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Weekly Notes Games 7-8: Ferris State at Ohio State

October 30, 2007

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team ventures to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend (Nov. 2 and 4) for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. The puck will drop for this Friday's (Nov. 2) series opener at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) while a 2:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff is scheduled for this Sunday's (Nov. 4) contest at OSU's Value City Arena. The series represents the only 2007-08 regular-season meetings between the two teams.

    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 improved to 2-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the CCHA after upsetting nationally 12th-ranked Notre Dame, 3-0, last Saturday (10/27) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris dropped a 3-2 home decision to the Fighting Irish in the Bulldogs' CCHA opener last Friday (10/26). FSU is presently 0-2-0 on the road, 2-1-1 at home, and 0-0-0 at neutral sites this season.

    Ohio State dropped to 2-4-0 overall and is 0-2-0 in the CCHA after suffering a pair of non-conference losses to nationally-ranked Minnesota last week (10/25-26) at UM’s Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. OSU suffered a 3-1 loss to the Gophers last Thursday (10/25) and then were dealt a 2-1 setback in Friday’s (10/26) series finale. The Buckeyes, who are presently midst a four-game losing string, were among teams receiving votes in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. OSU is 0-1-0 at home, 0-3-0 on the road, and 2-0-0 at neutral sites to date this campaign.

    The Series: Ferris State trails Ohio State 55-39-11 in the all-time series which dates back to the 1978-79 season. However, Ferris boasts a current four-game winning streak after skating to 4-2 and 6-2 victories over the Buckeyes in last season's (2/2-3) two-game series in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs are 12-33-8 on the road against Ohio State, which includes a 2-7-1 mark in their last 10 appearances. In the most recent series (2/17-18) at OSU's Value City Arena, FSU skated to a 3-3 overtime tie before dropping a 3-2 decision in the series rematch. Eleven of the last 13 meetings have been determined by two goals or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 6-6-1 record in those 13 encounters. Ferris sports a 9-7-3 mark in November matchups versus Ohio State and is 3-3-2 all-time in road outings during the month.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 241-289-52 (.459) – (20-26-3 vs. Ohio 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 ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.

    Ohio StateJohn Markell (Bowling Green State, 1979), 13th season, 232-213-42 (.519) – (23-17-2 vs. Ferris State). Markell has led the Buckeyes to five NCAA Tournament appearances and boasts six 20-or-more win seasons during his tenure at OSU. He was tabbed the 1997-98 CCHA Coach of the Year and was a runner-up for national coach of the year honors. Markell has directed the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2003-05) and a Frozen Four appearance in 1998.

    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 2996-07 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, Ohio State was forecasted to finish in fifth place by both the coaches and 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 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.

    Bulldog Hockey Video Webcasts: A live video and audio webcast is available for all 2007-08 Ferris State men's ice hockey home contests through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 per match on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Just click on the B2 NetworksFSU Hockey icon to access.

    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 FSU Hockey 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.

    2007-08 CCHA Cluster – Under the CCHA's "rivalry pairing" cluster scheduling format, Ferris State is grouped annually with rivalry partner Western Michigan. The two teams will join Bowling Green State and Notre Dame for the 2007-08 campaign to form one four-team cluster as each team will square off against one another four times during this regular season.

    O’Keefe Picks Up CCHA Weekly Honor – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) has been selected as this week’s (10/29) CCHA Goaltender of the Week after stopping all 37 shots in a 3-0 league home win over nationally-ranked Notre Dame last Saturday (10/27) while receiving Perani Cup First Star of the Game recognition. The Ferris State netminder garnered CCHA Goaltender of the Week kudos last season (11/27/06) after earning both CCHA Goaltender of the Week (11/14/05) and CCHA Rookie of the Week (10/24/05) plaudits in the 2005-06 campaign.

    Whitewashed – Ferris State’s 3-0 home triumph over nationally-ranked Notre Dame last Saturday (10/27) marked the Bulldogs first shutout of the Fighting Irish since Feb. 13, 1999, when FSU skated to a 1-0 road decision. Ferris has prevailed in four of the six shutouts in its all-time series versus Notre Dame.

    Puck StopperMitch O’Keefe registered his fourth career shutout with last Saturday’s (10/27) victory over Notre Dame and already has matched his one shutout season total in 29 outings a season ago. The 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year, is within two shutouts of moving into a second-place tie with Vince Owen (1997-01) and Phil Osaer (1998-01) on the program’s all-time leaders list.

    November Is Miller Time – Senior left wing Adam Miller (Livonia) has amassed nine points (5-4=9) in 19 November games during his Bulldog career, which includes eight points (4-4=8) in nine 2005-06 November encounters. Miller notched one point (1-0=1) in four outings last November with a lamplighter in a home match versus Michigan (11/18).

    Nearing The Top 10Mitch O’Keefe is 20 saves away from tying for 10th place among Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders with Glenn Raeburn (1985-87; 1,561 career saves). O’Keefe owns a present 22-31-11 career mark with a 2.78 goals-against average (175 goals allowed) and a .898 save percentage (1,541 saves) in 64 contests.

    Making His Case – Sophomore defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) has posted five points (1-4=5) in his last three outings and registered his second multiple-point game this season with two assists in the win over Notre Dame last Saturday (10/27). Case’s five points (1-4=5) in as many games this campaign is five shy of matching his 2006-07 season total of 10 points (4-6=10) in 29 contests.

    Shortie Strikes – Ferris State’s two short-handed goals against Notre Dame last Saturday (10/27) by junior center Matt Frank (Billings, Mont.) and freshman center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) marked the team’s first multi short-handed goal contest since the 2005-06 season when the Bulldogs tallied twice in a 6-3 non-league decision at Mercyhurst (11/25/05). Frank and Eric Vesely accounted for FSU’s short-handed lamplighters in that contest.

    Productive Penalty-Killing – The Bulldogs are operating at 89.2% (33-37) efficiency on the penalty kill this season in its initial six contests. A season ago at this time, Ferris had an 87.8% (36-41) success rate in penalty-kill situations.

    Making A Point – Sophomore center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has a point in four (1-3=4) of his last five games after picking up an assist in both games of the Notre Dame series.

    Exclusive ‘C’ Club – Senior defenseman Adam Welch (Hastings, Minn.) is presently serving as Ferris State’s team captain this 2007-08 campaign for the third consecutive season. In doing so, Welch holds the distinction of being only the fourth Bulldog skater in the program’s history to serve in that capacity for more than two seasons. He’s also the community involvement chairperson for FSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has been a co-recipient of the Bulldog hockey program’s Blue Line Competitive Award the last two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07).



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