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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will close out the home portion of its 2006-07 regular-season schedule this weekend (Feb. 16-17) as the Bulldogs square off against the Bowling Green State University Falcons in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. This Friday's (Feb. 16) series opener will commence at 7:05 p.m. (EST) while the puck will drop for Saturday's (Feb. 17) tilt at 5:05 p.m. (EST). The games represent the first and only regular-season meetings between the two teams for the 2006-07 campaign.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 10-19-3 overall and 7-15-2 in CCHA action with a 2-1 league victory over the nationally fifth-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday (Feb. 13) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who are now 4-4-0 in their last eight contests to date, have compiled a 7-8-1 home record this campaign. Ferris has a current four-game home winning streak.
Bowling Green State is presently 6-24-2 overall and 4-19-1 in the CCHA following a 3-2 league win against the nationally-ranked Michigan Wolverines last Friday (Feb. 9) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The victory snapped the Falcons’ 10-game (0-9-1) non-winning streak as BG’s last triumph came in a 5-1 home decision over Western Michigan (Jan. 5). The Falcons are 2-15-0 on the road and 4-9-2 at home this campaign.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 235-283-51 (.458) – (20-15-6 vs. Bowling Green State). 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.
Bowling Green State – Scott Paluch (Bowling Green State, 1991), 5th season, 54-106-20 (.356) – (1-7-2 vs. Ferris State). Paluch earned both All-America and All-CCHA First Team honors as a senior at BGSU in the 1987-88 season. He served as an associate head coach at Boston College from 1995-02 prior to becoming the fifth coach in the 34-year history of BGSU Hockey on April 15, 2002.
The Series: Although Ferris State trails 48-39-11 in its all-time series versus Bowling Green State, the Bulldogs are 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings. FSU won both meetings a season ago, winning 2-1 at home (10/29) and then notching a 6-5 trumph at Bowling Green (1/16) in a contest which was originally held Oct. 27 but had to be suspended after the first period due to ice conditions. Ferris is 21-18-6 at home against the Falcons, which includes a 6-1-2 mark in its last nine home encounters. The last eight games have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs sporting a 5-1-2 record in those outings. FSU is 9-10-5 all-time in February contests, which includes a 7-6-3 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. Bowling Green State was chosen to finish 11th 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.
Streak Ends – Senior left wing Matt Verdone’s (Summerstown, Ontario) had his career-high 10-game point streak snapped versus Michigan State Tuesday (1/13). In the 10 contests, Verdone racked up 13 points (6-7=13). He’s one point shy of tying his career season-best 23 points (15-8=23) in 38 contests last season and presently has racked up 22 points (10-12=22) in 32 games this campaign.
He Likes The CCHA– Sophomore left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has compiled a career-best 17 points (10-7=17) in 31 contests this season with 14 points (8-6=14) occurring in CCHA play. Connolly produced seven points (1-6=7) in 36 games for the 2005-06 season.
Career High – Senior defenseman Joe Van Culin’s (Monticello, Minn.) 12 points (4-8=12) in 32 contests this season represents a career high, eclipsing his 11 points (3-8=11) in 39 outings for the 2004-05 campaign. Van Culin, who has tallied at least a point in three (0-4=4) of his last four contests, was selected as a finalist for the Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge at the 2007 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four (April 6) in St. Louis, Mo. Voting concluded Feb. 12 and the participants will be announced in mid to late February. Van Culin, FSU’s 2004-05 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, had three points (1-2=3) in 27 games a season ago in the squad’s first 31 contests.
Productive 2007 – Junior goaltender Derek MacIntyre (Stanwood) improved to 5-1-0 in 2007 with Tuesday’s (1/13) decision over Michigan State. MacIntyre has produced a 3.37 goals-against average (22 goals allowed) and an .888 saves percentage (174 saves) in those seven 2007 contests. MacIntyre, a 2004-05 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team selection, totaled 23 stops against the Spartans and is averaging 27.3 saves (82 total) in his last three appearances. A 2004 eighth-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks, MacIntyre began 2007 with wins in his first three outings – at Northern Michigan (1/6), at Wayne State (1/13), and versus Nebraska-Omaha (1/20) with 35 stops. MacIntyre made only one 2006 appearance during the 2005-06 campaign and made 20 saves in a 5-0 loss at Northern Michigan (1/13).
On The Shelf – Sophomore defenseman Chris Zarb (Waterford) will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering an injury at Michigan State last Friday (2/9). Zarb is the team’s top-scoring defenseman this season with a career-high 14 points (1-13=14) in 29 games and is a 2004 fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers. He generated 10 points (0-10=10) in 29 contests as a freshman last season.
Regular Season Home Finales – Ferris State is 5-13-2 (.300) in its final two regular-season home outings since 1996-97. The Bulldogs went 0-1-1 in their last two regular-season home encounters a season ago, losing 3-2 to Notre Dame (2/11) and skating to a 3-3 overtime tie with Michigan (2/24). The last time Ferris faced Bowling Green to conclude the home portion of its regular season schedule was in the 1998-99 campaign (2/27/99) when the Bulldogs suffered a 6-4 loss to the Falcons in their home finale.
Miller Time – Junior center Adam Miller (Livonia) recorded the game-winning goal in Tuesday’s (1/13) win over Michigan State with a late third-period lamplighter. The goal was his third career game winner after recording two such tallies a season ago – at Denver (12/31) and at Western Michigan (2/3).
Best For Last – Senior right wing Zac Pearson (White Lake) is one point shy of matching his career season-best 26 points (6-20=26) set in 40 games last season. Pearson has a current team-high 25 points (8-17=25) in 30 games this campaign. His eight goals are also a career best, bettering his seven lamplighters in 2004-05.
Senior Night – The Bulldogs will honor their six seniors prior to this Saturday’s (2/17) regular-season home finale against Bowling Green State. Forwards Mark Bomersback, Zac Pearson, Matt Verdone, and Eric Vesely along with defensemen Jeremy Scherlinck and Joe Van Culin will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.