Weekly Notes Games 27-28: Ferris State at Notre Dame

February 5, 2008

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will wrap up its four-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road swing this weekend (Feb. 8-9) as the Bulldogs visit the nationally-ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a two-game series at UND's Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. This Friday's (Feb. 8) series opener will begin at 7:35 p.m. (EST) and be televised live on Comcast Local. The series finale is scheduled for this Saturday (Feb. 9) with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m. (EST).

    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: Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan.

    The Records: Ferris State is 10-12-4 overall and 7-10-3 in the CCHA to date after the Bulldogs went 0-1-1 in a two-game league set against Lake Superior State last weekend (Feb. 1-2) at LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Ferris suffered a 3-2 loss to the Lakers in last Friday's (Feb. 1) opener before skating to a 1-1 overtime tie in Saturday's (Feb. 2) rematch. The Bulldogs are midst a five-game non-winning streak after going 3-1-1 in their previous five outings. Ferris State is currently 5-6-1 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.

    Notre Dame, which is currently 20-9-1 overall and 13-6-1 in the CCHA, posted a 2-1 overtime exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 Team last Friday (Feb. 1) at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Prior to that tilt, the Fighting Irish swept a home-and-home league series against Bowling Green State two weeks ago (Jan. 25-26). UND claimed a 6-1 home win in the series opener (Jan. 25) and then recorded a 4-1 victory in the finale (Jan. 26) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Irish, who are 8-1-1 at home this season, are ranked eighth this week in all three major college hockey polls – Inside College (INCH), U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. A season ago, Notre Dame posted a 32-7-3 overall record with a first-place 21-4-3 CCHA mark. The Irish claimed their first-ever CCHA regular-season and tournament championship titles along with making their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the program’s history.

    The All-Time Series: This weekend's two-game series between Ferris State and Notre Dame will represent the 59th and 60th meetings in a series which dates back to the the 1981-82 season. The Bulldogs are 35-18-5 in the all-time series, which includes a 20-10-3 road mark. The two teams split a two-game set earlier this season (10/26-27) FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich., with Notre Dame claiming a 3-2 victory in the series opener (10/26). Ferris rallied to post a 3-0 triumph in the finale (10/27). Eight of the last 10 contests at Notre Dame have been decided by two goals or more with the Bulldogs owning a 4-4-0 mark (.500) in those encounters. The Bulldogs are 5-4-1 (.550) in their last 10 appearances at Notre Dame and sport a 14-8-2 (.625) record in their last 24 meetings versus the Irish, which includes a 9-6-1 road ledger. Ferris State is 6-10-0 all-time in February outings with the Bulldogs compiling a 6-6-0 away mark.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 249-298-55 (.459) – (24-16-4 vs. Notre Dame - 15-10-3 Away; 7-6-1 Home; 2-0-0 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.

    Notre DameJeff Jackson (Michigan State, 1978), 3rd season, 65-35-8 (.639); Career: 9th season, 247-87-33 (.718) – (4-2-0 vs. Ferris State). Jackson, who was named the 2007 Spencer Penrose Award recipient as the national coach of the year, was 17-1-3 against Ferris State in his six seasons (1990-96) as head coach at Lake Superior State.

    About Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish, who have 11 skaters with double-digit points totals, are led by junior right wing Erik Condra (11-19=30), senior center Mark Van Guilder (9-12=21), and sophomore right wing Ryan Thang (14-6=20). Condra is tied for 40th among the national leaders in points per game (1.00 avg.) while Thang is 38th in goals per game (0.47 avg.). Junior goaltender Jordan Pearce (16-8-1, 1.93 GAA, .915sv%), is listed eighth nationally in goals-against average and 31st in save percentage. ND is fourth nationally in both scoring defense (2.00 avg.) and penalty killing (89.9%), sixth in scoring margin (1.17), 11th in scoring offense (3.17 avg.), and 27th on the power play (15.8%).

    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. Notre Dame was selected to finish third in both the coaches and media polls.

    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.

    The Telecast: This Friday's (Feb. 8) contest at Notre Dame will be televised live by Comcast Local. Ben Holden will be calling the action with Sean Ritchin providing color analysis.

    On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at 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 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 FSU Hockey is shown for that game then there will be a GameTracker link. For the other CCHA contests, visit and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature.

    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.

    One From A Milestone – Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels is one victory shy of attaining his 250th career win. The program's all-time winningest coach, Daniels has compiled four winning seasons during his tenure at Ferris State. His 2002-03 team captured the CCHA Regular-Season Championship title and made the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament.

    Tough Road Ahead – The Bulldogs’ remaining eight regular-season games are against opponents with a combined league record of 55-21-4 (.713) with all four teams currently above them in the CCHA standings. Five of those eight contests are on the road.

    A Balanced Attack – Sophomore right wing-center Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) leads Ferris State with 18 points (5-13=18) while junior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has a team-best 10 goals. Nineteen Bulldog skaters have scored goals while 23 have registered points.

    Close Encounters – Seven of the last eight Ferris State contests have been determined by one goal or less, which includes the last four games to date. The Bulldogs are 1-3-3 in those seven outings.

    Defensive Stoppers – Ferris State ranks 13th nationally in scoring defense (2.35 goals allowed per game) and has held its opponent to two or fewer goals in 15 games this season. The Bulldogs have registered four shutouts while limiting the opposition to a single goal on three occasions.

    Just Four More – 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 (10-12-4) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.

    Warming Up – Senior center Adam Miller (Livonia) has produced five points (2-3=5) in his last six outings and has recorded at least a point in four of those contests. Miller, who tallied a lamplighter at Lake Superior State State last Friday (2/1), has 16 points (5-11=16) in 26 games this season after generating 15 points (9-6=15) in 31 outings in the 2006-07 campaign. Miller is six points shy of matching his career single-season best 22 points (10-12=22) set in 40 games as a sophomore (2005-06 season). He garnered a month-best eight points (6-2=8) in as many games last February.

    A Game Of Firsts – Freshman left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) scored his first collegiate goal with a first-period marker at Lake Superior State (2/1), which also snapped a four-game scoreless string. Embach’s last point was an assist in the Bulldogs’ 5-0 win over host Connecticut in the championship game (12/30) of the UConn Hockey Classic. Frosh center Nate Hennig (Macomb) also made his collegiate debut in the CCHA tilt.

    Freshman Force – Freshman center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) has tallied at least a point in five of his last six games while totaling five points (2-3=5) during that six-game span. Menke has compiled at least a point in 13 of his 26 appearances this campaign and is the Bulldogs’ top rookie points leaders (5-9=14) to date.

    License To Kill – Ferris State is operating at 85.7% efficiency (126-147) in penalty killing this season, which includes 90.7% (39-43) in its last seven contests. The Bulldogs posted an 81.2% success rate (138-170) in the squad’s initial 26 games a season ago.

    Shooting Display – The Bulldogs have outshot their opponent in the last 10 games and are averaging 37.5 shots on goal (375 total) during that span. Ferris has outshot the opposition 19 times this season. FSU?has notched 30 or more shots in a contest on 19 occasions this campaign.

    The First Ones – Ferris State became the first CCHA team last season to win on Notre Dame’s ice as a result of posting a 5-2 victory over the top-ranked Irish (2/23/07). The setback was only ND’s second on its home ice for the 2006-07 season as the Irish suffered a 4-2 non-league loss to Robert Morris (1/7). The Bulldogs were 6-2-0 last February, which included a season-best four-game winning streak. The month mark was the best since 2002-03 when Ferris won the its first-ever CCHA regular-season title.

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