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Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Nov. 7-8) at Oxford, Ohio; Friday & Saturday - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with Bill Beckwith calling the action. Listen
Television: Ohio News Network (ONN) & NHL Network (U.S. Only)
Live Video Webcast: CBS College Sports All-Access
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will begin a four-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road swing over the next weeks, beginning this weekend (Nov. 7-8) with a two-game league series against the nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in Oxford, Ohio. Both contests are slated for 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoffs at MU's Steve Cady Arena. The games mark the only 2008-09 regular-season meetings between the two schools.
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 is presently 3-3-2 overall and 2-1-1-0 in the CCHA this season after splitting a home league series against Lake Superior State last weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to the Lakers last Friday (Oct. 31), but rallied to post a 4-3 victory in Saturday's (Nov. 1) contest. Ferris State is currently among other teams receiving votes in this week’s (11/3) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports Poll. The Bulldogs are 0-1-2 in road contests this campaign. Ferris State 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).
Miami (Ohio) improved to 4-2-2 overall and 4-1-1-0 in the CCHA to date this season as a result of going 1-1-0 in a two-game home league series versus Alaska last weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) in Oxford, Ohio. Miami, which sports a 2-1-0 ledger in home outings this season, is ranked eighth nationally this week (11/3) in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports polls. The RedHawks are listed 11th in this week's (11/2) Inside College Hockey.com poll. A season ago, Miami (Ohio) registered a 33-8-1 overall record and a second-place 21-6-1 CCHA mark as the RedHawks participated in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years. In the post-season tournament, Miami skated to a 3-2 overtime win over Air Force (3/29) before suffering a 4-3 overtime setback to Boston College (3/30). The RedHawks own the distinction of having registered more victories than any other men's ice hockey program over the past three seasons.
The All-Time Series: This upcoming weekend's series represents the 92nd and 93rd meetings between Ferris State and Miami (Ohio) in a all-time series which started in the 1979-80 season. Miami presently holds a 41-38-12 advantage over Ferris State and is 21-19-4 at home versus the Bulldogs. Last season (2/15-16), Ferris swept then nationally second-ranked Miami in a two-game CCHA series in Big Rapids as the Bulldogs prevailed by 6-5 and 3-1 scores, respectively. To date, 11 of the last 13 contests have been determined by two goals or less with FSU posting a 5-5-1 record (.500) in those matchups. The Bulldogs are 3-4-3 (.450) in their last 10 appearances at Miami and are averaging 2.60 goals a game (26 total) to the RedHawks' 3.30 goals an outing (33 total). Ferris State is 9-5-2 all-time in November outings, which includes a 5-3-0 road mark.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 260-305-58 (.464) – (15-25-6 vs. Miami – 6-14-2 Away, 9-11-3 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. He was one of three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
Miami (Ohio) – Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 10th season, 191-140-30 (.571) – (13-7-2 vs. Ferris State). Blasi was the recipient of the 2006 Spencer Penrose Award as the AHCA’s Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year and is a three-time winner of the CCHA’s Coach of the Year.
About Miami (Ohio): Sophomore forwards Carter Camper (5-7=12), a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team selection, and Pat Cannone (4-8=12) currently lead the RedHawks in scoring. The pair are tied for 23rd place among the national leaders in points per game (1.50 avg.). Freshman goaltender Connor Knapp (3-0-1, 1.97 GAA, .916sv%) is listed 19th nationally in goals-against average and 31st in save percentage. Frosh netminder Cody Reichard (1-2-1, 2.23 GAA, .918sv%) is 28th in save percentage and 24th in goals-against average. Miami is tied for 12th in scoring margin (1.25), 15th in scoring defense (2.12 gpg.), and 17th in scoring offense (3.38 gpg.).
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 – The Robert L. 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.
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.
Life of Riley – Junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has recorded eight points (4-4=8) in as many games this season to tie for the team scoring lead. Riley was held to just one assist in his first eight outings last season. The FSU assistant captain has points in seven of eight games this season and after getting blanked for the first time in last Friday’s (10/31) contest versus Lake Superior State, Riley produced a goal and an assist in Saturdays’ (11/1) 4-3 win over the Lakers to earn first-star honors.
Productive Line – Ferris State’s top forward line of Blair Riley (4-4=8), sophomore center Justin Menke (0-5=5), and junior right wing Cody Chupp (3-3=6) has generated 29.7% (19-64) of the squad’s points production and 28.0% (7-25) of the team’s goal-scoring output.
Effective Penalty-Kill Unit – The Bulldogs are operating at 96.2% (25-for-26) in penalty killing during their last four games with the opponent’s lone power-play goal coming in last Friday’s (10/31) setback to Lake Superior State.
* Better Than Before – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) has a 2-1-1-0 record in his last four outings with a 1.97 goals-against average (eight goals allowed) and a .927 save percentage (102 saves) in a combined 244:04 of action. In his first two appearances this season, Nagle went 0-2-0 with a 5.50 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) and a .796 save percentage (43 saves) in 120 minutes of action.
Shooting Display – Ferris State has outshot the opposition in all but one of its current eight outings this season. To date, the Bulldogs are averaging 38.8 shots per game (310 total) to date this campaign while the opposition is averaging 26.0 shots an outing (208 total) for a difference of +12.8 goals differential. FSU has recorded at least 40 shots on net in a game on four occasions this campaign, which includes a season-high 52 shots against Canisius in the season opener (10/10) at Big Rapids.
Four Score – Junior center Aaron Lewicki’s (Livonia) team-high tying four goals in seven outings this season already matches his 2007-08 season total of four lamplighters in 39 contests. Lewicki, who was Ferris State’s 2007-08 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative, has tallied at least a goal in three of his last five encounters and is midst a current three-game point streak (10/25-11/1) with a combined four points (3-1=4). Lewicki was the recipient of FSU’s Scholar-Athlete Award a season ago.
Getting Offensive – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has netted at least a point in five of the team’s eight games this campaign, which includes a combined five points (1-4=5) in his last five appearances. The Bulldog blueliner notched his first goal of this season with a power-play marker in Saturday’s (11/1) home decision over Lake Superior State. He was honored as the CCHA’s Defenseman of the Week two weeks ago (10/27).
Last November – Ferris State compiled a 4-3-0 mark in November games last season, including a 3-1-0 road mark. The Bulldogs outscored their opponent by a 21-to-14 margin and averaged 3.0 goals per contest. FSU converted 17.1% (6-35) of its power-play chances and was at 75.0% efficiency (27-36) in penalty killing. Ferris averaged 29.9 shots a game (209 total) to the opposition’s 27.9 shots (195 total) during those seven contests.
Seeing Red – Zach Redmond, 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. Zach Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley will serve as the Bulldogs’ assistant captains this season.
Impressive Frosh Class – The Bulldogs’ freshman class is ranked 15th in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH). INCH compiled its 2008 recruiting rankings with extensive input from college and junior coaches along with professional scouts. Individually, goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and goaltender Pat Nagle were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki was FSU’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative and Bob Daniels was among three finalists for the CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
2008-09 Yearbook Available Online: The 2008-09 Ferris State University Men's Ice Hockey Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 84-page publication features such information as 2008-09 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2007-08 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports to find the publication online.