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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team returns to the ice this weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series versus the Western Michigan University Broncos. Ferris State hosts Western Michigan in this Friday’s (Nov. 30) series opener at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich., with opening faceoff set for 7:05 p.m. (EST). The two teams face off again this Saturday (Dec. 1) in Kalamazoo, Mich., starting at 7:35 p.m. (EST) inside WMU's Lawson Ice Arena. Following this weekend's action, the West Michigan foes will meet twice more during the 2007-08 regular season.
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.
Television Broadcast: This Friday's (11/30) series opening contest versus Western Michigan will be televised by Ferris Television on a tape-delayed basis. The game will be aired three times, beginning this Sunday (12/2) at 7 p.m. (EST), this Monday (12/3) at 9 p.m. (EST)and Tuesday (12/4) at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on Charter Cable Channel 22.
The Records: Ferris State, which was idle last Thanksgiving weekend, is 5-6-1 overall and 4-4-0 in the CCHA as a result of splitting a league road series with Nebraska-Omaha two weeks ago (11/16 & 18) at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. FSU prevailed 5-1 over the Mavericks in the series opener (11/16) before suffering a 2-0 loss to UNO in the finale (11/18). Ferris is 2-3-1 at home and 3-3-0 on the road to date this campaign. Ferris State compiled a 14-22-3 overall record for the 2006-07 season, 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.
Western Michigan is 4-8-0 overall and 2-6-0 in the CCHA to date after splitting a two-game league home series against Ohio State last weekend (11/23-24) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos posted a 4-2 victory over the Buckeyes in last Friday’s (11/23) opener before suffering a 3-0 loss in Saturday’s (11/24) rematch. WMU, which is 2-8-0 in its last 10 outings, sports a 1-5-0 road mark and is 3-3-0 at home this season. A season ago, Western Michigan compiled an 18-18-1 overall record with a sixth-place 14-13-1 CCHA ledger. The Broncos were 6-8-1 in road outings and 12-8-0 at home a season ago.
The Series: Western Michigan has a 64-41-6 lead over Ferris State in the all-time series which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The Bulldogs are 24-24-3 at home, 16-36-3 on the road, and 1-4-0 at neutral sites versus the Broncos. Ferris is 19-15-1 (.557) in the last 35 meetings, which includes a 10-5-1 home ledger. The two teams split last season's four-game series with the Bulldogs registering a 2-1 win at WMU (10/20) before dropping a 5-3 home decision to the Broncos (10/21). FSU notched a 4-0 home victory (11/21), but then was dealt a 5-2 setback by Western in the series finale (1/23). Ferris State is averaging 3.52 goals per game (391 total) in the all-time series while Western Michigan has averaged 4.24 goals an outing (471 total) for a 0.72 goals per contest differential. The Bulldogs are 27-31-0 (.466) in games decided by three goals or more and 14-33-6 (.321) in games determined by two goals or less. FSU is 6-13-0 all-time in November encounters and 4-7-1 in December contests versus the Broncos.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 244-292-52 (.459) – (23-24-2 vs. Western Michigan). 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.
Western Michigan – Jim Culhane (Western Michigan, 1987), 9th season, 132-163-30 (.452) – (14-16-0 vs. Ferris State). Culhane, who played at WMU from 1983-87, is the first former varsity player to serve as the program’s head coach. He went on to play five professional seasons, which included a stint with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers in 1989-90.
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, Western Michigan was chosen to place 10th in the coaches poll and seventh by 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.
Season-Best Match – Freshman goaltender Pat Nagle’s (Bloomfield) 31 saves in the Bulldogs’ 5-1 win at Nebraska-Omaha (11/16) matched a single-season high. Nagle, who was selected fourth among the top 10 incoming goaltenders for the 2007-08 campaign by Inside College Hockey.com, turned aside 31 shots in a home league contest versus Notre Dame (10/26).
The Newcomers – Ferris State’s eight-member freshmen class has accounted for 17.1% (14-82) of the team’s points production this season. Freshman defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has five points (2-3=5) in 10 contests to lead all FSU freshmen.
Frankly Speaking – Junior right wing Matt Frank’s (Billings, Mont.) three points (1-2=3) in 12 outings this season is one shy of equaling his 2006-07 season total of four points (1-3=4) in 33 contests. The two-time (2006-07 and 2007-08) FSU assistant captain’s best season was in 2005-06 when he registered 12 points (4-8=12) in 34 contests.
Tech Nets First One – Freshman defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) tallied his first collegiate lamplighter in the win at Nebraska-Omaha (11/16) with a first-period power-play marker which also represented the game winner.
A Productive Start – Junior defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods) matched his career single-season high with his fourth point (0-4=4) of the season on an assist at Nebraska-Omaha (11/16). Case, who has played in all 12 contests this season, had four points (1-3=4) in 28 games last season.
Five For Five – Sophomore center Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has compiled five points (2-3=5) in his last five games after starting this season with three points (1-2=3) in his initial seven contests. Chupp’s three points (1-2=3) occurred in a two-game non-league home series against Wayne State (10/19-20).
Mighty Mitch – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) is 44 saves away from tying Jeff Blashill (1994-98; 1,666 career saves) for eighth place on Ferris State’s all-time career saves leaders list. O’Keefe has presently amassed 1,622 career stops in 68 games. The 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year is currently seventh among the school’s netminding leaders in minutes played with a 3,973 career total and is 51 shy of tying Jeff Blashill’s sixth-place 4,024 total minutes.
Did You Know? – Junior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has chalked up a team-best seven points (4-3=7) in six November games this season after totaling two points (0-2=2) in six October outings. Last season, Connolly went scoreless in five November contests after garnering six points (2-4=6) in seven October matchups. He was profiled in Inside College Hockey.com’s 2007-08 Player Preview this past summer.