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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team officially lifts the curtain on its 2008-09 season this weekend (Oct. 10-11) with a two-game non-league series against the Canisius Golden Griffins at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who embark on their 31st season of NCAA Division I intercollegiate competition, will face the Griffs this Friday (Oct. 10) in a 7:05 p.m. (EDT) tilt before wrapping up the set this Saturday (Oct. 11) with opening faceoff set for 5:05 p.m. (EDT).
2008-09 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008-09 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 skated to a 4-1 home exhibition victory over Windsor (Ontario) last Sunday (Oct. 5) in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris concluded the 2007-08 season with an 18-16-5 overall record and placed fifth in the final CCHA regular-season standings at 12-12-4 (28 points). FSU?sported a 9-6-3 home mark a season ago.
Canisius posted a 6-2 home exhibition decision over Ontario last Sunday (Oct. 5) in Buffalo, N.Y. The Golden Griffins compiled an 11-20-6 overall mark for the 2007-08 season, which included a sixth-place 10-13-5 ledger in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). The Griffs were 2-14-5 in road encounters last season.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Canisius will meet for the first time ever with this weekend's (Oct. 10-11) series. Ferris State is 14-3-0 (.824) all-time versus Atlantic Hockey Association teams, which includes a 7-2-0 home record.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 256-301-56 (.463) – (0-0-0 vs. Canisius – 0-0-0 Home, 0-0-0 Away, 0-0-0 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.
Canisius – Dave Smith (Ohio State, 1992), 4th season, 30-66-11 (.332) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Smith became the Griffs’ third head coach in April 2005 after serving the previous three seasons as an associate coach at Mercyhurst.
About Canisius: The Griffs return 21 letterwinners and 80% of their scoring from last season. Leading the way is junior forward and team captain Peter MacDougall (1-5=6) along with junior forwards Josh Heidinger (9-17=26) and Jason Weeks (12-8=20). Sophomore forward Vincent Scarsella (9-22=31), a 2007-08 Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team pick, led not only Canisus but the league's freshmen in scoring. Anchoring the defensive corps are juniors Dave Cianfrini (5-3=8), Chris Forsman (7-8=15), and Carl Hudson (6-6=12). Junior Andrew Loewen (7-13-5, 2.94 GAA, .911sv%) returns in net as does sophomore Taylor Anderson (2-2-0, 3.70 GAA, .885sv%).
2008-09 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was chosen sixth in the 2008-09 CCHA Coaches Poll with 84 points and was tabbed the same placing by the media with a 529 points total. Both the preseason CCHA Coaches and Media Polls were announced Sept. 30, 2008 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Notre Dame (128 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll and second (915 points) in the media poll as the Fighting Irish finished national runner up for the 2007-08 national championship. Michigan, which captured both the 2007-08 CCHA Regular Season and CCHA Tournament titles, earned a league-best 945 points with 43 first-place votes in the media balloting. A record 83 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, but were excluded from ranking their own team.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2008-09 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 2008-09 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 2008-09 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.
Successful Season – Ferris State’s 18 victories (18-15-5 overall) for the 2007-08 season not only exceeds its win total of the previous 2006-07 campaign (14-22-3 overall), but surpasses the 17-win total (17-15-8 overall) in the 2005-06 season 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. The 1999-00 squad compiled a 21-16-2 overall mark.
Taking The Fifth – Ferris State’s fifth-place CCHA finish last 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).
Home Improvement – Ewigleben Ice Arena, presently in its 34th season of operation, underwent a 3.3 million dollar renovation project this past summer. Renovations included new rink slabs for both the main and half ice sheets along with new dasher boards and installation of tempered glass panels. Locker room renovations, new lighting along with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment were installed.
Student & Rink Appreciation Night – FSU will have a Student and Rink Appreciation Night in conjunction with this Friday’s (Oct. 10) season opener. A special pre-game ceremony with FSU President Dr. David L. Eisler and other special guests will be held. All Ferris State students with valid ID will be admitted free of charge to the contest and the unveiling of the Bulldog Mascot will be held between the second and third periods of the game.
Exhibition Win – Ferris State had nine different skaters post at least a point in the Bulldogs’ 4-1 exhibition win over Windsor last Sunday (10/5). Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) scored two goals and sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) produced a goal with an assist in the victory.
Returning Firepower – Ferris State returns 14 of its top 15 points leaders from last season, including junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), who had a career-high and squad-best 30 points (11-19=30) in 39 games a season ago. Overall, the Bulldogs welcome back 88.9% (97-109) of their goal-scoring output and 80.6% (224-278) of their points production from last season.
Preseason Recognition – Ferris State is listed among others receiving votes in the 2008-09 preseason U.S. College Hockey Online.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Oct. 6) with 42 points. The Bulldogs also received mention in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (Oct. 6) by garnering 16 points to be among others earning votes.
Season Openers – FSU is 9-17-3 (.362) all-time in season-opening encounters prior to this Friday’s (10/10) opener versus Canisius. The Bulldogs suffered a 2-0 loss at Union in their 2007-08 season opener (10/12) and haven’t won a season-opening outing since 2001 (10/12) with a 5-2 triumph at Wayne State.
Home Openers – The Bulldogs are 12-15-2 (.448) in home openers dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 3-8-0 mark in its last 11 such outings. Ferris State skated to a 6-2 non-league win over Wayne State in its 2007-08 home opener (10/19).
Seeing Red – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team pick and FSU’s 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award winner, led all Bulldog defensemen in scoring last season with 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 contests. He placed sixth in team scoring and produced the second-highest points total among Ferris’ freshmen a season ago. Redmond, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 184th overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers, attained honorable mention honors on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.
2008-09 Captains – For the first time in three seasons, Ferris State will have a different skater wearing the captain’s ‘C’ this campaign. Cody Chupp, who was an assistant captain on last season’s squad, replaces three-time team captain Adam Welch. Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) will serve as the Bulldogs’ assistant captains this season.
Young Guns Return – Thirteen underclassmen (eight freshmen and five sophomores) accounted for 57.9% (161-278) of the squad’s points production last season and 57.8% (63-109) of the Bulldogs’ goal scoring. Seven of the team’s top 10 points getters were underclassmen.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) was FSU’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative and Bob Daniels was among three finalists for the league’s Coach of the Year Award.