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Weekly Notes Games 24-25: Nebraska-Omaha at Ferris State

January 15, 2007

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team returns to Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend (Jan. 19-20) as the Bulldogs entertain the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a two-game series at Big Rapids, Mich. A 7:05 p.m. (EST) start time is slated for both league contests at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.

    The Records: Ferris State is currently 6-14-3 overall and 3-10-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs split a non-league series against Wayne State last weekend (Jan. 12-13) at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Mich. The Bulldogs claimed a 7-3 win over the Warriors in Saturday’s (Jan. 13) tilt after suffering a 2-1 overtime loss in Friday’s (Jan. 12) contest. Ferris, which is 2-3-1 in its last six games, has compiled a 3-7-1 home record this campaign.

    Nebraska-Omaha is 10-10-6 overall and 7-7-2 in the CCHA following Tuesday’s (Jan. 16) 3-2 overtime non-league loss to Minnesota State at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. UNO registered a home league series sweep of Bowling Green State last weekend (Jan. 12-13) in Omaha, Neb. The Mavericks skated to a 2-1 victory in last Friday’s (Jan. 12) opener and then posted a 7-0 win over the Falcons in Saturday’s (Jan. 13) series finale. UNO, which is among other teams receiving votes in this week’s U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll, sports a 7-3-2 record in its last 12 outings. The Mavericks are 2-6-4 in away encounters this campaign. UNO is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a collegiate hockey program this 2006-07 campaign.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 231-278-51 (.458) – (5-11-2 vs. Nebraska-Omaha). 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 American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.

    Nebraska-OmahaMike Kemp (Gustavus Adolphus, 1975), 10th season, 154-181-43 (.464) – (11-5-2 vs. Ferris State). Kemp was named the 2004-05 CCHA Coach of the Year after guiding the Mavericks to an appearance in the CCHA Super 6 Tournament and is the only head coach in UNO's history.

    The Series: Nebraska-Omaha maintains an 11-5-2 advantage over Ferris State in the all-time series, which commenced in the 1999-00 season. The Mavericks have won the last three meetings, including recording a home series sweep of the Bulldogs last season (12/2 & 4) with 5-2 and 5-3 victories in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs, who are 3-5-2 at home against UNO, went 0-1-1 versus UNO at home during the 2004-05 campaign. Ferris skated to a 2-2 overtime tie before falling 4-1 to the Mavericks in the series finale. Ten of the last 12 meetings have been decided by three goals or more with the Bulldogs sporting a 5-5-0 record in those contests. FSU is 1-3-2 all-time in January encounters, which includes an 0-2-2 home ledger.

    2006-07 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was selected to finish ninth (55 points) in the 2006-07 CCHA Coaches Poll and seventh in the media poll (437 points), which was announced Sept. 27, 2006 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Michigan State (177 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll while Michigan (845 points) claimed top honors in the media balloting, finishing one point ahead of second-place Michigan State (844 points). A total of 77 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. Nebraska-Omaha placed fifth in both the CCHA Coaches and Media Polls.

    On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2006-07 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.

    Live Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State men's ice hockey home contests will be provided via the internet. Visit http://ccha.cstv.com/ and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature in the Schedules/Results section.

    Productive Link – Senior defenseman Jeremy Scherlinck’s (Grosse Pointe) three points (1-2=3) against Wayne State Saturday matched his career high. Scherlinck, who’s on a three-game point streak with five points (1-4=5), collected three assists in a home-ice win over Niagara (11/29/03). His seven points (2-5=7) in 12 games this season is one shy of equaling last season’s output of eight points (3-5=8) in 30 contests.

    First Lamplighter – Sophomore defenseman Chris Zarb (Waterford) tallied his first collegiate goal on Saturday at Wayne State in the third period. Zarb, who has compiled a career-best 12 points (1-11=12) in 21 outings this season, hadn’t scored a lamplighter in his previous 49 contests prior to Saturday. Zarb, a 2004 fifth-round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers, finished third among FSU defensemen in points a season ago with 10 total (0-10=10) in 29 appearances.

    Congrats! – Head coach Bob Daniels registered his 100th career road victory with Saturday’s victory at Wayne State. Daniels, the 2003 recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year, claimed his 100th career win March 6, 1999 with a 2-1 regular-season finale triumph at Michigan State.

    Season Best – Freshman center-right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) totaled three points (2-1=3) at Wayne State to surpass his two-points total (1-1=2) earlier this season at Western Michigan (10/20). Chupp also produced the Bulldogs’ second short-handed marker this campaign against the Warriors.

    Seven High – Ferris State’s seven goals at Wayne State Saturday matched a season high set on Oct. 13 in a 7-1 non-league decision over Mercyhurst. The last time FSU scored seven or more goals on multiple occasions in a season was 2003-04 when the Bulldogs accomplished the feat three times.

    Outshot – The Bulldogs have been outshot in three of their last four contests to date and are averaging 25.2 shots per game (101 total) to the opposition’s 27.2 average (109 total). In its initial 19 outings this campaign, Ferris outshot its opponent in 14 contests while averaging 34.3 shots (652 total) compared to the opposition’s 27.1 average (515 total).

    On The Winning Path – Junior goaltender Derek MacIntyre (Stanwood) registered his second win this season with 25 saves at Wayne State last Saturday. A 2004 eighth-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks, MacIntyre turned aside 27 shots at Northern Michigan (1/6) to achieve his first victory this campaign.

    Frosh Group – Ferris’ six-member freshmen class has combined for 20.9% (33-158) of the team’s points production and 27.6% (16-58) of the goal-scoring output this season. Cody Chupp (6-5=11) and freshman center Aaron Lewicki (5-4=9) lead the way.

    Warming UpAaron Lewicki (Livonia) has compiled four points (3-1=4) during a current three-game point streak. Lewicki, who had went scoreless in his previous nine contests, also strung together a three-game point string (2-3=5) earlier this season (10/7-14).

    No Jinx – Sophomore left wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) five points (1-4=5) in 14 games this campaign represents a career high, bettering his four points (2-2=4) in 25 contests last season.

    Out For The Season – Junior defenseman Jim Jorgensen (Sault Ste. Marie) will be sidelined the remainder of the 2006-07 season as a result of a broken leg injury suffered at Northern Michigan (1/6). Jorgensen had 10 points (3-7=10) in 20 games which ranked second among the squad’s defensemen. Senior center Mark Bomersback (Rochester, Alberta) also had a broken leg injury in the 2006-07 season opener versus Union (10/6), but returned to action for the Dec. 29 contest against Massachusetts after missing 16 games.



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