Weekly Notes Games 35-36 -- Michigan vs. Ferris State

Weekly Notes Games 35-36 -- Michigan vs. Ferris State

Bulldogs Vie For Playoff Home Ice In Regular-Season Finale Series

February 23, 2009

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    Date/Time: Friday (Feb. 27) at Big Rapids, Mich. - 7:05 p.m. (EST); Saturday (Feb. 28) at Ann Arbor, Mich. - 8:05 p.m. (EST)
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    FSU Hockey At A Glance: The 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will conclude the regular-season portion of its 2008-09 season schedule this weekend (Feb. 27-28) with a home-and-home Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series against nationally third-ranked Michigan Wolverines. This Friday's (Feb. 27) series opener gets underway at 7:05 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The series finale on Saturday (Feb. 28) will be held at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., with opening faceoff slated for 8:05 p.m. (EST) in the CBS College Sports televised contest.

    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.

    CBS College Sports Regular-Season Finale To Be Televised: CBS College Sports will televise the 2008-09 Ferris State hockey regular-season finale contest at Michigan this Saturday (Feb. 28). Matt McConnell will call the action with Dave Starman serving as the color analyst. The game will be available via cable and satellite - (DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 152).

    The Records: Ferris State is 12-15-7 overall and 9-12-5-2 in the CCHA to date this season following a pair of league losses to Alaska last weekend (Feb. 20-21) at UA�s Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Bulldogs dropped 2-1 (Feb. 20) and 3-2 overtime (Feb. 21) decisions to the Nanooks. FSU is 6-9-2-(1) at home and 6-5-4-(1) on the road this season. 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).

    Michigan is 24-10-0 overall and 18-8-0-0 in the CCHA after splitting a two-game league road series against Ohio State last weekend (Feb. 20-21) at OSU�s Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines skated to a 4-1 triumph in last Friday�s (Feb. 20) series opener before having their five-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the Buckeyes in Saturday�s (Feb. 21) rematch. UM, which has presently won 15 of its last 18 contests, is ranked third nationally this week (Feb. 23) by both U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. The Wolverines are listed fourth in Inside College Hockey.com�s (Feb. 22) national poll. UM is 8-7-0 on the road and 13-3-0 at home this campaign. Michigan posted a 33-6-4 overall record last season, which included a first-place 20-4-4 CCHA mark.

    The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series against Michigan will represent the 90th and 91st meetings between the two in-state schools in a series which the Wolverines maintain a 59-27-3 lead over the Bulldogs. FSU is 17-22-2 at home, 10-35-0 on the road, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites against Michigan. The teams split last season's home-and-home series (2/29-3/1) with each team prevailing on its home ice. Michigan skated to a 5-3 victory in the series opener (2/29) at Ann Arbor before Ferris State registered a 4-3 overtime win the next night (3/1) in Big Rapids to snap a seven-game losing skid. Nine of the last 16 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State is 5-3-1 in those contests. The Bulldogs are averaging 2.80 goals (14 total) an outing in their last five meetings versus Michigan while the Wolverines have scored at an 5.60 goals (28 total) average per contest. FSU is 8-7-1 all-time in February matchups against Michigan - 5-3-1 at home and 3-4-0 on the road.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 269-317-63 (.463) � (11-32-2 vs. Michigan � 7-11-1 Home, 4-20-0 Away, 0-2-1 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.

    MichiganGordon "Red" Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 25th season, 668-308-68 (.672) � (55-22-2 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM�s all-time winningest coach and currently ranks seventh on college hockey�s coaching wins list. Berenson is one of eight head coaches in college hockey history to compile 600 wins. He�s a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year.

    Scouting Michigan: Sophomore forwards Louie Caporusso (22-18=40) and Aaron Palushaj (10-30=40) lead 13 skaters in double-figure points totals. Palushaj ranks tied for sixth nationally in points per game (1.25 avg.) and second in assists (0.94 avg.) while Capousso is listed 16th (1.18 avg.) in points and fourth in goals (0.65 avg.). Sophomore goaltender Bryan Hogan (20-4-0, 1.95 GAA, .915sv%) ranks seventh nationally in goals-against average and 34th in save percentage. UM is seventh in scoring defense (2.12 avg.) and tied for seventh in scoring offense (3.50 avg.) among the national stat leaders.

    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. Michigan was picked to place second in the CCHA Coaches Poll while the media tabbed the Wolverines to win the regular-season league crown.

    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.

    Regular-Season Finale Series � Ferris State is 24-30-4 (.448) all-time in its final two regular-season appearances, which includes a 9-10-1 ledger (.475) since the 1998-99 campaign. For the second straight season, the Bulldogs split their final regular-season series last season (2/29-3/1) against Michigan. FSU lost a 5-3 road decision (2/29) to the Wolverines before prevailing 4-3 in overtime at home (3/1).

