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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will square off against the Western Michigan University Broncos this weekend (Jan. 25-26) in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series. Ferris visits WMU in this Friday’s (Jan. 25) series opener at Kalamazoo, Mich. Opening faceoff is set for 7:35 p.m. (EST) at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena. The Bulldogs then host the Broncos in this Saturday’s (Jan. 26) rematch at Big Rapids, Mich. The puck will drop for the series finale at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in what marks the final regular-season meeting between the two West Michigan schools for the 2007-08 campaign.
2007-08 Ferris State Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2007-08 Bulldog home hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets Plus at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets Plus' website: www.starticketsplus.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan.
The Records: Ferris State is 10-10-2 overall and 7-8-1 in the CCHA following a league series split against Northern Michigan last weekend (Jan. 18-19) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. FSU skated to a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in last Friday's (Jan. 18) opener before being dealt a 4-1 loss Saturday (Jan. 19) evening in a nationally-televised College Sports Television (CSTV) contest. The Bulldogs are 5-4-1 in their last 10 contests to date. FSU is 5-4-0 on the road and 4-6-2 at home this campaign. Ferris State compiled a 14-22-3 overall record for the 2006-07 campaign, which included a ninth place 10-16-2 CCHA mark. The Bulldogs were 9-8-1 at home, 5-14-1 on the road, and 0-0-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
Western Michigan dropped to 6-17-1 overall and 2-14-0 in the CCHA to date after dropping both games of a league home-and-home series against Bowling Green State last weekend (Jan. 18-19). The Broncos suffered a 4-1 loss to the Falcons in last Friday’s (Jan. 18)?series opener at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. WMU then came out on the short end of a 2-1 overtime loss to Bowling Green in Saturday’s (Jan. 19) tilt at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos, who are midst a six-game losing skid, are 5-8-0 at home and 1-8-0 on the road this campaign. A season ago, Western Michigan compiled an 18-18-1 overall record with a sixth-place 14-13-1 CCHA ledger.
The All-Time Series: Western Michigan has a current 64-43-6 lead over Ferris State in the all-time series which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The Bulldogs are 17-36-3 on the road, 25-24-3 at home, and 1-4-0 at neutral sites versus the Broncos. Ferris is 20-16-1 (.554) versus Western in the last 37 meetings, which includes an 11-5-1 home ledger. FSU swept both games of a home-and-home series earlier this season (11/30-12/1), winning 4-0 at home (11/30) and then registering a 3-2 victory (12/1) in Kalamazoo. Last season, the two teams split a four-game series with the Bulldogs registering a 2-1 win at WMU (10/20) before dropping a 5-3 home decision to the Broncos (10/21). FSU notched a 4-0 home victory (11/21), but then was dealt a 5-2 setback by Western in the series finale (1/23). Ferris State is averaging 3.52 goals per game (398 total) in the all-time series while Western Michigan has averaged 4.19 goals an outing (473 total) for a 0.67 goals per contest differential. Five of the last 11 meetings have been decided by two goals or less with FSU compiling a 4-1-0 mark in those game. The Bulldogs are 28-31-0 (.475) in games decided by three goals or more and 15-33-6 (.333) in games determined by two goals or less. FSU is 13-7-2 all-time in January contests versus the Broncos - 5-3-2 on the road and 8-4-0 at home.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 249-296-53 (.461) – (25-24-2 vs. Western Michigan - 11-14-1 Away; 14-9-1 Home; 1-0-0 Neutral). 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 Michigan – Jim Culhane (Western Michigan, 1987), 9th season, 134-172-31 (.444) – (14-18-0 vs. Ferris State). Culhane, who played at WMU from 1983-87, is the first former Bronco varsity player to serve as the program’s head coach. He went on to play five professional seasons, including a stint with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers in 1989-90.
About Western Michigan: Junior right wing Patrick Galivan (7-15=22) currently leads the Broncos in scoring this season. Junior left wing Jeff LoVecchio (7-8=15), freshman center Max Campbell (3-10=13), and sophomore left wing Cam Watson (7-3=10) have also posted double-digit points totals. Sophomore Riley Gill (4-12-0, 3.44 GAA., .892sv%) and frosh Jerry Kuhn (2-5-1, 2.27 GAA, .925sv%) have been WMU’s goaltenders this season. Nationally, the Broncos are tops in penalty minutes (20.0 avg.) per game.
