Nine of First 13 Contests At Home; Michigan and Michigan In CCHA Cluster This Season

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The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will prepare for a challenging 36-game regular season schedule in the 2006-07 campaign as announced by FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic.

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Senior left wing Eric Vesely and the Bulldogs officially open their 2006-07 season Oct. 6-7 with a home non-league series against the Union Dutchmen.
The 2006-07 slate features 28 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests and three non-league series along with an appearance at the University of Minnesota's Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. "We're looking forward to skating against a number of quality teams," said Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels. "The league portion of our schedule should be challenging, particularly within our cluster as we face both Michigan and Michigan State four times apiece. We open the season with a pair of non-conference series (Union and Mercyhurst) at home which should prepare us well for play in the CCHA and allow us the opportunity to try different line combinations.

"We're also thrilled to be participating in Minnesota's Dodge Holiday Classic, which is one of the most prestigious holiday tournaments. It's a great way to kick start the second half of our season," added Daniels.

Ferris State will open its 29th year of varsity competition Saturday, Sept. 30, with its annual Crimson and Gold Intrasquad game at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs then square off against Toronto Sunday, Oct. 1, in a 2:35 p.m. (EDT) home exhibition encounter.

Ferris will officially open its regular-season schedule with a two-game series versus Union (Oct. 6-7) in what represents the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Mercyhurst will serve as the opposition the following weekend (Oct. 13-14) as the Lakers make their first-ever trip to Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs begin CCHA action with a home-and-home series against Western Michigan (Oct. 20-21). FSU will skate on the Broncos' home ice in the weekend opener (Oct. 20) before hosting WMU in the series finale (Oct. 21). The two-game set versus their West Michigan rivals represents the first of 13 consecutive league contests for the Bulldogs.

FSU's CCHA cluster opponents in 2006-07 consist of "rivalry" foe Western Michigan along with Michigan and Michigan State. The Bulldogs battle each of these teams on four occasions with two at home and two on the road. Alaska (formerly Alaska Fairbanks), Northern Michigan, and Notre Dame won't be making an appearance to the Ewigleben Ice Arena this season.

The team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., after Christmas for the Dodge Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30) at Minnesota's Mariucci Arena. Ferris, which competed in the 2001 Dodge Mariucci Classic, will go up against Massachusetts in the tourney's first-round opening game Friday, Dec. 29. The other first-round matchup will have host Minnesota taking on Alabama-Huntsville. The third-place and championship game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 30.

For the second straight season, the Bulldogs open the New Year at Northern Michigan (Jan. 5-6) and then renew their rivalry with Wayne State (Jan. 12-13) in Detroit, Mich. Five of Ferris' final regular-season games will take place in the friendly confines of the Ewigleben Ice Arena and the Bulldogs wrap up the regular season at Notre Dame (Feb. 23-24).

Starting times for all 2006-07 Ferris State home games will remain at 7:05 p.m. (ET) with three exceptions -- Oct. 14 against Mercyhurst, Dec. 9 versus Lake Superior State, and Feb. 17 against Bowling Green State. The puck will drop at 5:05 p.m. (ET) for those three specific contests.

Ferris State, which completed the 2005-06 season at 17-15-8 overall with a sixth-place tying 10-11-7 mark in the CCHA, returns 20 letterwinners from last season's team.

Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed out in early August. For information regarding single-game tickets, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 beginning in mid-September. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.starticketsplus.com.

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