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Weekly Notes Games 5-6: Ferris State vs. Western Michigan

October 17, 2006

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey will start Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend (Oct. 20-21) as the Bulldogs faceoff against the Western Michigan Broncos in a home-and-home series. This Friday's (Oct. 20) 7:35 p.m. (EDT) series opener will be held at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The two West Michigan foes will conclude the weekend series this Saturday (Oct. 21) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. A 7:05 p.m. (EDT) start time is scheduled for the league home opener.

    The Records: Ferris State evened its overall record to 2-2-0 with a non-league series sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers last weekend (Oct. 13-14) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs skated to a 7-1 win in last Friday's (Oct. 13) series opener before notching a 5-4 decision over the Lakers in Saturday's (Oct. 14) finale.

    Western Michigan is presently 1-1-0 both overall and in the CCHA after registering a 3-2 league victory over nationally-ranked Michigan State last Sunday (Oct. 15) at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos dropped a 4-1 decision to the Spartans in last Friday's (Oct. 13) CCHA series opener at East Lansing, Mich. WMU, which was among other teams receiving votes in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll, was 10-24-6 overall for the 2005-06 campaign.

    The Series: Western Michigan has a 62-39-6 lead over Ferris State despite the Bulldogs having won 10 of the last 14 meetings, which includes a current five-game winning streak. Ferris swept last season's four-game series - winning 6-0 (Nov. 11) and 7-2 (Feb. 4) at home while prevailing on the road 5-3 (Nov. 12) and 4-2 (Feb. 3). The Bulldogs are 15-35-3 on the road, 23-23-3 at home, and 1-4-0 at neutral sites versus the Broncos. FSU sports a 5-11-2 mark all-time in October encounters - 2-7-0 on the road and 3-3-2 at home.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 227-266-48 (.464) – (21-22-2 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 ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.

    Western MichiganJim Culhane (Western Michigan, 1987), 8th season, 111-138-29 (.451) – (12-14-0 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.

    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.

    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.

    First One Counts – Junior defenseman Jim Jorgensen (Sault Ste. Marie) tallied his first career game-winning goal in last Saturday’s (10/14) 5-4 non-league win over Mercyhurst with an unassisted marker at 14:18 of the third period. Jorgensen was the Bulldogs’ top scoring defenseman last season with a career-high 16 points (1-15=16) in 32 contests. In 70 career games, Jorgensen has totaled 25 points (4-21=25).

    Firepower – Ferris State has outshot its opponents in all four games this season and is averaging 40.8 shots per outing (163 total shots) compared to the opposition’s 23.8 shots per game (95 total shots). The Bulldogs have recorded 40 or more shots on net in their initial three contests this campaign.

    Productive Freshmen – The Bulldogs are getting solid production from their freshmen class which has accounted for six of the team’s 17 goals (35.3%)and 14-of-45 scoring points (31.1%) to date. Center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) and right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) each have a team-high tying five points (2-3=5)in four outings this season.

    League Openers – Since the 2000-01 season, Ferris is 3-6-3 (.375) in conference-opening series and 1-4-1 (.250) in its CCHA opener. The Bulldogs skated to pair of overtime ties (4-4 and 1-1) in last season’s (10/21-22) conference-opening series at Lake Superior State. In the 2003-04 campaign, Ferris suffered a 4-2 loss at Western Michigan (10/10) before recording a 5-2 home triumph over the Broncos in the series finale (10/11).

    Just In Case – The Bulldogs have two skaters on this season’s squad with the same last name (Case)and the both are defensemen. However the similarities end there as sophomore Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods) and freshman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) are no relation.

    Still Together – A pair of freshmen forwards, Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) and Aaron Lewicki were teammates a season ago in the junior ranks for the Texarkana (Texas) Bandits. Haines earned second-team North American Hockey League (NAHL) honors in 2005-06 with a team-high 73 points (29-44=73) in 58 games while Lewicki tallied a squad-best 34 goals as part of his 56 points (34-22=56) in as many games. Haines concluded his three-year (2003-06) as Texarkana’s second all-time leading points getter.

    Home Product – Freshman center Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) is the most recent local product to be on the Bulldogs’ roster. Chupp, who inked with FSU during last November’s early-signing period, played at Waterloo (Iowa) last season and was named team MVP after producing 42 points (14-28=42)in 57 contests. Chupp was a three-time (2000-03) prep all-stater at Big Rapids (Mich.) High School and a 2003 graduate.



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