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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will go up against the Western Michigan University Broncos for the fourth and final time during the 2006-07 regular season this Tuesday (Jan. 23) evening in a 7:35 p.m. (EST) Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contest at WMU's Harry W. Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich..
The Records: Ferris State improved to 7-15-3 overall and 4-11-2 in the CCHA to date with a 7-3 league victory over Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday (Jan. 20) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Mavericks in last Friday’s (Jan. 19) weekend series opener. Ferris, which is 3-4-1 in its last eight outings, has registered a 3-7-1 road record this campaign.
Western Michigan is currently 9-13-1 overall and 8-10-1 in CCHA play after dropping a 3-0 league decision to nationally-ranked Notre Dame last Saturday (Jan. 20) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos earned a split in the two-game CCHA series by claiming a 3-2 home victory over the Fighting Irish in last Friday’s (Jan. 19) weekend series opener. WMU, which is 3-2-0 in its last five outings, sports a 5-5-0 home record this season.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 232-279-51 (.458) – (23-23-2 vs. Western Michigan). 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.
Western Michigan – Jim Culhane (Western Michigan, 1987), 8th season, 119-150-30 (.448) – (13-16-0 vs. Ferris State). Culhane owns the second-longest head coaching tenure at WMU and has directed the Broncos to a fifth place or higher finish in overall CCHA team scoring in five of seven seasons.
The Series: Western Michigan has a 63-41-6 all-time series lead advantage over Ferris State although the Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 17 meetings to date with the most recent being a 4-0 home decision (11/21). The teams split a series earlier this season (10/20-21) as FSU posted a 2-1 CCHA-opening win at Western Michigan (10/20) before the Broncos turned the tables with a 5-3 triumph on the Bulldogs' home ice the next night (10/21) which snapped a six-game series losing skid. Ferris State is 16-35-3 all-time in road contests against the Broncos and has won its last four away encounters. The Bulldogs are 13-6-2 in January contests, which includes a 5-2-2 road 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. Western Michigan was chosen to finish 12th place 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.
Playmaker Pearson – Senior right wing Zac Pearson (White Lake), the team’s leading scorer with 20 points (7-13=20) in 23 games, has recorded seven points (2-5=7) in his last five outings to date and is midst a current three-game point string (2-3=5). He turned in a three-point (2-1=3) game versus Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday (1/20), which matched his career single-game high. Pearson’s 20 points this campaign is six shy of matching his career-best 26 points (6-20=26) set in 40 games last season.
Drought Ends – Sophomore right wing J.T. Dahlinger (Grosse Pointe Park) picked up an assist in Saturday’s win against Nebraska-Omaha to end a 16-game non-scoring streak. Dahlinger’s last point was on a helper in a home win over Western Michigan (10/21). Dahlinger has posted a career-best seven points (1-6=7) in 23 contests this season, surpassing his one point (0-1=1) in 17 games a season ago.
A Happy New Year – Junior goaltender Derek MacIntyre (Stanwood) picked up his third straight win in 2007 with a season-best 35-save performance in a 6-3 league victory over Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday (1/20) in Big Rapids. MacIntyre, an eighth-round selection by the San Jose Sharks in the 2004 NHL Draft, has been victorious in the net the last three Saturdays. totaled 27 saves in a 5-3 decision at Northern Michigan (1/6) and then turned aside 25 shots in a 7-3 triumph at Wayne State (1/13). MacIntyre is 3-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in three outings this month compared to producing a 0-1-0 record with a 5.00 goals-against average along with an .800 save percentage in one January 2006 appearance.
Frosh Group – Ferris’ six-member freshmen class has combined for 20.7% (36-1748) of the team’s points production and 26.2% (17-65) of the goal-scoring output this season. Centers Cody Chupp (7-6=13) and Aaron Lewicki (5-4=9) are the top points producers.
First One – Sophomore defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods) recorded his first career point at Ferris State with an assist in last Friday’s loss to Nebraska-Omaha. Case has competed in 18 career outings to date and went scoreless in four contests last season.
CCHA Scorer – Zac Pearson has totaled a team-leading 15 points (5-10=15) in 17 CCHA encounters this season. In 95 career league games, Pearson has generated 47 points (12-35=47) which represents 66.2%?(47-71) of his career points output.
Off To The Pros – Sophomore center Dan Riedel (Rochester Hills) has departed the FSU hockey program to pursue a professional career. Riedel, a 2005-06 CCHA All-Rookie Team selection, had 12 points (3-9=12) in 19 games this season. Riedel has signed with the Phoenix RoadRunners of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and will make his professional debut this Friday (1/26) at Fresno.
Streaks – Senior defenseman Jeremy Scherlinck (Grosse Pointe) and Aaron Lewicki have posted a at least a point in the Bulldogs’ last three road games. Scherlinck has five points (1-4=5) and Lewicki has notched four points (3-1=4).
Did You Know? – Sophomore left wing Brendan Connolly’s (Canmore, Alberta) last five points have all occurred as the result of goals scored. Connolly, who has produced a career-high 12 points (7-5=12) in 24 contests this campaign, notched a lamplighter versus Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday (1/20). He tallied a pair of second-period markers at Northern Michigan (1/6) and scored a goal in back-to-back outings at Miami (12/2) and versus Lake Superior State (12/8).