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Date/Time: Friday (Jan. 9) at Big Rapids - 7:05 p.m. (EST); Saturday (Jan. 10) at Kalamazoo, Mich. - 7:35 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with play-by-play announcer Bill Beckwith. Listen
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks (Friday Game Only); Bronco Insider (Saturday Game Only)
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team resumes Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action this weekend (Jan. 9-10) with a home-and-home series against the Western Michigan Broncos. This Friday's (Jan. 9) series opener between the two West Michigan schools take place at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich., starting at 7:05 p.m. (EST). The two teams will then meet for the final time in the 2008-09 regular season on Saturday (Jan. 10) at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Opening faceoff is set for 7:35 p.m. (EST).
2008-09 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008-09 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.
Meijer Family Hockey Night: This Friday's (Jan. 9) home contest against Western Michigan is a Meijer Family Hockey Night promotional game. The Meijer Family Hockey Night promotion features four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn for $32. Meijer Family Hockey Night coupons are available at the Big Rapids Meijer and can be redeemed at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the game’s start time.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 9-9-4 overall and 6-6-2-0 in the CCHA to date this season. The Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 overtime tie against Colgate last Saturday (Jan. 3) in the consolation game of the Vermont Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup at UV’s Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt., but claimed third-place honors in the tourney after prevailing 2-1 over the Raiders in the shootout. FSU suffered a 5-4 setback to the St. Lawrence Saints in last Friday’s (Jan. 2) opening-round action. The Bulldogs are currently 5-6-0 at home and 4-2-3 on the road this campaign. Ferris State concluded the 2007-08 season with an 18-16-5 overall record and placed fifth in the final CCHA regular-season standings at 12-12-4 (28 points).
Western Michigan is 3-12-5 overall and 2-8-4 in the CCHA to date after posting a 1-1 overtime tie against Brown last Saturday (Jan. 3) in the third-place game of the Minnesota Dodge Holiday Classic at UM’s Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The Broncos opened the holiday tournament with a 3-1 loss to Northeastern last Friday (Jan. 2) and are presently 1-4-1 in their last six appearances. WMU sports a 2-5-1 road mark and is 1-6-3-1 at home this campaign. Western Michigan registered an 8-27-3 overall record with a 12th-place 4-22-2 CCHA ledger for the 2007-08 campaign.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Western Michigan will face one another for the 120th and 121st times this weekend in a series which the Broncos lead 65-46-8. Earlier this season (10/24-25), Ferris State registered a 1-1 overtime tie against the Broncos (10/24) before losing a shootout (1-0) at Kalamazoo. However, the Bulldogs would go on to record a 5-2 home victory over WMU in the series finale (10/25) at Big Rapids. FSU presently sports a 28-24-4 home mark against Western Michigan while producing a 17-37-4 road ledger. Ferris is 1-4-0 at neutral sites versus the Broncos. Nine of the last 17 meetings have been decided by two goals or less with FSU compiling a 5-2-2 mark in those games. Ferris State is averaging 3.53 goals per game (420 total) in the all-time series while Western Michigan has averaged 4.11 goals an outing (489 total) for a 0.58 goals per contest differential. Ferris is 13-8-3 all-time in January matchups, which includes an 8-4-1 home record and a 5-4-2 road mark.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 266-311-60 (.465) – (28-25-4 vs. Western Michigan – 17-9-2 Home, 10-15-2 Away, 1-1-0 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. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Western Michigan – Jim Culhane (Western Michigan, 1987), 10th season, 139-194-38 (.426) – (15-21-2 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.
Scouting Western Michigan: Senior right wing Patrick Galivan (6-10=16) along with sophomore center Max Campbell (8-3=11), junior defenseman Tyler Ludwig (4-7=11), and freshman forward Greg Squires (3-7=10) are the Broncos’ current top points producers this season. In goal, junior Riley Gill (3-6-1, 3.17 GAA, .901sv%) and sophomore Jerry Kuhn (0-6-4, 3.51 GAA, .905sv%) have split netminding duties. Nationally, WMU ranks 52nd in scoring offense (2.05 avg.) and is 47th in scoring defense (3.45 avg.). The Broncos are listed 20th among the national leaders in penalty minutes (16.9 avg.) while ranking 42nd on the power play (13.3%) and 54th in penalty-kill efficiency (78.8%).
2008-09 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was chosen sixth in the 2008-09 CCHA Coaches Poll with 84 points and was tabbed the same placing by the media with a 529 points total. Both the preseason CCHA Coaches and Media Polls were announced Sept. 30, 2008 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Notre Dame (128 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll and second (915 points) in the media poll as the Fighting Irish finished national runner up for the 2007-08 national championship. Michigan, which captured both the 2007-08 CCHA Regular Season and CCHA Tournament titles, earned a league-best 945 points with 43 first-place votes in the media balloting. A record 83 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, but were excluded from ranking their own team.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2008-09 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 2008-09 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 2008-09 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.
All-Tourney Team Member – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) earned a spot on the six-member Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup All-Tournament Team. The FSU assistant captain produced a team-leading three points (0-3=3) in the two-game tourney with all three assists coming against Colgate in the consolation game (1/3).
