Bulldogs Begin First-Round Playoff Series This Weekend Against Western Michigan

For the second time in the last three seasons, Ferris State University will host a first-round series in the 2008 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs this weekend (March 7-9) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State, which earned the league tournament's fifth seed, will entertain the 12th-seed Western Michigan Broncos in the best two-of-three series. The Bulldogs claimed sole possession of fifth place in the final CCHA regular-season standings with a 4-3 overtime home league win over nationally top-ranked Michigan in Saturday's (March 1) regular-season finale and finished with a 28-league points total.

The CCHA Playoff series will get underway Friday (March 7) with opening faceoff scheduled for 7:35 p.m. (EST) due to a live FSN Detroit telecast. The puck for Game Two on Saturday (March 8) will drop at 7:05 p.m. (EST) and Sunday's (March 9) game, if necessary, will also begin at 7:05 p.m. (EDT).

Ferris State will host a first-round CCHA Playoff series next weekend (March 7-9) against rival Western Michigan.

Individual game tickets for the Bulldogs' CCHA Playoff First-Round series are presently on sale.

Single-game ticket prices per person for the first round of the 2008 CCHA Playoffs are $13 for adults, $11 four-for-$44, $8 for groups of 20 or more, and $6 for Ferris State students with identification. Fans have an opportunity to purchase the 4-for-44 which is four individual single-game tickets for a total of $44 valid for the SAME game.

Those who are 2007-08 season ticket holders will have their seats reserved for them only and can be purchased directly from the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. All others purchasing tickets prior to the start of the CCHA Playoff series can do so by going online at and all Meijer locations. Fans may also call StarTicketsPlus at (800) 585-3737 to place their ticket(s) order.

A $5 parking fee will be assessed per vehicle and all premium parking will be honored.

The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will be open this week during regular business hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Monday through Thursday.

If the series advances to a deciding third game Sunday (March 9), the FSU Athletics Ticket Office will remain open for approximately one hour following the conclusion of Saturday's (March 8) contest. The ticket office will reopen Sunday (March 9) at noon until the 7:05 p.m. (EDT) opening faceoff.

CCHA Playoff LogoAll three first-round outings will be broadcast live on WWBR Big Country 100.9 FM and simulcast on Video coverage will also be available on the B2 Networks.

Ferris State is presently 15-14-5 overall and finished with a fifth-place 12-12-4 CCHA regular-season record this campaign under 16th-year head coach Bob Daniels. The CCHA placing, other than the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship title (45 league points), is the highest since the 1990-91 season when the Bulldogs registered a third-place 35-league point total.

If Ferris State wins its first-round league playoff series, the Bulldogs will then advance to quarterfinal-round play on March 14-16 at the site of one top four-seeded teams (Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, or Notre Dame) in another best two-of-three series. The winners will then make a trip to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., which is the site for the 2008 Championships (March 21-22). The winner of the Mason Cup championship game earns the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

Ferris State hosted a first-round league playoff series in 2006 and the Bulldogs went on to sweep Ohio State in two games of a best two-of-three series in Big Rapids.

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