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Dates/Start Times: Friday-Saturday (Jan. 2-3) at Burlington, Vermont; Friday - 4:05 p.m. (EST); Saturday - Consolation Game at 4:05 p.m. and Championship Game at 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: None by Ferris State radio. Vermont games will be aired live by WVMT-620 AM. Listen
Television: The Vermont game this Saturday (Jan. 3) will be televised on CN8 (Comcast Network Eight) either live or on a tape-delay basis
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team returns to the ice this weekend (Jan. 2-3) as the Bulldogs compete in the 13th annual Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup at the Gutterson Fieldhouse on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vt. The Bulldogs take on the St. Lawrence Saints in this Friday's (Jan. 2) first-round matchup at 4:05 p.m. (EST) while the Colgate Raiders battle the host and nationally-ranked Vermont Catamounts in the second opening-round contest at 7:05 p.m. (EST). The tournament's consolation and championship games will be held this Saturday (Jan. 3) at 4:05 p.m. (EST) and 7:05 p.m. (EST), respectively.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 9-8-3 overall and is 6-6-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season to date after sweeping Alabama-Huntsville in a two-game non-league series (Dec. 12-13) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs recorded a 4-2 win over the Chargers in the series opener (Dec. 12) and then notched a 5-2 triumph in the series finale (Dec. 13). FSU is currently 4-2-0 in its last six contests. 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).
St. Lawrence is currently 7-8-1 overall with a 2-5-1 mark in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) this season. The Saints skated to a 4-3 non-league home victory over nationally-ranked Vermont (Dec. 13) at SLU’s Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. in their most recent action. SLU is 3-2-0 in its last five outings to date.
Colgate sports a 5-7-4 overall record and is 1-4-3 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) this campaign. The Raiders posted a 2-2 overtime against nationally-ranked Cornell on Sunday (Dec. 28) in the championship game of the 2008 Florida Collegiate Classic at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. Colgate lost 2-0 in a shootout versus Cornell. The Raiders claimed a 3-2 overtime decision over Maine in the tourney’s opening contest last Saturday (Dec. 27). CU has currently won its last two outings after dropping its six previous encounters.
Vermont is presently 9-4-2 overall and 6-3-1 in the Hockey East Association (HEA) this season. The Catamounts, who are 6-1-0 in their last seven appearances to date, dropped a 4-3 decision at St. Lawrence (Dec. 12) in its most recent action. UV is listed 13th in the latest (Dec. 15) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls while the Catamounts are ranked 10th by Inside College Hockey.com (Dec. 28).
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 266-310-59 (.465) – (2-1-0 vs. St. Lawrence, 1-3-0 vs. Colgate, 0-0-0 vs. Vermont). 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.
St. Lawrence – Joe Marsh (New Hampshire, 1977), 24th season, 422-357-56 (.539) – (1-2-0 vs. Ferris State).
Colgate – Don Vaughn (St. Lawrence, 1984), 16th season, 262-242-56 (.518) – (3-3-0 vs. Ferris State).
Vermont – Kevin Sneddon (Harvard, 1992), 6th season, 92-85-28 (.517); Career: 11th season, 142-184-46 (.444) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State).
About St. Lawrence: The Saints are paced in scoring by junior forward Mike McKenzie (6-7=13), senior forward Brock McBride (5-6=11), and senior defenseman Zach Miskovic (5-5=10). junior goaltender Alex Petizian (5-6-1, 2.15 GAA, .924sv%) has started in all 12 of his appearances with freshman Robby Moss (2-1-0, 3.86 GAA, .859sv%) serving as the primary backup.
About Colgate: Junior forward David McIntyre (6-9=15) along with freshman forward Austin Smith (8-6=14) and sophomore forward Brian Day (9-2=11) have attained double-digit points totals this season. Junior Charles Long (4-5-4, 2.22 GAA, .913sv%), who has started all 13 of his outings this season, and freshman Alex Evin (1-2-0, 2.88 GAA, .892sv%) are the netminders.
About Vermont: Senior forward Peter Lenes (5-12=17) is tops among five Catamount skaters in double-figure points as are junior forward Viktor Stxlberg (7-7=14) and senior forward Dean Strong (2-10=12). In goal are junior Mike Spillane (5-2-1, 2.73 GAA, .898sv%) and freshman Rob Madore (4-2-1, 2.79 GAA, .906sv%). UV ranks eighth nationally in power play efficiency (20.5%).