Just In Case – Junior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) has totaled four points (0-4=4) in his last three outings after generating three points (1-2=3)?in his prior 19 games this campaign. Case’s three points (0-3=3) in two January games this season already surpasses his January output of one point (0-1=1) in six 2007-08 contests.
Fit To Be Tied – Ferris State is undefeated in its last 12 overtime games (3-0-9) and hasn’t lost an extra-session encounter since Feb. 9, 2007 at Michigan State (2-1). FSU is 2-0-3 at home and 1-0-5 on the road in such outings during the 12-game span. The Bulldogs are 0-0-4 in overtime contests this season with their most recent deadlock coming against Colgate (1/3) in the consolation game of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup.
Graham Cracker – Freshman center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) netted his first collegiate goals with a power-play lamplighter apiece against St. Lawrence (1/2) and Colgate (1/3) at the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup. Graham’s three (2-1=3) points in the holiday tournament equalled his combined points total (0-3=3) in his previous 14 outings this season.
Close Encounters – Seventeen of Ferris State’s 22 contests this season have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 6-7-4 record in those games. Fifteen of the last 16 FSU outings have been determined by two goals or less as the Bulldogs have posted a 6-6-2 ledger.
Mighty Casey – Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) extended his current points streak to four games after tallying a goal apiece at last weekend’s (1/2-3) Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup. The FSU skater has recorded five points (2-3=5)?in his last four contests to date. Haines’ 13 points (5-8=13) in 22 outings this season represents a career single-season best, eclipsing his eight points (4-4=8) in 33 2007-08 season matchups.
Difference Maker – Junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) tallied the deciding goal in Ferris State’s 2-1 shootout win over Colgate last Saturday (1/3) after the teams had ended up in a 3-3 overtime tie. Lewicki scored on FSU’s third and final shootout attempt as the goal gave the Bulldogs their first shootout victory this season.
Midseason Kudos – Zach Redmond was recently selected to the Inside College Hockey.com’s First Half All-CCHA Team in its 2008-09 CCHA Midseason Review. Redmond was tabbed as the CCHA’s Defenseman of the Week earlier this season (10/27) and was a 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team selection.
Notable Start – Aaron Lewicki’s 14 points (9-5=14) in 21 games this season already surpasses his 2007-08 season total of 13 points (4-9=13) in 39 contests. Lewicki, who was Ferris State’s 2007-08 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative, is now within a point shy of equalling his career single-season high of 15 points (9-6=15) set as a freshman in 32 2006-07 outings.
Successful Season – Ferris State’s 18 victories (18-15-5 overall) for the 2007-08 season not only exceeds its win total of the previous 2006-07 campaign (14-22-3 overall), but surpasses the 17-win total (17-15-8 overall) in the 2005-06 season which is the Bulldogs’ most successful season since the historic 2002-03 season. Ferris has won at least 10 games per campaign for 30 straight seasons to date. The 1999-00 squad compiled a 21-16-2 overall mark.
Taking The Fifth – Ferris State’s fifth-place CCHA finish last season (12-12-4 CCHA - 28 league points) represented the program’s highest placing since the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship season in which the Bulldogs were 22-5-1 in the CCHA (45 league points). Besides the 2002-03 campaign, the 1990-91 squad finished with a third-place 15-12-5 league mark (35 league points). The 2007-08 squad bettered the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points (10-11-7 CCHA).
Home Improvement – The Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena, presently in its 34th season of operation, underwent a 3.3 million dollar renovation project this past summer. Renovations included new rink slabs for both the main and half ice sheets along with new dasher boards and installation of tempered glass panels. Locker room renovations, new lighting along with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment were installed.
Returning Firepower – Ferris State returns 14 of its top 15 points leaders from last season, including junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), who had a career-high and squad-best 30 points (11-19=30) in 39 games a season ago. Overall, the Bulldogs welcome back 88.9% (97-109) of their goal-scoring output and 80.6% (224-278) of their points production from last season.
Seeing Red – Zach Redmond, a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team pick and FSU’s 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award winner, led all Bulldog defensemen in scoring last season with 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 contests. He placed sixth in team scoring and produced the second-highest points total among Ferris’ freshmen a season ago. Redmond, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 184th overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers, attained honorable mention honors on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.
2008-09 Captains – For the first time in three seasons, Ferris State will have a different skater wearing the captain’s ‘C’ this campaign. Cody Chupp, who was an assistant captain on last season’s squad, replaces three-time team captain Adam Welch. Zach Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley will serve as the Bulldogs’ assistant captains this season.
Impressive Frosh Class – The Bulldogs’ freshman class is ranked 15th in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH). INCH compiled its 2008 recruiting rankings with extensive input from college and junior coaches along with professional scouts. Individually, goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and goaltender Pat Nagle were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki was FSU’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative and Bob Daniels was among three finalists for the CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
2008-09 Yearbook Available Online: The 2008-09 Ferris State University Men's Ice Hockey Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 84-page publication features such information as 2008-09 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2007-08 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports to find the publication online.