Weekly Notes Games 33-34 -- Ferris State at Alaska

Weekly Notes Games 33-34 -- Ferris State at Alaska

Ferris Ventures To The Last Frontier For Weekend Matchup Versus The Nanooks

February 17, 2009

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    Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Feb. 20-21) at Fairbanks, Alaska; Friday - 11:05 p.m. (EST) & Saturday - 9:05 p.m. (EST)
    Gametracker LogoGametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
    Radio Broadcast: KSUA-FM with Bruce Cech calling the action. Listen
    TVTelevision: Comcast Television (CTV) & NHL Network In Canada - (Feb. 21 Game Only)
    VideoLive Video Webcast: B2 Networks

    FSU Hockey At A Glance: The 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continues Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play on the road this weekend (Feb. 20-21) as the Bulldogs face the Alaska Nanoonks in a two-game set at Fairbanks, Alaska. Opening faceoff for this Friday's (Feb. 20) series opener is 11:05 p.m. (EST) at UA's Carlson Center. The two teams will faceoff again on Saturday (Feb. 21) at 9:05 p.m. (EST) in a contest which will be aired by Comcast Television (CTV).

    FSU Hockey 2008-09 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008-09 Bulldog home regular-season 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. 21) game at Alaska as part of CTV's CCHA Saturday Night Game of the Week package. The contest will be shown on NHL Network in Canada live and replayed on Sunday (Feb. 22) on NHL Network in the United States at noon (EST).Bruce Cech will call the action with Erik Drygas serving as the color analyst.

    The Records: Ferris State is presently 12-13-7 overall and 9-10-5-(2) in the CCHA after splitting a league road series with Bowling Green State last weekend (Feb. 13-14) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. FSU posted a 3-2 victory over the Falcons in last Friday’s (Feb. 13) series opener before suffering a 3-1 setback in Saturday’s (Feb. 14) rematch. The Bulldogs are 2-2-3 in their last seven contests to date. Ferris State is 6-3-4-(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).

    Alaska improved to 13-11-6 overall and 11-10-5-(3) in CCHA play as a result of splitting a league road series with Western Michigan last weekend (Feb. 13-14) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Nanooks lost a 3-0 series-opening decision to the Broncos last Friday (Feb. 13), but came back to notch a 4-3 decision over WMU in Saturday’s (Feb. 14) tilt. Alaska, which is currently 2-2-1 in its last five outings and 7-5-2-(2), is listed among others receiving votes in this week’s (Feb. 16) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports Poll. Alaska registered a 9-21-5 overall record with a ninth-place 8-16-4 CCHA mark a season ago.

    The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Alaska will meet for the 50th and 51st times this weekend in a series which is currently tied at 23-23-3. Ferris State will seek to avenge this season's earlier series (11/21-22) at Big Rapids as the Nanooks swept the Bulldogs with 3-2 and 2-0 victories. FSU is 8-16-1 all-time in road outings versus Alaska, which includes a 2-8-0 ledger in its last 10 appearances on the Nanooks' ice. The Bulldogs have dropped their last six encounters at Alaska to date. Eleven of the last 14 matchups have been decided by two goals or less with FSU producing a 1-8-2 mark in those encounters. Ferris State is 4-2-1 all-time in February contests, which includes a 2-2-1 road mark.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 269-315-63 (.464) – (19-22-3 vs. Alaska – 8-16-1 Away, 11-6-2 Home, 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. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.

    AlaskaDallas Ferguson (Alaska, 1996), 1st season, 13-11-6 (.533) – (2-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Ferguson was named Alaska’s eighth head coach on May 2008 following the four previous years as an assistant coach. He was a four-year (1992-96) letterwinner for the Nanooks and currently ranks 21st on UA’s career scoring list.

    Scouting Alaska: The Nanooks have seven skaters with double-digit points totals, led by junior center Dion Knelsen (7-12=19) and senior right wing Braden Walls (9-8=17). Senior goalie Chad Johnson (10-11-5, 1.73 GAA, .936sv%) is listed third in save percentage, fifth in goals-against average, and 44th in winning percentage (.481) among the national statistical leaders. Nationally, the Nanooks rank first in scoring defense (1.73 gpg.), 26th in scoring margin (0.30), 54th in scoring offense (2.03 gpg.), and 55th in penalty minutes (11.7 avg.). UA has secured a home ice CCHA Playoff series for the first time since 2003-04 and only the third time in the program's history.

    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. Alaska was chosen to place tied for 11th place in the CCHA Coaches Poll and while the media picked the Nanooks to finish 11th place.

