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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will play a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series for the second straight week as the Bulldogs face the nationally-ranked Michigan State University Spartans this weekend (Dec. 7-8) in a two-game set. Ferris State hosts the Spartans this Friday (Dec. 7) in Big Rapids, Mich. with opening faceoff set for 7:05 p.m. (EST) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs then travel to East Lansing, Mich., this Saturday (Dec. 8) for the series finale at MSU's Munn Ice Arena. This Saturday’s contest will be televised live on Comcast Local and gets underway at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
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 (12/7) series-opening contest against Michigan State 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 Saturday (12/8) contest at Michigan State will be aired live on Comcast Local.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 7-6-1 overall and 6-4-0 in the CCHA with a two-game CCHA home-and-home series sweep of Western Michigan last weekend (11/30-12/1). Ferris posted a 4-0 home win last Friday (Nov. 30) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena and notched a 3-2 triumph over the Broncos Saturday (Dec. 1) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Ferris State, which is 6-3-0 in its last nine games, is among other teams receiving votes this week in the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV and Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) national polls. The Bulldogs are 3-3-1 at home and 4-3-0 on the road 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.
Michigan State is 10-3-2 overall and 6-2-0 in the CCHA after claiming a two-game CCHA road sweep of Lake Superior State last weekend (11/30-12/1) at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Spartans skated to a 3-2 win in Friday’s (Nov. 30) opener and then posted a 5-2 victory in Saturday’s (Dec. 1) rematch. This week, MSU is currently ranked third by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH), fourth by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and fifth in the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll. A season ago, the Spartans claimed the 2006-07 NCAA Division I National Championship by posting a 3-1 win over Boston College in the title game (4/7) at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. MSU finished 26-13-3 overall with a fourth-place 15-10-3 league mark.
The Series: Ferris State and Michigan State will meet for the 102nd and 103rd times this weekend in a series which the Spartans lead 62-25-14. The all-time series dates back to the 1979-80 campaign. The Bulldogs are 10-24-8 at home, 14-37-5 on the road, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites against Michigan State. A season ago, Ferris State posted a 1-2-1 mark in the four regular-season meetings which began with a 2-2 overtime tie (11/7) on the Spartans' home ice. The Bulldogs then suffered a 6-0 home loss (11/10) and came out on the short end of a 2-1 overtime road decision (2/9). FSU closed out the series with a 2-1 home victory over the Spartans (2/13). Ferris State sports a 2-8-2 mark in the last 12 meetings against Michigan State, which includes a 1-3-1 home ledger. Nine of the last 11 meetings has been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs owning a 2-5-2 record in such contests. Ferris State has compiled a 5-7-5 all-time mark in December contests versus the Spartans - 1-4-3 at home and 4-3-2 on the road.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 246-292-52 (.460) – (10-31-7 vs. Michigan State - 2-12-5 home, 7-18-1 away, and 1-1-1 neutral). 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.
Michigan State – Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, 1972), 6th season, 127-76-21 (.614); Career: 35th season, 724-551-92 (.563) – (7-3-2 vs. Ferris State at MSU and 44-16-4 vs. FSU in his career). Comley, who spent 26 seasons (1976-2002) as the first head coach at Northern Michigan, is just one of three head coaches to win NCAA titles at two different institutions and is among the top five coaches all-time in collegiate victories. Comley guided Northern Michigan to the 1991 national championship crown.
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 2006-07 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, Michigan State was voted as the favorite by the media and placed second in the coaches poll, one point behind Miami (Ohio) although the Spartans claimed six first-place votes to the RedHawks' five total.
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.
Case Picks Up CCHA Honor – Junior defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods) was named this week’s (12/3) CCHA Defenseman of the Week for his performance in last weekend’s (11/30-12/1) league home-and-home series sweep of Western Michigan. Case tallied his first two goals of this season in Friday’s (11/30) win to earn Perani Cup First Star of the Game honors. He then assisted on a marker and had a blocked shot in Saturday’s (12/1) victory at WMU. Case, who received CCHA laurels for the first time in his career, is the second Bulldog to garner weekly league recognition as junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) was selected as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week earlier this season (10/29). Case’s seven points (2-5=7) in 14 games is a career season best, eclipsing his four points (1-3=4) in 28 outings last season in which he earned FSU’s Most Improved Player Award.
Marked Improvement – The Bulldogs are 7-6-1 overall (3-3-0 away) through 14 games this season. A season ago at this time, Ferris State was 4-9-1 overall. FSU is 4-3-0 in away encounters this campaign compared to a 1-3-1 road ledger a season ago.
Shutout – Ferris State’s three shutouts to date this campaign represents the program’s most since the historic 2002-03 season (31-10-1 overall record and CCHA Regular-Season Champions) when the Bulldogs held their opponent scoreless four times. All three FSU shutouts have occurred in CCHA play – Notre Dame (3-0, 10/27), at Ohio State (4-0, 11/2), and Western Michigan (4-0, 11/30).
Puck Stopper – Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) racked up his fifth career shutout with last Friday’s (11/30) 4-0 home win over Western Michigan. O’Keefe, the 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year, is one shutout away from moving into a second-place tie with Vince Owen (1997-01)?and Phil Osaer (1998-01) on the program’s all-time leaders list. O’Keefe presently ranks second on Ferris’ all-time charts in goals-against average (2.74), third in save percentage (.900), sixth in minutes played (4,033), eighth in game played (69), ninth in saves (1,651), and tied for 10th in career wins (24).
A Comparison – The Bulldogs hold a 38-29 advantage in goals scored during the team’s initial 14 games this season, which includes a first-period 13-8 margin. Last season, Ferris had been outscored by a 46-37 margin.
Season’s Best – Junior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) matches his career single-season points total with his fifth goal of the season at Western Michigan (12/1). Lewandowski, who currently has five points (5-0=5) in 13 outings this campaign, produced five points (1-4=5) in 17 2006-07 contests. Eight of his 14 career points in 55 games have been lamplighters.
Good Showing – Ferris has outscored its opponent 12-5 in the last four games, which includes a 6-1 first-period scoring advantage. Mitch O’Keefe (1-1-0, 1.02 GAA, .961sv%) and freshman goaltender Pat Nagle (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .941sv%) have combined for a 1.25 goals-against average (five goals allowed) and a .951 save percentage (97 total saves) in those four games.
Multiple Points – Sophomore center-right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) registered his fourth multiple-point game of this season with two points (1-1=2) in last Friday's (11/30) series opener against Western Michigan. Chupp, who has a combined eight points (3-5=8) in his last seven contests, has presently chalked up nine career multi-point game efforts in 51 career appearances. The 2006-07 FSU Rookie of the Year Award winner has compiled 34 career points (12-22=34) to date.
Ferris’ 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, 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.