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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will continue Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play this weekend (Nov. 17-18) as the Bulldogs entertain the nationally-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines in a two-game set at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The two teams will square off again during the 2006-07 regular season in late January (26-27) at Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 3-6-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the CCHA after going 0-1-1 in a two-game league series against Michigan State last week. The Bulldogs posted a 2-2 overtime tie versus the Spartans last Tuesday (Nov. 7) at MSU's Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Ferris then suffered a 6-0 home setback to MSU in Friday's (Nov. 10) rematch at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs are 2-4-0 at home and 1-2-1 in away outings this season.
Michigan improved to 7-3-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the CCHA after recording a two-game home series sweep of Nebraska-Omaha last weekend (Nov. 10-11) at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines posted a 6-4 triumph over the Mavericks in last Friday's (Nov. 10) series' opener and then claimed a 5-1 victory in Saturday's (Nov. 11) finale to extend their current winning streak to three. Michigan is ranked eighth this week in all three major polls -- Inside College Hockey.com (INCH), USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV.
The Series: Michigan maintains a 54-26-3 lead over Ferris State in an all-time series which started in the 1981-82 season. The Bulldogs are 16-20-2 at home versus the Wolverines, which includes a 5-2-1 ledger in their last eight home appearances. Ferris State compiled a 1-2-1 mark against Michigan last season. The Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at home in the season's first meeting (2/24/06) and then notched a 4-3 overtime season-finale triumph on UM's ice the next night (2/25/06) as a result of Ferris' Zac Pearson tallying the game winner 42 seconds into the extra session. FSU was eliminated by the Wolverines from the CCHA Tournament in the quarterfinals (3/10-11/06) as the Bulldogs dropped a pair of 6-4 and 3-2 decisions in Ann Arbor. Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State is 4-4-1 in those contests. The Bulldogs sport a 5-14-1 mark all-time in November encounters, including a 3-7-0 home record.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 228-270-49 (.462) – (10-28-2 vs. 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.
Michigan – Gordon "Red" Berenson (Michigan, 1972), 23rd season, 592-281-63 (.666) – (50-21-2 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is Michigan's all-time winningest coach and ranks eighth on the NCAA Hockey's all-time coaching victories list. He was named the CCHA's Coach of the Year in 1994.
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. Alaska was chosen seventh in the coaches poll.
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.
Making A Point – Sophomore center Dan Riedel (Rochester Hills) has compiled at least a point in five of his seven contests this season after concluding the 2005-06 campaign with a six-game point streak (3-3=6). The 2005-06 CCHA All-Rookie Team selection scored a point or more in 25 of his 41 career contests, which included 20 in 34 games a season ago.
Power-Play Pearson – Senior right wing Zac Pearson (White Lake), who had the tying goal on the power play in Tuesday’s overtime tie at Michigan State, has generated 19 career power-play points with five goals and 14 assists which includes four points (3-1=4) this season. Pearson, who went 2-10=12 last season on the power play, has amassed 33.9% (19-56) of his career production during power-play situations.
Home Points Leaders – Ferris State’s top three points leaders at home this season – Dan Riedel (1-5=6), freshman center Aaron Lewicki (2-3=5) and freshman right wing Blair Riley (2-3=5) have generated 29.6% (16-54) of the team’s scoring output in the Bulldogs’ six home encounters.
Two-Time Leader – Junior defenseman Adam Welch (Hastings, Minn.) is in his second straight season as the Bulldogs’ team captain. Welch, who has three points (1-2=3) in 10 games to date this season, wore the captain’s ‘C’ in the 2005-06 campaign as a sophomore and became the only underclassmen to do so in head coach Bob Daniels’ tenure at FSU.
On The Shelf – Senior left wing Mark Bomersback (Rochester, Alberta), Ferris State’s top returning points leader from 2005-06 with 32 points (16-16=32) in 40 games, suffered a broken leg in this season’s opener against Union (10/6) and will be sidelined until mid-December.
Fire Away – Ferris State has outshot the opposition in nine of its nine contests this season as the Bulldogs are averaging 35.0 shots per contest (350 total) during the 10-game span. Last season in its initial 10 outings, Ferris outshot its opponent four times while averaging 30.6 shots a game (306 total).
Stitching an ‘A’ On The Jersey – Sophomore right wing Matt Frank (Billings, Mont.) and senior defenseman Jeremy Scherlinck (Grosse Pointe) were recently named assistant team captains. The two join Mark Bomersback as Bulldog assistant captains for the 2006-07 season. Frank received Ferris State’s Most Improved Player Award last season while Scherlinck is the lone holdover from the Bulldogs’ 2002-03 CCHA Championship team.
Season Debut – Jeremy Scherlinck is expected to be in the lineup for this weekend’s (11/17-18) Michigan series after being sidelined for the Bulldogs’ first 10 games of the season due to injury. A 2002-03 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention pick, Scherlinck posted eight points (3-5=8) in 30 games on the blueline last season after missing the entire 2004-05 campaign as a result of an injury.
Nearing The Golden Number – Senior left wing Matt Verdone (Summerstown, Ontario) remains two points shy of registering his 50th career point. Verdone, who had a career season-high 23 points (15-8=23)?in 38 2005-06 outings, has currenlty compiled 48 career points (25-23=48) in 114 contests.
Net Woes – Sophomore goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) is 3-6-1 with a 2.81 goals-against average (27 goals allowed) and an .884 save percentage (205 saves) in 10 appearances this year. He was 4-1-4 with a 2.25 goals-against average (21 goals allowed) and a .916 save percentage (230 saves) in his initial nine contests for the 2005-06 season.