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Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) at Big Rapids, Mich.; Friday - 7:05 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday - 5:05 p.m. (EDT)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with play-by-play announcer Bill Beckwith. Listen
Television: Ferris Television
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continues Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action at home this weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) with a two-game league set versus the Lake Superior State Lakers at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The two teams square off this Friday (Oct. 31) at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) while the puck will drop for Saturday's (Nov. 1) series finale contest at 5:05 p.m. (EDT) in what marks the final 2008-09 regular-season meeting between the two teams.
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.
Meijer Family Hockey Night: This Saturday's (Nov. 1) home outing against Lake Superior State represents a Meijer Family Hockey Night promotional game. The Meijer Family Hockey Night promotion features four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn for $32. Meijer Family Hockey Night coupons are available at the Big Rapids Meijer and can be redeemed at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the game’s start time.
The Records: Ferris State evened its overall record to 2-2-2 and is 1-0-1-0 in the CCHA to date for the 2008-09 season as a result of producing a 1-0-1 record in last weekend's (Oct. 24-25) home-and-home league-opening series against Western Michigan. The Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 overtime tie against the Broncos in last Friday's (Oct. 24) CCHA opener before losing a 1-0 shootout at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Ferris State then claimed a 5-2 home victory over Western Michigan last Saturday (Oct. 25) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU is presently 2-1-0 at home and sports a 0-1-1 road ledger this season. Ferris State 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).
Lake Superior State is 1-2-1 overall with a 1-1-0-0 CCHA mark to date. The Lakers were victorious in a pair of exhibition home encounters last weekend (Oct. 25-26) at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. LSSU registered a 7-0 decision over Windsor (Ontario) last Saturday (Oct. 25) before recording a 7-3 win against the U.S. National Under-18 Team last Sunday (Oct. 26). Prior to those games, the Lakers split a CCHA series at Ohio State (Oct. 17-18) in Columbus, Ohio. LSSU claimed a 7-3 victory over the Buckeyes in the opener (Oct. 17), but then suffered a 4-2 setback in the series finale (Oct. 18). The Lakers are 1-1-0 in away outings to date. Lake Superior State produced a 10-20-7 overall record, which included a 10th-place 7-15-6 CCHA ledger.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Lake Superior State will meet for the 114th and 115th times this weekend in a series which Lake Superior State leads 61-39-13 and originated back in the 1977-78 season. The Bulldogs are 20-28-5 at home, 18-32-7 on the road, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites versus the Lakers. In last season's (2/1-2) two-game series at Sault Ste. Marie, Ferris State suffered a 3-2 setback to the Lakers in the opener (2/1) before skating to a 1-1 overtime deadlock in the finale (2/2). FSU is 6-2-2 (.700) in its last 10 home encounters against Lake Superior State as the Bulldogs have averaged 3.10 goals a game (31 total) to the Lakers' 1.70 goals per contest (17 total) average during that span. Twenty-five of the last 32 meetings have been determined by two goals or less with the Bulldogs producing an 8-10-7 (.460) record in those outings, which includes a 5-4-2 home ledger. The last five series meetings to date have been decided by one goal or less. Ferris is 6-9-2 versus the Lakers in October contests (2-5-0 at home) and 10-13-4 in November matchups (7-8-3 at home).
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 259-304-58 (.464) – (15-25-9 vs. Lake Superior State – 8-11-4 Home, 7-13-5 Away, 0-1-0 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 one of three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
Lake Superior State – Jim Roque (Lake Superior State, 1987), 4th season, 47-55-18 (.467) – (4-2-5 vs. Ferris State). Roque became the ninth coach in the 41-year history of the Lakers’ hockey program in June 2005. He’s only the second former Laker player to take the helm of the LSSU program. Roque ranks 19th among LSSU’s career scoring leaders and was also a member of the first Laker squad to compete in the 1985 NCAA Division I Tournament.
About Lake Superior State: The Lakers are presently led in scoring by junior defenseman Steven Kaunisto, who has five points (1-4=5) in four games. Junior forward Zac MacVoy and junior forward Nathan Perkovich both have a team second-place tying four points (2-2=4) apiece. In goal for LSSU this season are sophomore Brian Mahoney-Wilson (1-1-0, 3.03 GAA, .922sv%) and junior Pat Inglis (0-1-1, 2.40 GAA, .925sv%). Nationally, LSSU ranks in a 17th-place tie for scoring offense (3.25 gpg.) and is tied for 29th in scoring defense (3.00 gpg.). Current LSSU assistant coach Tim Christian played collegiately at Ferris State (1991-95).
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.
Redmond Nets CCHA Weekly Honor – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been selected this week’s CCHA Defenseman of the Week for his performance in last weekend’s (10/24-25) home-and-home league series with Western Michigan. The FSU assistant captain totaled a combined three points (0-3=3) in the Bulldogs’ series against Western Michigan. He assisted on Ferris’ lone goal in Friday’s (10/24) league opener and then was credited with two helpers in Saturday’s (10/25) 5-2 home triumph over the Broncos. Redmond assisted on the Bulldogs’ game-winning goal in Saturday’s tilt and finished the two-game set with 12 total shot attempts to go with three blocked shots.
Life of Riley – Junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has compiled a point in all six Ferris State contests to date this season and has a combined six points (3-3=6) in that span. His current six-game point streak represents a career high, bettering his four-game point string (2/2-15) a season ago in which he racked up six points (3-3=6).
First Shortie – Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) tallied his first short-handed goal in last Saturday’s (10/25) 5-2 home win over Western Michigan. Prior to the shortie, Haines had went 69 games with such a lamplighter. Haines’ two goals in six outings this campaign is two shy of equalling his season-best four markers in 33 encounters last season.
Scoring Leader – Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has presently recorded a team-leading seven points (2-5=7) in five games this month. A season ago, Connolly racked up two points (0-2=2) in six October contests. He has netted at least a point in all five of his appearances this season, which includes a pair of two-point game efforts versus Canisius (10/11) and Western Michigan (10/25).
Shooting Gallery – Ferris State has outshot the opposition in all but one of its current six contests this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 39.5 shots per game (237 total) to date this campaign compared to the opponent’s 24.7 a game average (148 total) for a difference of 14.8 goals an outing.
Helping Hand – Sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) has a point in each of FSU’s last four games with an assist in each outing. The four-game point streak matches his 2007-08 season high in which the Bulldog defender had four points (1-3=4) in a four-game (2/9-22) period.
A Season’s Comparison – In Ferris’ initial six contests this season, the Bulldogs are operating at 21.1% (8-38) efficiency on the power play and 76.6% (36-47) in penalty killing. A season ago following its first six games, FSU had an 08.6% (3-35) power-play success rate and was at 89.2% (33-37) on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs have scored 3.33 goals per game (20 total) this campaign compared to 2.33 goals a contest (14 total) last season. FSU is averaging 39.5 shots a game (237 total) this season after posting a 31.7 shots average an outing (190 total) in its first six 2007-08 season encounters.
Seeing Red – Zach Redmond, 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. Zach Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley 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.
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.