Weekly Notes Games 37-39 -- CCHA Playoffs Quarterfinal Round: Ferris State at Notre Dame

March 12, 2008

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will be participating in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs this weekend (March 14-16) as the Bulldogs battle the nationally-ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a best-of-three series at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. This Friday's (March 14) opener will start at 7:35 p.m. (EDT) while Saturday's (March 15) contest is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (EDT) opening faceoff. This Sunday's (March 16) tilt, if necessary, will also get underway at 7:05 p.m. (EDT). Ferris State is the tourney’s fifth seed while the Fighting Irish, who received a first-round bye, are the fourth seed. The winner of the series will advance to the 2008 CCHA Championships (March 21-22), which will be held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The winner of the CCHA Playoff Mason Cup championship game earns the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

    2008 CCHA Playoff Quarterfinal-Round Series Hockey Ticket Information: Ferris State will receive 100 tickets for each game which can be purchased from the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open this Tuesday (March 11) from 12-8 p.m. (EDT), Wednesday (March 12) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EDT), and Thursday (March 13) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (EDT).Cost for single-game tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for youth, and $6 for seniors with the seats being located in the 'end' zones of the rink. The Notre Dame ticket office is offering premium seating for $13 and $7, respectively. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the UND ticket office at (574) 631-7356 or by visiting the Fighting Irish Athletics website at A charge of $7 per phone order will be assessed. Ferris State fans my call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office for information purposes. No phone orders/and credit cards can be accepted as payment for tickets must be either cash or check only as no phone orders as payments for tickets.

    The Records: Ferris State improved 17-14-5 overall this season after sweeping 12th-seed Western Michigan in two games last weekend (March 7-8) in a best-of-three CCHA Playoff First-Round series at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs claimed a 4-3 overtime win over the Broncos in last Friday's (March 7) FSN Detroit televised series opener and then clinched the series with a 6-3 victory in Saturday's (March 8) contest. The Bulldogs, who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 outings, are ranked 18th this week (March 9) by Inside College Ferris is listed in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV (March 10) and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls (March 10) as other teams receiving votes. The Bulldogs completed the 2007-08 CCHA regular season with a fifth-place 12-12-4 record (28 league points). FSU?is 7-8-2 in away contests this campaign. Ferris State was 14-22-3 overall 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 is 22-12-4 overall to date this season and was idle last weekend as a result of receiving a playoff first-round series bye. The Fighting Irish, who posted a fourth-place 15-9-4 CCHA mark, are 9-3-3 at home this season. UND concluded the regular season with a home-and-home league series split against Western Michigan two weeks ago (Feb. 29-March 1). The Irish dropped a 3-0 series opening decision to WMU Friday (Feb. 29) in Kalamazoo, Mich., before registering a 3-1 triumph over the Broncosin Saturday’s (March 1) series finale at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame is 5-3-3 in its last 11 decisions. The Irish are listed 12th this week in all three national collegiate hockey polls – Inside College, U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. A season ago, Notre Dame posted a 32-7-3 overall record which included 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: Ferris State and Notre Dame will be meeting for the 61st, 62nd and possibly the 63rd times with the Bulldogs having a 36-18-6 lead in series. Ferris is 21-10-4 all-time in its road encounters at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs posted a 2-1-1 mark in this season's four-game regular-season series. FSU split a two-game set earlier this campaign (10/26-27) in Big Rapids, Mich., dropping a 3-2 decision before registering a 3-0 shutout victory. Ferris claimed a 5-3 win at Notre Dame (2/8) and then skated to a 2-2 overtime tie (2/9) on the Irish's ice in the final regular-season tilt between the two teams. In the four meetings between the two teams in the 2007-08 regular season, Ferris State averaged 3.0 goals an outing (12 total) while Notre Dame scored an average of 2.0 goals a contest (eight total). Ferris is 6-4-2 (.583) in its last 12 appearances at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs are averaging 3.00 goals per outing (36 total) during the 12-game span while the Irish have averaged 2.67 goals an outing (32 total) for a +0.33 goals differential. Nine of the last 12 contests at Notre Dame have been decided by two goals or more with the Bulldogs generating a 5-4-0 mark (.556) in those encounters. FSU is 2-2-0 all-time in March contests with all four outings taking place at Notre Dame.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 256-300-56 (.464) – (25-16-5 vs. Notre Dame – 16-10-4 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, 67-38-11 (.625); Career: 9th season, 249-90-36 (.712) – (4-3-1 vs. Ferris State). Jackson, who was named the 2007 Spencer Pensore 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 have 15 skaters with double-digit point totals this season, led by junior right wing Erik Condra (14-21=35) and sophomore right wing Ryan Thang (16-9=25). Senior center Mark Van Guilder (11-13=24) along with sophomore center Kevin Deeth (8-13=21) and freshman forward Ben Ryan (8-12=20) have also reached the 20-points plateau this campaign. Junior goaltender Jordan Pearce (18-11-4, 1.94 GAA, .916sv%) has appeared in 34 games for the Irish and freshman netminder Brad Phillips (4-1-0, 1.53 GAA, .923sv%) has received the starting nod in all five of his outings this campaign.

