Weekly Notes Games 31-32 -- Ferris State at Bowling Green State

Weekly Notes Games 31-32 -- Ferris State at Bowling Green State

Bulldogs Continue CCHA Stretch Run With Two-Game Road Series

February 10, 2009

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    Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Feb. 13-14) at Bowling Green, Ohio; Friday & Saturday - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
    Gametracker LogoGametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
    Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with play-by-play announcer Bill Beckwith. Listen
    TVTelevision: Buckeye Cable System Network (BCSN) - (Feb. 13 Game Only); Comcast Television & NHL Network In Canada - (Feb. 14 Game Only)
    VideoLive Video Webcast: None

    FSU Hockey At A Glance: The 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continues the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) stretch run this weekend (Feb. 13-14) when the Bulldogs tangle with the Bowling Green State Falcons in a two-game series at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The puck will drop for both CCHA contests at 7:05 p.m. (EST). The two-game set is the only one between the two teams during the 2008-09 regular season.

    FSU Hockey 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.

    Comcast Television Comcast Television: Comcast Television (CTV) will be airing live this Saturday's (Feb. 14) game at Bowling Green State as part of CTV's CCHA Saturday Night Game of the Week package. Ben Holden will call the action with Lyle Phair as the analyst and Art Regnier serving as the sideline reporter.

    The Records: Ferris State is 11-12-7 overall and 8-9-5-2 in CCHA play this season to date following a league home-and-home series split with Michigan State last weekend (Feb. 6-7). The Bulldogs skated to a 2-2 overtime tie last Friday (Feb. 6) and then claimed a 2-1 shootout win over the Spartans at MSU’s Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Ferris State then had its four-game (1-0-3) unbeaten streak snapped following a 1-0 home loss to Michigan State in Saturday’s (Feb. 7) series finale at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who are 2-2-3 in their last seven appearances to date, are 5-2-4-(1) in away encounters 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).

    Bowling Green State is 9-18-3 overall and 6-15-1-0 in the CCHA this season after suffering a pair of road league losses to Northern Michigan last weekend (Feb. 6-7) at NMU’s Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. The Falcons dropped a 3-0 series-opening decision to the Wildcats last Friday (Feb. 6) and then were dealt a 4-1 setback in Saturday’s (Feb. 7) finale. BGSU, which is midst a current five-game losing skid, has presently compiled a 7-8-2 mark in home contests this campaign. A season ago, Bowling Green registered an 18-21-0 overall record and notched a seventh-place 13-15-0 CCHA ledger.

    The All-Time Series: Bowling Green State leads Ferris State 51-42-11 in a series which started in the 1978-79 season. The Bulldogs went 1-3-0 in last season's four meetings with FSU suffering a pair of home setbacks, 6-3 and 3-1, to the Falcons (11/9-10) in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State would go on to split a two-game set later in the campaign (2/22-23) at Bowling Green as the Bulldogs prevailed 2-1 in the series opener before being dealt a 2-1 setback in the finale. FSU has compiled a 19-31-5 road record against Bowling Green, but is 7-4-2 (.615) in its last 13 appearances on the Falcons' ice. Nine of the last 13 games at BGSU have been determined by one goal while two outings have been overtime encounters. FSU is 5-4-0 in those one-goal contests and 5-4-2 overall in the 11 one-goal or less games. Overall, twelve of the last 14 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs producing a 7-3-2 (.667) mark in those contests. Ferris State is 12-11-5 all-time in February games, which includes a 3-5-2 road mark.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 268-313-62 (.465) – (10-33-7 vs. Michigan State – 7-19-1 Away, 2-13-5 Home, 1-1-1 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 among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.

    Bowling Green StateScott Paluch (Bowling Green State, 1991), 6th season, 82-150-23 (.367) – (4-10-2 vs. Ferris State). Paluch earned 1987-88 All-America and All-CCHA First-Team honors as a senior at BGSU. He served as an associate head coach at Boston College from 1995-02 prior to becoming the fifth coach in the program’s history. Paluch was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in December 2007.

    Scouting Bowling Green State: The Falcons have six skaters with double-digit points totals, led by sophomore forward Dan Sexton (13-20=33) along with senior forward Brandon Svendsen (9-17=26) and sophomore forward David Solway (11-9=20). Sexton is tied for 23rd place nationally in points per game (1.10 ppg.) and tied for 46th in goals a game (0.43 gpg.). Senior Jimmy Spratt (9-14-3, 3.01 GAA, .893sv%) is BGSU’s top netminder. The Falcons rank 46th among the national leaders in scoring offense (2.27 gpg.), 47th in scoring margin (-1.13 margin), and 49th in scoring defense (3.40 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. Bowling Green was selected to finish ninth in the CCHA Coaches Poll and seventh by the media.

    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 FSU Hockey 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.

    Eight Is Enough – Junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) snapped an eight-game non-goal scoring streak at Michigan State last Friday (2/6)?with a third-period equalizer. Prior to that goal, Chupp’s last lamplighter was a first-period tally in a 5-2 home non-league decision over Alabama-Huntsville (12/13). The FSU captain’s two-point game effort at Michigan State represented his third multiple-point outing this campaign, matching his two points (1-1=2) against Canisius (10/11) and (2-0=2) versus Western Michigan (10/25).

