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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team embarks on a four-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road swing over the next two weeks, beginning this weekend (Feb. 1-2) versus the Lake Superior State University Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Both contests will take place at LSSU's Taffy Abel Arena with a 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff scheduled for each outing. The two-game set represents the only regular-season meetings between the two teams 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 currently 10-11-3 overall and 7-9-2 in the CCHA after skating to a 3-3 overtime league tie against Western Michigan last Saturday (Jan. 26) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 4-3 league decision to the Broncos last Friday (Jan. 25) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Ferris State is 5-5-2 in its last 12 encounters to date. FSU is 5-5-0 on the road and 4-6-3 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.
Lake Superior State improved to 4-16-4 overall and 2-13-3 in CCHA play with a 6-5 overtime league triumph over Ohio State last Saturday (Jan. 26) at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Lakers gained a split in the two-game CCHA set as Ohio State handed LSSU a 4-3 loss in Friday’s (Jan. 25) series opener. The Lakers, who snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday’s victory, are 3-8-0 in home contests this campaign. A season ago, Lake Superior State posted a 21-19-3 overall mark with an eighth-place 11-14-3 CCHA ledger. LSSU advanced to the semifinals of the 2006-07 CCHA Playoffs as the Lakers made their first semifinal-round appearance since 1996.
The All-Time Series: The two teams will meet for the 112th and 113th times this weekend in a series which Lake Superior State leads 60-39-12. The Bulldogs are 18-31-6 on the road, 20-28-5 at home, and 1-1-1 at neutral sites versus the Lakers. A season ago, Ferris State posted a 0-1-1 regular-season mark against LSSU as the Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 overtime deadlock (12/8) before suffering a 4-1 loss in the series finale (12/9) at Big Rapids, Mich. The Lakers hosted FSU in the opening round of the 2006-07 CCHA Playoffs (3/2-4) and bested the Bulldogs in a three-game series at Sault Ste. Marie. Ferris State won the opener with a 4-3 overtime win (3/2), but then dropped a pair of one-goal decisions (4-3 and 3-2) to conclude its 2006-07 season. Twenty-three of the last 30 meetings have been decided by two goals or less as the Bulldogs are 8-9-6 (.478) in those encounters. Six of the last 11 contests have been overtime affairs with FSU compiling a 1-0-5 mark. Ferris State is 10-14-2 all-time in February outings, which includes a 7-8-2 record in away encounters.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 249-297-54 (.460) – (15-24-8 vs. Lake Superior State - 7-12-4 Away; 8-11-4 Home; 0-1-0 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.
Lake Superior State – Jim Roque (Lake Superior State, 1987), 3rd season, 40-49-14 (.456) – (3-2-4 vs. Ferris State). Roque became the ninth coach in the 41-year history of the Lakers’ hockey program in June 2005. He’s only the second former Laker player to take the helm of the LSSU program. Roque ranks 19th among LSSU’s career scoring leaders and was also a member of the first Laker squad to compete in the 1985 NCAA Division I Tournament.
About Lake Superior State: The Lakers have six skaters with double-digit points totals, led by sophomore forward Nathan Perkovich’s 16 points (13-3=16). Perkovich is listed 21st among the nation’s top statistical leaders in goals per game (0.57 avg.). Senior forward Dan Eves (6-8=14) along with sophomore forward Zac MacVoy (5-9=14) and junior forward Troy Schwab (3-11=14) rank tied for second in team scoring. In goal are freshman Brian Mahoney-Wilson (3-8-2, 3.22 GAA, .893sv%) and sophomore Pat Inglis (1-8-2, 4.48 GAA, .854sv%). LSSU ranks 21st nationally in power-play efficiency (17.3%) and is 59th in penalty-killing (70.9%).
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. Lake Superior State xx.
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.
Close Encounters – Five of the last six Ferris State contests have been decided by one goal or less with the Bulldogs having a 1-2-2 record in such encounters. The Bulldogs are 3-4-3 this season in games determined by one goal or less.
Miller Time – Senior center Adam Miller (Livonia) has matched his points production from a season ago after picking up an assist in Saturday’s (1/26) overtime tie against Western Michigan. Miller has 15 points (4-11=15) in 24 games this season after producing the same total (9-6=15) in 31 outings a season ago. His career season-best is 22 points (10-12=22) set in the 2005-06 campaign in 40 contests.
Getting Close – 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 (10-11-3) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.
Life of Riley – Sophomore left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has produced a career single-season best 10 points (8-2=10) in 21 outings this season, which eclipses his nine points (3-6=9) in 34 games for the 2006-07 season. Riley has chalked up seven points (5-2=7) in his last six appearances to date.
Helping Hand – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) registered his third assist this season with a helper in Saturday’s (1/26) contest against Western Michigan. O’Keefe received his first career assist earlier this season at Ohio State (11/4) and versus Michigan State (12/7).
Making His Mark – Mitch O’Keefe moved into seventh place on Ferris State’s all-time goaltenders in games played by appearing his 76 outing last Saturday (1/26) versus Western Michigan. O’Keefe, who’s midst his final season of eligibility this campaign, surpassed Marc Felicio’s (1987-91) 75 career appearances and the 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year Award honoree is two shy of tying Jeff Blashill (1994-98; 78 career games) for sixth place.
Impressive Newcomer – Freshman center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) is presently enjoying a four-game point streak with four points (1-3=4) during that span. Menke’s previous longest string was three set on two occasions (10/27-11/4) and (12/1-8). Prior to his power-play tally in last Saturday’s (1/26) tilt, Menke’s prior eight points were all assists.
Short Game – Junior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) netted his second career short-handed lamplighter at the expense of Western Michigan last Saturday (1/26). Connolly, who lead the Bulldogs in scoring for January with six points (5-1=6) in as many outings, posted his first shortie against Alaska (1/12). Connolly’s squad-best 10 goals in 23 games this season to date is one shy of equalling his career season-high 11 markers in 38 contests last season.
Streak Ends – Freshman defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) ended a personal eight-game scoreless streak with an assist against Western Michigan (1/26). Wietecha last notched a point with a goal and an assist versus Michigan State (12/7).
Freshman Contributors – FSU’s top three freshmen points leaders – Justin Menke (4-9=13), defenseman Zach Redmond (4-8=12), and Scott Wietecha (3-4=7) have combined for 18.7% (32-171) of the team’s points production this campaign.
Sixth Sense – Sophomore center-right wing Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) claimed his sixth point (2-4=6) in 18 games this season with an assist last Saturday (1/26). His six points represents a career single-season best, bettering his five points (3-2=5) in 31 contests a season ago.