    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 and second in the media poll. Michigan State, the 2006-07 NCAA Division I National Champions, claimed top honors in the media balloting with 701 points. 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.

    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 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.

    Warming Trend – Ferris State is 7-3-2 (.667) since the start of February after compiling a 1-3-2 mark (.250) in six January contests. The Bulldogs are averaging 3.2 goals a game (39 total) while the opposition has scored 2.7 goals per contest (32 total) in their last 12 outings. FSU is operating at 27.8%?(15-54) on the power play and at 87.1% (61-70) in penalty killing. Sophomore left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) leads the Bulldogs with 13 points (6-7=13) in 12 games while sophomore right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has 11 points (5-6=11) in 12 outings. Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) is 4-1-2 between the posts with a 2.57 goals-against average (19 goals allowed) and a .914 save percentage (202 saves) in seven appearances during that 12-game span.

    Close Encounters – Ten of the Bulldogs’ last 14 games have been determined by one goal or less with Ferris sporting a 4-3-3 record in those encounters, which includes a 1-3-2 road ledger.

    Better Than Before – Ferris State’s 17 victories (17-14-5 overall) this season not only exceeds its win total of a season ago (14-22-3 overall), but matches the 17-win total (17-15-8 overall) in the 2005-06 campaign which is the Bulldogs’ most successful season since the historic 2002-03 season. Ferris has won at least 10 games per campaign for 30 straight seasons to date.

    Notable League Finish – Ferris State’s fifth-place CCHA finish this season (12-12-4 CCHA - 28 league points) represented the program’s highest placing since the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship season in which the Bulldogs were 22-5-1 in the CCHA (45 league points). Besides the 2002-03 campaign, the 1990-91 squad finished with a third-place 15-12-5 league mark (35 league points). The 2007-08 squad bettered the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points (10-11-7 CCHA).

    A Key To Recent Success – The Bulldogs have converted 37.% (9-24) on their power play in last four games while limiting the opposition to a 14.3% (3-21) success rate in man-advantage situations.

    Defensive Stoppers – Ferris State has allowed an average of 2.47 goals a contest (89 total) in 36 games this season compared to 3.22 goals per outing (116 total) in its initial 36 encounters a season ago. The Bulldogs have given up 31 power-play goals this campaign to date after allowing 45 such tallies last season.

    A Worthy Distinction – The Bulldogs earned the distinction of being the only CCHA team this season to post wins over three nationally-ranked league teams in Michigan (4-3 OT - 3/1), Miami (6-5 and 3-1 - 2/15-16), and Notre Dame (3-0 - 10/27 and 5-3 - 2/8). FSU went 5-2-1 (.688) against these opponents. Ferris has posted a 5-4-1 mark (.550) against nationally-ranked teams this regular season.

    Hot Hand – Junior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) has registered a combined six points (3-3=6) in his last four contests after generating nine points (8-1=9) in his initial 27 games this season. Lewandowski has racked up a career single-season best 15 points (11-4=15) in 31 outings this season. He recorded a combined nine points (3-6=9) in 42 games in his initial two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07). Lewandowski’s older brother (Phil) was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2002-03 CCHA Regular-Season Championship team and played at FSU?from 1999-03.

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