    Humanitarian Award NomineeCody Chupp is one of 21 nominees vying for the 2009 The Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is given annually to college hockey’s finest citizen. The finalists for the award will be announced in mid February and the award’s 14th recipient will be named in a ceremony on Friday, April 10 at the NCAA Frozen Four. Chupp has been an active community participant in such civic organizations as Make-A-Wish, Playscape, and youth hockey. Chupp also has been nominated for a Giant Steps Award in coordination with National Student-Athlete Day (April 6), which is a program of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

    Fit To Be Tied – Ferris State extended its undefeated string in overtime games to 15 straight (3-0-12 record) as a result of the Bulldogs’ 2-2 overtime tie at Michigan State last Friday (2/6). The Bulldogs haven’t lost an extra-session encounter since Feb. 9, 2007 at Michigan State (2-1). FSU is 2-0-5-(1) at home and 1-0-6-(1) on the road in those 15 outings. The Bulldogs are currently 0-0-7-(2) in overtime contests this season, which includes three of the team’s last five contests to date.

    Defensive Stoppers – Ferris State ranks 20th nationally in scoring defense (2.57 goals allowed per game) and has held its opponent to two or fewer goals in 19 games this season. The Bulldogs, who are 9-5-5 in those contests this campaign, have limited their opponent to one goal on seven occasions.

    Opponents See Red – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond’s (Traverse City) 21 points (3-18=21) in 30 games this season marks a career single-season high, eclipsing his 19 points total (6-13=19) in 37 2007-08 outings. Redmond has currently generated nine points (2-7=9) in has last nine appearances, which featured a four-game (1/10-30) point streak (2-4=6), but has since went scoreless in his last three contests.

    Making His Case – Junior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) had his season-high tying three-game (1/30-2/6) point string end in last Saturday’s (2/7) home matchup with Michigan State. Prior to that contest, Case has registered an assist apiece (0-3=3) in three straight games to match his previous points string earlier this campaign (12/13-1/3) in which he garnered four points (0-4=4). The FSU blueliner’s 10 points (1-9=10) in 30 games this season ties a career season high, equaling his 10 points (4-6=10) in 29 appearances as a freshman in the 2006-07 campaign.

    CCHA Road Warriors – Ferris State is 5-1-3 this season in CCHA road play as the Bulldogs are averaging 2.67 goals per game (24 total) to their opponent’s 2.11 goals an outing (19 total). Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 3-1-2 between the posts with a 1.63 goals-against average (10 goals allowed) and a .944 save percentage (170 saves) in 368:56 of action. Freshman netminder Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) sports a 2-0-1 mark with a 2.60 goals-against average (eight goals allowed) and a .912 save percentage (83 saves) in 184:33. FSU is paced in scoring by senior right wing Justin Lewandowski’s (Naperville, Ill.) six points (3-3=6) in nine outings and freshman defenseman Chad Billins’ (Marysville) six points (0-6=6) in eight games.

    Saving The Best For Last – Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) is making the most of his final season with a career-high tying 15 points (7-8=15) this season in 30 contests. Couturier has presently posted double-digit points totals in three of his four years (2005- ) at FSU and his 15 points matches his 2005-06 season output (8-7=15) in 35 games. Couturier totaled 11 points (5-6=11) a season ago in 25 matches.

    A Constant – Senior left wing Brendan Connolly’s (Canmore, Alberta) team-best 22 points (7-15=22) in 27 games this 2008-09 campaign marks the third straight season in which the Bulldog skater has achieved at least 20 points in a single season. Connolly had 24 points (13-11=24) in 38 contests a season ago after generating 22 points (11-11=22) in 38 2006-07 season outings.

    Set-Up Man – Sophomore left wing-center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan), who has 12 assists in 28 outings this season, is one assist shy of matching his 13 helpers in 39 games a season ago. Menke’s 25 career assists in 67 outings accounts for 69.4% (25-36) of his career scoring total.

    February Leaders – Junior right wing Cody Chupp has compiled 15 career points (5-10=15) in 18 February games while junior right wing-left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has produced 11 career points (4-7=11) in 16 outings for this month. Brendan Connolly has posted eight career points (4-4=8) in 25 contests while Corey Couturier has notched seven points (4-3=7) in 23 encounters. On the blueline, Matt Case (3-3=6) and sophomore Scott Wietecha (1-5=6) lead the way in 18 and 11 games, respectively. Pat Nagle sports a 2-2-1 record with a 2.51 goals-against average (12 goals allowed) and a .909 save percentage (121 saves) in five appearances.

    Midseason KudosZach Redmond was recently selected to the Inside College Hockey.com’s First Half All-CCHA Team in its 2008-09 CCHA Midseason Review. Redmond was tabbed as the CCHA’s Defenseman of the Week earlier this season (10/27) and was a 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team selection.

    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 ImprovementThe 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.

    Talented DefenderZach 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. Junior right wing-center 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 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 RollZach Redmond along with center Justin Menke 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.

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