30th Anniversary – The 2007-08 season represents the 30th anniversary for the Ferris State men’s ice hockey program competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Bulldogs registered a 10-24-0 overall record in the 1978-79 season which marked their NCAA Division I debut.
2007-08 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was selected to finish ninth with 44 points in the 2007-08 CCHA Coaches Poll while the Bulldogs were tabbed eighth by the media (279 points), which was announced Sept. 25, 2007 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Miami (114 points) was selected as the favorite in the coaches poll while 2006-07 NCAA Division I National Champion Michigan State (701 points) claimed top honors in the media balloting. A total of 63 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. This weekend's opponent, Western Michigan was chosen to place 10th in the coaches poll and seventh by the media.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2007-08 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be heard live on Big Country WWBR (100.9 FM) with Bill Beckwith providing the play-by-play.
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: All statistics for the 2007-08 Ferris State men's ice hockey home games along with all Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be followed via GameTracker on Ferris State's Hockey Website at www.ferris.edu/sports/hockey and then click on 2007-08 Schedule/Results. GameTracker is a service of Online College Sports and is a real time update of the action. If the GameTracker logo is shown for that game then there will be a GameTracker link. For the other CCHA contests, visit http://ccha.cstv.com/ and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature.
Goal Scorer – Sophomore left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has recorded all of his eight points (8-0=8) this season on goals. Riley, who has a combined five lamplighters in his last four outings to date, is one point shy of matching his nine points (3-6=9) in 34 games a season ago. The 2007 Toyota UConn Hockey Classic’s Most Valuable Player has compiled 64.7% (11 goals) of his 17 career points on lamplighters in 53 career outings.
Showing Progress – The Bulldogs have five more victories this season (10-10-2 overall) compared to a season ago (5-14-3 overall) at this time. In CCHA play, Ferris State has 15 league points (7-8-1) this campaign after generating eight points (3-10-2) last season.
Freshmen Contribute – Ferris’ freshmen class has combined for 23.3% (36-154) of the team’s points output with defenseman Zach Redmond (4-7=11) and center Justin Menke (3-8=11) leading the way.
Four More – Ferris State is four victories away from matching last season’s 14-win total (14-22-3 overall) as the Bulldogs’ current 10 victories this season (10-10-2) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.
Mighty Mitch – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) moved into seventh place among FSU’s all-time saves leaders with 30 stops in Saturday’s (1/19) home contest against Northern Michigan. O’Keefe has amassed 1,795 career saves in 75 appearances to date and surpassed Pat Mazzoli’s (1990-93) 1,780-career saves total. He’s now 81 saves shy of tying Marc Felicio (1987-91; 1,876 career saves) for sixth place. O’Keefe, the 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year, placed eighth among FSU’s single-season leaders in goals-against average (3.03) and 12th in minutes played (1,681:58) a season ago in 29 appearances.
Chupp On Hobey Baker Watch List – Cody Chupp, the 2006-07 FSU Rookie of the Year Award recipient, is among over 70 NCAA Division I hockey players who have been nominated this season for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player. The annual Vote For Hobey program is now open and college hockey fans can go on-line to vote for their favorite candidates at hobeybaker.com. The first phase of the fan balloting will run though March 9, 2008. The 2008 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 11, 2008 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Denver, Colo. The 28th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live on ESPNU. Former Ferris State All-American Chris Kunitz, who currently stars for the 2006-07 National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion the Anaheim Ducks, was a 2002-03 Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist.
Nail-Biters – Twelve of Ferris’ 22 games this season have been decided by two goals or less, including six one-goal contests and two ties. The Bulldogs are 3-3-0 in one-goal games and 1-3-0 in two-goal margins. Last season, FSU was 5-7-0 in one-goal outings and 2-6-0 in two-goal affairs.
Sidelined – Junior right-left wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) and freshman right wing Todd Pococke (Saginaw) are sidelined indefinitely. Couturier has a fractured foot while Pococke has mono.
All or Nothing – The Bulldogs have tallied 39 goals in their 10 wins to date for this season compared to 15 markers in their 10 losses. FSU has given up only 10 goals in its wins while allowing 36 lamplighters in the team’s losses. Ferris State has outscored its opponent 16-2 in the second period when victorious and have been outscored 17-5 in the third period when the outcome favors the opposition.