one point shy of matching his career single-season best five points (1-4=5) set last season in 17 contests.
Another Productive Start – Junior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has compiled a team-leading seven points (3-4=7) in the Bulldogs’ first 10 games this campaign while notching at least a point in five of those contests. Connolly had six points (2-4=6) a season ago following the team’s initial 10 outings.
A Season’s Comparison – Ferris State has registered 26 goals in its first 10 games this season compared to 27 last season after the Bulldogs’ initial 10 contests. Ferris has totaled 311 shots on goal this campaign to date compared to 350 a season ago. Defensively, the Bulldogs have allowed 24 lamplighters (2.38 goals-against average) this campaign after giving up 33 markers (3.27 goals-against average) last season.
Shooting Display – The Bulldogs have outshot their opponent in five of the team’s 10 games to date this campaign and are averaging 31.1 shots a contest (311 total) to the opponent’s 27.7 average (277 total). Ferris is presently 2-2-1 this season when outshooting the opposition.
Mighty Mitch – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) needs 64 more saves to move into a tie with current Miami (Ohio) assistant coach Jeff Blashill (1994-98; 1,666 career saves) on Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders list. O’Keefe, who was named the CCHA’s Goaltender of the Week earlier this season (10/29), has accumulated 1,602 career saves in 67 appearances. The 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year is only the ninth Bulldog netminder to record at least 1,600 career saves.
Points Producer – Sophomore center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has produced a point in six of the Bulldogs’ 10 contests this season to date and has racked up six points (1-5=6) in that span. Lewicki’s 10 career markers (10-11=21) in 42 contests represents 47.6% of his career points production. He tied for sixth place among the 2006-07 scoring leaders with 15 points (9-6=15) in 32 games and was second among FSU freshmen.