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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will begin Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action for the 2007-08 season this weekend (Oct. 26-27) as the Bulldogs entertain the nationally-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a two-game series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. A 7:05 p.m. (EDT) opening faceoff is scheduled for both CCHA contests.
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 1-2-1 overall and 0-0-0 in the CCHA after going 1-0-1 in a season home-opening two-game non-conference set against Wayne State last weekend (Oct. 19-20) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. Ferris skated to a 6-2 win over the Warriors in the Bulldogs' season home opener last Friday (10/19) and then registered a 2-2 overtime tie in Saturday's (10/20) rematch.
Notre Dame improved to 3-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the CCHA with a 4-2 league-opening victory over Bowling Green State Tuesday (10/23) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to that tilt, the Fighting Irish split a non-league series with nationally-ranked Denver last weekend (10/18-19) at UND's Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. UND skated to a 4-3 win over the Pioneers last Thursday (10/18) before suffering a 3-1 loss in Friday's 10/19) series finale. Notre Dame is ranked 11th this week by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) while being listed 12th in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
The Series: Ferris State and Notre Dame will meet for the 57th and 58th times this weekend with the Bulldogs holding a 34-17-5 lead in a series which originated in the 1981-82 season. Ferris is 12-7-2 at home versus the Fighting Irish after dropping a 3-2 decision in its last home appearance (2/11/06). The two teams split last season's series (2/23-24) at Notre Dame with the Bulldogs upsetting the nationally number-one ranked Fighting Irish by a 5-2 score in the opener (2/23) before suffering a 2-0 loss to UND in the regular-season finale series (2/24). FSU is 4-1-0 all-time in October encounters against the Irish, which includes a 1-1-0 home ledger.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 240-288-52 (.459) – (23-15-4 vs. Notre Dame). 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.
Notre Dame – Jeff Jackson (Michigan State, 1978), 3rd season, 48-28-7 (.620); Career: 9th season, 230-80-32 (.719) – (3-0-1 vs. Ferris State). Jackson was named the 2007 Spencer Penrose Award recipient as the national coach of the year along with garnering CCHA, Inside College Hockey.com, USCHO.com and College Hockey News Coach of the Year recognition. Jackson posted a 17-1-3 mark against Ferris State in his six seasons (1990-96) as head coach at Lake Superior State.
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, Notre Dame was chosen third 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.
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.
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.
Balanced Scoring – Eight different Ferris State skaters tallied a goal in the Bulldogs’ two-game set against Wayne State last weekend (10/19-20), which featured the first collegiate lamplighters for freshmen Zach Redmond (Traverse City) and Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) in last Friday’s victory.
Nearing The Top 10 – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario), who has amassed 1,504 career saves in 63 appearances, is 57 stops shy from tying Glenn Raeburn (1985-87; 1,561 career saves) for 10th place on FSU’s all-time saves leaders chart. The 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year Award winner made a career season-best 828 saves in 33 2005-06 outings and then followed with 654 saves in 29 games a season ago.
Firepower – The Bulldogs registered a combined 84 shots on goal in their two-game non-league series with Wayne State last weekend (10/19-20) and averaged 42 shots on net per contest. FSU outshot the Warriors (39 total shots) by 22.5 shots per outing in the series.
Drought Ends – Sophomore right wing Blair Riley’s (Kamloops, British Columbia) game-tying power-play goal in the third period of last Saturday’s (10/20) tilt versus Wayne State represented his first lamplighter in his last 26 ouitngs dating back to last season. Riley’s last goal prior to that one was in a home affair against Michigan (11/17/06).
Down On The Farm – Justin Menke’s parents live on a 6,000 acre farm with 200 cattle. The farm is located nine miles from his hometown of Shamrock, Saskatchewan which has 25 residents.
Bulldogs Gain Strength – Dave Cencer, FSU’s director of hockey operations and video coordinator, added another position to his job title this offseason by becoming the program’s new strength and
conditioning specialist after receiving his certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) Certification Commission in early April 2007.
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).
Moving Up The Charts – Mitch O’Keefe is one victory shy of moving into a tie for 11th place among
Ferris’ all-time goaltending leaders with Marc Felicio (1987-01; 22 career victories) and Glenn Raeburn
(1985-87; 22) in career wins. O’Keefe has currently compiled a 21-31-11 mark between the posts in 63