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Dates/Start Times: Friday-Saturday (Dec. 12-13) at Big Rapids, Michigan; Friday & Saturday - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with Bill Beckwith calling the action. Listen
Television: No Television
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey closes out the 2008 portion of its 2008-09 season schedule this weekend (Dec. 12-13) as the Bulldogs take on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in a two-game non-league series at Big Rapids, Mich. The puck will drop for both contests at 7:05 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.
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 Friday's (Dec. 12) contest against Alabama-Huntsville 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 stands at 7-8-3 overall and 6-6-2-0 in the CCHA this season after suffering a pair of home league losses to nationally top-ranked Notre Dame last weekend (Dec. 5-6) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs fell to the Fighting Irish by a 3-1 count in last Friday's (Dec. 5) contest and then came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision in Saturday's (Dec. 6) series finale. FSU is 2-5-0 in its last seven appearance to date. The Bulldogs have registered a 3-6-0 mark in home outings this campaign. 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).
Alabama-Huntsville is currently 2-7-1 overall and 1-4-1 in College Hockey America (CHA) play this season after being dealt a pair of league losses by Bemidji State last weekend (Dec. 5-6) at BSU’s John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn. The Chargers sufferd a 3-1 setback to Bemidji State in last Friday’s (Dec. 5) opener and then dropped a 4-2 decision in Saturday’s (Dec. 6) rematch. UAH, which has posted 1-4-0 in its last five contests, is 1-6-1 on the road this season. A season ago, Alabama-Huntsville registered a 6-21-4 overall record with a fifth-place 3-13-4 conference mark.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State has a 2-1-0 lead over Alabama-Huntsville in an all-time series which began in the 1985-86 season. The Bulldogs are 2-0-0 at home versus the Chargers after sweeping a two-game home series in the 1985-86 campaign (10/25-26/85) with 7-2 and 13-3 victories. Alabama-Huntsville would notch its first win over Ferris State in the 2002-03 season (12/29) as the Chargers skated to a 5-4 overtime decision in the opening game of the 2002 Connecticut Classic in Storrs, Conn. In the two home meetings versus UAH, the Bulldogs are averaging 10.0 goals per outing (20 total) during those two encounters while the Chargers have averaged 2.50 goals a game (five total) for a +7.50 goals differential. Ferris State is averaging 8.00 goals an outing (24 total) in the three matchups compared to Alabama-Huntsville’s 3.33 goals per game average (10 total) for a difference of +4.67 goals a contest.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 264-310-59 (.465) – (0-1-0 vs. Alabama-Huntsville – 0-0-0 Home, 0-0-0 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.
Alabama-Huntsville – Danton Cole (Michigan State, 1991), 2nd season, 8-28-5 (.256) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Cole was named the third coach in UAH’s history in April 2007 after serving as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State in the 2006-07 season. Prior to BGSU, Cole spent three seasons (2002-04) as the head coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins and is the winningest coach in the franchise’s history with a 116-72-17 mark. As a player at Michigan State (1986-89), Cole helped lead the Spartans to a national title in 1986 and won a Stanley Cup as a member of the New Jersey Devils. Cole spent six seasons playing in the National Hockey League (NHL).
About Alabama-Huntsville: The Chargers rank 54th nationally in scoring offense (1.90 avg.) and are 34th in scoring defense (2.90). Freshman forward Cody Campbell (1-6=7) is UAH’s top points getter while sophomore forward Andrew Coburn (2-4=6) and junior defenseman Brandon Roshko (0-5=5). In goal for the Chargers are sophomore Cameron Talbot (1-5-1, 2.24 GAA, .931sv%) and junior Blake MacNicol (1-2-0, 4.01 GAA, .867sv%).
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.
A Season Ago – Ferris State turned in a 3-2-0 record (.600) last December while the Bulldogs were paced in scoring by junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) and sophomore center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) each totaled five points (0-5=5) apiece. Junior left-right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) posted all of his four points for the month on lamplighters.
Non-League Leader – Junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has currently registered a team-leading 15 career points (9-6=15) in 24 non-league contests, which includes 10 points (6-4=10) in nine 2006-07 season non-conference outings. Lewicki has currently posted two points (1-1=2) in three non-league games this season.
Close Encounters – Ferris State’s last 12 contests have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 5-6-1 record in those games. This season, FSU has been involved in 15 outings with the outcome determined by two goals or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 6-6-3 mark.
Busy Night – Sophomore goalkeeper Pat Nagle’s (Bloomfield) 33 saves against Notre Dame last Saturday (12/6) tied a personal season single-game high, matching his 33 stops in his previous appearance at Northern Michigan (11/29). Nagle turned aside a career-best 36 shots a season ago (2/16/08) in a 3-1 home victory over nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio).
Lamplighter – Four of Cody Chupp’s last five points (4-1=5) to date over the past 13 contests have occurred on goals, which included a second-period power-play lamplighter in last Friday’s (12/5) 3-1 home loss to nationally top-ranked Notre Dame.
Closing In – Pat Nagle is 50 saves away from matching his 343-saves total in 16 appearances last season. Nagle has amassed 293 stops in 11 games this campaign. The Bulldog netminder has played 661:38 minutes between the posts this season after receiving action in 866:54 minutes a season ago.
Scoring Leaders – Ferris State’s top three scoring leaders, senior left wing Brendan Connolly (4-10=14), senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (7-5=12), and sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (1-11=12), have accounted for 32.2% (38-118) of the team’s points production this season to date.
Experience Counts – The Bulldogs’ upperclassmen have combined to account for 77.8% (35-45) of the team’s goal-scoring output this season. The six juniors have accounted for 21 goals this campaign, which includes 13 tallies at home.
Moving Up The Charts – Pat Nagle, who currently has 636 career saves in 27 appearances, is within 20 of tying Mike Szkodzinski (1996-98; 656 career saves) for 17th place on FSU’s all-time leaders list. Nagle’s 2.51 goals-against average (64 goals allowed) presently is fifth among Ferris’ all-time bests.
Home Contests – Ferris State is averaging 2.2 goals per game (20 total) in nine home outings this campaign while the opposition has scored 2.6 goals per contest (23 total). The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent 9-5 in the opening period, but have been outscored 9-6 in the second and 9-5 in the third.
Top Non-League Performers – Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) leads Ferris State in non-league scoring this season with five points (2-3=5) four games while junior right wing Blair Riley’s (Kamloops, British Columbia) four points (2-2=4) ranks second most on the squad. Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is 1-0-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average (six goals allowed) and an .864 save percentage (38 saves) in two appearances. FSU is 1-2-1 this season in non-league contests while averaging 3.5 goals per game (14 total) to the opposition’s 4.2 goals an outing (17 total).
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.