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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team heads to Pennsylvania this weekend (Oct. 17-18) for a two-game non-league series against the Robert Morris Colonials at the RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both games will get underway at 7:35 p.m. (EDT) in what represents the first-ever meetings between the two schools.
2008-09 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008-09 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 1-1-0 overall for the 2008-09 season following a non-league series split against the Canisius Golden Griffins last weekend (Oct. 10-11) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs are listed among other teams in this week’s (10/14) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports XXL Poll with seven points. Ferris concluded the 2007-08 season with an 18-16-5 overall record and placed fifth in the final CCHA regular-season standings at 12-12-4 (28 points). FSU sported a 9-6-3 home mark a season ago and was 6-4-1 in non-league affairs.
Robert Morris is 0-1-0 overall after beginning its 2008-09 campaign last Saturday (Oct. 11) with a 3-1 non-conference loss to Merrimack at the Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. The Colonials, who were tabbed to finish tied for third in the 2008 College Hockey America (CHA) Preseason Coaches Poll, were 15-15-4 overall for the 2007-08 season with a third-place 10-7-3 CHA mark. RMU notched a 6-6-1 record in home outings last season.
The All-Time Series: This weekend’s series marks the first-ever meetings between the two teams. Ferris State sports a 10-4-1 (.700) all-time against current College Hockey America competition, which includes a 5-1-0 road record..
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 258-303-56 (.464) – (0-0-0 vs. Robert Morris – 0-0-0 Home, 0-0-0 Away, 0-0-0 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. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Robert Morris – Derek Schooley (Western Michigan, 1994), 5th season, 49-76-13 (.402) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Schooley was named the first head coach in Robert Morris history. Prior to RMU, Schooley spent four years at the Air Force Academy as an assistant coach before spending one season at Air Force as an associate head coach. He was a four-year letterwinner (1990-94) as a defenseman at Western Michigan.
About Robert Morris: The Colonials are led offensively by senior forward and 2008-09 All-CHA Preseason Team selection Chris Margott (18-26=44 in 2007-08), who finished third in league scoring last season and was a 2007-08 All-CHA Second-Team pick. He’s the program’s all-time leader in points (92), goals (43), and assists (49). Senior forward Jason Towsley (9-15=24 in 2007-08), sophomore forward Nathan Longpre (7-17=24 in 207-08), and sophomore defenseman Denny Urban (6-15=21 in 2007-08) are other top returning scorers. Sophomore Jim Patterson (0-2-0, 4.48 GAA, .850sv% in 2007-08) and junior Wes Russell (0-2-1, 5.18 GAA, .848sv% in 2007-08) are the returning goaltenders.
2008-09 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was chosen sixth in the 2008-09 CCHA Coaches Poll with 84 points and was tabbed the same placing by the media with a 529 points total. Both the preseason CCHA Coaches and Media Polls were announced Sept. 30, 2008 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Notre Dame (128 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll and second (915 points) in the media poll as the Fighting Irish finished national runner up for the 2007-08 national championship. Michigan, which captured both the 2007-08 CCHA Regular Season and CCHA Tournament titles, earned a league-best 945 points with 43 first-place votes in the media balloting. A record 83 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, but were excluded from ranking their own team.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2008-09 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be heard live on Big Country WWBR (100.9 FM) with Bill Beckwith providing the play-by-play.
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.
Live Stats: All statistics for the 2008-09 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 2008-09 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.
Successful Season – Ferris State’s 18 victories (18-15-5 overall) for the 2007-08 season not only exceeds its win total of the previous 2006-07 campaign (14-22-3 overall), but surpasses the 17-win total (17-15-8 overall) in the 2005-06 season which is the Bulldogs’ most successful season since the historic 2002-03 season. Ferris has won at least 10 games per campaign for 30 straight seasons to date. The 1999-00 squad compiled a 21-16-2 overall mark.
Taking The Fifth – Ferris State’s fifth-place CCHA finish last season (12-12-4 CCHA - 28 league points) represented the program’s highest placing since the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship season in which the Bulldogs were 22-5-1 in the CCHA (45 league points). Besides the 2002-03 campaign, the 1990-91 squad finished with a third-place 15-12-5 league mark (35 league points). The 2007-08 squad bettered the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points (10-11-7 CCHA).
Home Improvement – The Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena, presently in its 34th season of operation, underwent a 3.3 million dollar renovation project this past summer. Renovations included new rink slabs for both the main and half ice sheets along with new dasher boards and installation of tempered glass panels. Locker room renovations, new lighting along with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment were installed.
Returning Firepower – Ferris State returns 14 of its top 15 points leaders from last season, including junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), who had a career-high and squad-best 30 points (11-19=30) in 39 games a season ago. Overall, the Bulldogs welcome back 88.9% (97-109) of their goal-scoring output and 80.6% (224-278) of their points production from last season.
Road Openers – Ferris State is 8-18-3 overall (.328) in road-opening contests dating back to the 1979-80 campaign and is 3-4 in its last seven such encounters. FSU dropped a 2-0 decision at Union in its road opener last season (10/12). Ferris State's most recent road-opening win was in the 2006-07 season when the Bulldogs registered a 2-1 league victory at Western Michigan (10/20).
Power-Play Production – Ferris State’s four power-play goals on nine chances against Canisius (10/11) represented the team’s most since 1/16/06 when the Bulldogs converted four-of-eight extra-skater advantage opportunities in a 6-5 league triumph at Bowling Green State.
Seeing Red – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team pick and FSU’s 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award winner, led all Bulldog defensemen in scoring last season with 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 contests. He placed sixth in team scoring and produced the second-highest points total among Ferris’ freshmen a season ago. Redmond, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 184th overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers, attained honorable mention honors on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.
2008-09 Captains – For the first time in three seasons, Ferris State will have a different skater wearing the captain’s ‘C’ this campaign. Cody Chupp, who was an assistant captain on last season’s squad, replaces three-time team captain Adam Welch. Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) will serve as the Bulldogs’ assistant captains this season.
Impressive Frosh Class – The Bulldogs’ freshman class is ranked 15th in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH). INCH compiled its 2008 recruiting rankings with extensive input from college and junior coaches along with professional scouts. Individually, goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
Lighting The Lamp – Senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) has posted at least a point in 10 of his last 15 games to date after tallying a lamplighter in the season opener against Canisius last Friday (10/10). Fifteen of Lewandowski’s 26 career points in 78 outings have been on goals.
Young Guns Return – Thirteen underclassmen (eight freshmen and five sophomores) accounted for 57.9% (161-278) of the squad’s points production last season and 57.8% (63-109) of the Bulldogs’ goal scoring. Seven of the team’s top 10 points getters were underclassmen.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and goaltender Pat Nagle were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) was FSU’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative and Bob Daniels was among three finalists for the CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
2008-09 Yearbook Available Online: The 2008-09 Ferris State University Men's Ice Hockey Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 84-page publication features such information as 2008-09 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2007-08 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports to find the publication online.