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and St. Lawrence will meet for the fourth time in an all-time series which the Bulldogs have a 2-1 edge. FSU skated to a 4-1 home triumph over the Saints in the last meeting (11/26) between the two teams in the 1999-00 season at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris began the series with a 4-1 victory versus SLU in the championship game (1/3) of the 1993 Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. FSU is presently tied with Colgate at 4-4-0 in their all-time series which originated in the 1999-00 season. The Bulldogs suffered a pair of home setbacks to the Raiders in the 2004-05 campaign (10/8-9), losing 5-4 and 4-2. Prior to those pair of losses, Ferris State had prevailed in four of the previous five encounters. Ferris State and Vermont have never met.
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.
Regular Season Tourneys – Ferris State has registered a 19-16-4 all-time record (.538) in regular-season tournaments after producing a 2-0-0 mark last season (12/29-30) at Connecticut’s Toyota UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs, Conn. The Bulldogs notched a 2-1 decision over Brown (12/29) in a semifinal round tilt and then bested host Connecticut, 5-0, in the championship game (12/30). Prior to that tourney title, the last time Ferris State won a regular-season tournament was in the 2004-05 season when the Bulldogs defended their Badger Hockey Showdown title with a 5-3 win over host Wisconsin (1/1). FSU also claimed the 2003 Badger Hockey Showdown as a result of notching a 3-1 decision versus Wisconsin (12/28). Head coach Bob Daniels has totaled a 15-9-2 mark (.615) in regular-season tourney outings.
Climbing The Ladder – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) moved into 17th place among Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders with a season-high tying 33 stops against Alabama-Huntsville (12/12). Nagle, who currently has compiled 669 career stops in 28 appearances, surpassed Mike Szkodzinski’s (1996-98) 656 career saves total and is presently 207 stops away from tying Norm Young (1982-85; 876 career saves) for 16th place on the all-time charts.
Productive Game – Senior right wing Corey Couturier’s (Traverse City) two goals versus Alabama-Huntsville (12/13) tied a personal career single-game high. Couturier tallied a pair of lamplighters in a home league contest against Notre Dame last season (10/26). Four (3-1=4) of his eight points (6-2=8) this season in 19 outings to date occurred in the two-game non-league home set (12/12-13) against UAH.
Scoring Leaders – FSU’s current seven double-digit points producers this season have presently accounted for 62.1% (87-140) of the team’s points output and 57.4% (31-54) of the Bulldogs’ goal-scoring production.
Worthy Nominee – Junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has been nominated for the 13th annual Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented to the NCAA college hockey player who best exemplifies personal character, a commitment to studies, and whose contributions to their community is worthy of attention. The finalists will be announced in January 2009 with the awards presentation to take place April 10 at the Frozen Four.
Close Encounters – Fifteen of Ferris State’s 20 contests this season have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 6-6-3 record in those games. Thirteen of the last 14 FSU?outings have been determined by two goals or less as the Bulldogs have generated a 6-5-1 ledger.
Three Times – Pat Nagle has compiled a season-high tying 33 saves in each of his last three appearances to date and has made at least 30 stops in a game four times this season. He has made 33 saves at Northern Michigan (11/29), against Notre Dame (12/6), and vs. Alabama-Huntsville (12/12). Nagle, who has 326 saves in 12 2008-09 games, is 17 saves shy of matching his 343 stops in 16 2007-08 outings.
Regular-Season Tourney Scoring – Ferris State is averaging 2.88 goals (23 total) in its last eight regular-season tournament contests while the opposition has scored an average of 2.50 goals (20 total) during that span. The Bulldogs are operating at 12.3% (7-57) efficiency on their power-play chances and are at 86.8% (46-53)?efficiency in penalty killing.
Warming Trend – Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) has tallied at least a point in four of his last six games while netting five points (0-5=5) in that span. Haines’ 11 points (3-8=11) in 20 games this campaign represents a career single-season high, bettering his eight points (4-4=8) in 33 contests for the 2007-08 season.
Goal Scorer – Junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has tallied a goal in three of the Bulldogs’ last five contests. The FSU assistant captain has a team second-place best seven lamplighters (7-6=13) in 20 games this campaign to date after racking up a squad-best 14 goals (14-10=24) in 36 outings a season ago.
Solid Start – Junior center Aaron Lewicki’s (Livonia) 13 points (8-5=13) in 19 games this season already matches his 2007-08 season total of 13 points (4-9=13) in 39 contests. Lewicki, who was Ferris State’s 2007-08 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative, is two points shy of equalling his career single-season high of 15 points (9-6=15) set as a freshman in 32 2006-07 outings.
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, 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.
Seeing Red – Defenseman 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 is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke and goaltender Pat Nagle were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki 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.