    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.

    Pat On The Back – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle’s (Bloomfield) 34 saves at Bowling Green last Friday (2/13) represented a season high, bettering his 33 stops on three prior occasions – at Northern Michigan (11/29), against Notre Dame (12/6), and versus Alabama-Huntsville (12/12). The Bulldog netminder’s 34 stops against the Falcons were two shy of equalling his career single-game best 36 saves versus Miami last season (2/16/08). Nagle has presently compiled 30 or more saves in a game 11 times during his FSU career, which includes eight such performances this campaign.

    Opponents See Red – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond’s (Traverse City) two points (0-2=2) at Bowling Green last Friday (2/13) marked his fifth multiple-point game effort this season in 32 contests. Redmond, who has racked up a present career season-high 23 points (3-20=23) this season, has notched at least a point in 16 outings this 2008-09 campaign.

    Rookie Lamplighter – Three (3-0=3) of freshman center Jordie Johnston’s (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) four points (3-1=4) in 25 games this season have resulted in goals. Johnston’s last three points to date have been on lamplighters – at Northern Michigan (11/29), against Ohio State (1/16), and at Bowling Green (2/13).

    Making His Case – Junior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) has set a career season high in points after producing his 11th point (1-10=11) with an assist at Bowling Green last Friday (2/13). Case’s 11 points in 32 contests this season eclipses his 10 points (4-6=10) in 29 games for the 2006-07 season.

    Humanitarian Award Nominee – Junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) 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 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.

    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 (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.

    One More – Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) is one point away from matching his career single-season best 24 points (13-11=24) in 38 outings last season. Connolly has a team-high tying 23 points (7-16=23) in 29 games to date this campaign, which represents the third straight season in which the Bulldog skater has registered at least 20 points in a season. He chalked up 22 points (11-11=22) in 38 contests for the 2006-07 season after garnering seven (1-6=7) as a freshman in 2005-06.

    League Road Play – Ferris State is 6-2-3 this season in CCHA road play as the Bulldogs are averaging 2.55 goals per game (28 total) to their opponent’s 2.18 goals an outing (24 total). Goaltender Pat Nagle has posted a 4-1-2 record with a 1.68 goals-against average (12 goals allowed) and a .944 save percentage (204 saves) in 428:56 of action. Freshman netminder Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) sports a 2-1-1 mark with a 2.71 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) and a .903 save percentage (102 saves) in 243:06 of action. FSU is paced in scoring by Zach Redmond’s seven points (0-7=7) in 11 contests. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponent a combined 17-10 advantage in the opening two periods, but have been outscored 14-11 in the final 20 minutes of a contest.

    Happy New YearZach Redmond has been Ferris State’s top points leader since the start of the 2009 New Year with a squad-best 11 points (2-9=11) in 12 games. The FSU assistant captain has tallied at least a point in six outings, which includes a trio of multi-point game performances. Corey Couturier (1-7=8) and Mike Embach (6-2=8) are tied for second place among the team’s top 2009 points producers in 12 appearances, respectively.

    In The Bulldog Annals – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle is 19 saves away from moving into a 16th-place tie among Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders. Nagle, who has amassed 857 career stops in 35 outings to date, would tie Norm Young’s (1982-85) 16th-place 876 career saves total. Nagle, who has a career 15-15-3 record, tied Derek MacIntyre (2004-08; 15-15-2 career mark) for 15th place in career victories on the FSU charts with his win at Bowling Green last Friday (2/13).

    Best For Last – Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) assisted on Ferris State’s lone goal in last Saturday’s (2/14) 3-1 league loss at Bowling Green. The point represented his 16th this season (7-9=16) in 32 games, which surpassed his previous career-best of 15 points (8-7=15) in 35 contests as a freshman in the 2005-06 campaign. Couturier has presently posted double-digit points in three of his four years (2005- ) at FSU, which includes 11 points (5-6=11) a season ago in 25 matches.

    February LeadersCody Chupp has compiled 15 career points (5-10=15) in 20 February games while junior right wing-left wing Blair Riley has produced 11 career points (4-7=11) in 18 outings for this month. Brendan Connolly has posted eight career points (4-5=9) in 27 contests while Corey Couturier has notched eight points (4-4=8) in 25 encounters. On the blueline, Matt Case (3-4=7) and sophomore Scott Wietecha (2-5=7) lead the way in 20 and 13 games, respectively. Pat Nagle sports a 3-2-1 record with a 2.48 goals-against average (14 goals allowed) and a .917 save percentage (155 saves) in six 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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