    Streak Ends � Ferris State�s 15 overtime game unbeaten streak (3-0-12 record) came to an end with last Saturday�s (2/21) 3-2 overtime loss at Alaska. Prior to that outcome, the Bulldogs� last extra-session setback was Feb. 9, 2007 at Michigan State (2-1). FSU is 2-0-5-(1) at home and 1-1-6-(1) on the road in its last 16 overtime contests.

    Opponents See Red � Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) is midst his most productive season at Ferris State this campaign with a team second-best 24 points (3-21=24) in 34 contests. Redmond, who has notched at least a point in 17 games to date this season, produced 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 outings a season ago.

    Heating Up � Sophomore left wing Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) has stepped up his offensive production with six points (3-3=6) in his last eight appearances after recording 12 points (1-11=12) in his previous 24 appearances this season. Menke�s 18 points (4-14=18) in 32 outings this campaign is three shy of matching his 21-points total (8-13=21) in 39 games a season ago.

    Best For Last � Senior left wing Brendan Connolly�s (Canmore, Alberta) squad-high 25 points (8-17=25) in 31 games this season represents a career single-season high, surpassing his 24 points (13-11=24) in 38 appearances last season. Connolly now has amassed at least 20 or more points in his last three seasons to date, which started in 2006-07 with 22 points (11-11=22) in 38 contests.

    Lighting The Lamp � Seven of sophomore left wing Mike Embach�s (Orland Park, Ill.) last nine points (7-2=9) in his last 13 encounters this campaign have been on lamplighters. Nine of Embach�s 10 career markers have occurred this season in 55 career appearances. Embach, who netted his first career hat trick at Western Michigan earlier this season (1/10) in a 4-2 victory, snapped a six-game non-goal scoring streak with his second-period tally at Alaska last Saturday (2/21). His previous goal was at the expense of Nebraska-Omaha (1/30) in a 7-1 league home triumph.

    Senior Night 2009 � The Bulldogs will honor their five senior student-athletes prior to this Friday�s (2/27) regular-season home finale. Forwards Brendan Connolly, Corey Couturier, J.T. Dahlinger, and Justin Lewandowski along with defenseman Evan Case will be recognized in the annual pre-game ceremony.

    Against The Big Boys � FSU sports a 1-6-1 overall record (0-4-0 at home and 1-2-1 on the road) against the CCHA�s top four teams (Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, and Alaska) to date this season. Justin Lewandowski (1-3=4) and Zach Redmond (0-4=4) have compiled a squad-leading four points against those combined opponents. Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 1-3-0 in net with a 1.27 goals-against average (five goals allowed) and a .959 save percentage (118 saves) in four appearances while freshman netminder Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) sports a 0-3-1 record with a 2.69 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) and a .901 save percentage (100 saves) in four outings.

    Kudos For Couturier � Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) has totaled a career single-season high 16 points (7-9=16) in 34 games this season, which eclipsed his 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 seasons at FSU, which included 11 points (5-6=11) a season ago in 25 matches.

    A Season�s Comparison � Ferris State has netted 87 goals in its initial 34 outings this season while allowing 87 lamplighters. A season ago following their first 34 contests, the Bulldogs generated 93 goals while giving up 83 markers. The 2008-09 squad currently features 13 individuals with double-figure points totals while last season�s team had 10 skaters in double-digit points at this point in the season. Junior left wing-center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) has nine more points this season (6-10=16; 34 GP) than a season ago (3-4=7; 28 GP). On the flip side, junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) has 15 less points this campaign (7-4=11; 31 GP) than last season (8-18=26; 34 GP).

    The Good, Bad & Ugly � Goaltender Taylor Nelson is 1-4-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average (14 goals allowed) and a .929 save percentage (183 saves) in 422:16 of action in his eight 2009 appearances. Nelson went 4-2-2 with a 2.71 goals-against average (22 goals allowed) and an .896 save percentage (189 saves) in 487:40 between the pipes in eight 2008 encounters. Nelson was honored as the CCHA�s Rookie of the Week (2/2) for his performance versus Nebraska-Omaha (1/30-31) in which posted a .970 save percentage (64 saves) and a 0.96 goals-against average (two goals allowed) in 125 minutes of action.

    Happy New Year � Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond has been Ferris State�s top points leader since the start of the 2009 New Year with a squad-best 12 points (2-10=12) in 14 games. The FSU assistant captain has tallied at least a point in seven outings, which includes a trio of multi-point game performances. Brendan Connolly (3-6=9) and Mike Embach (7-2=9) are currently tied for second place among the team�s top 2009 points producers in 12 and 14 appearances, respectively.

    In The Bulldog Annals � Goaltender Pat Nagle moved into a 16th-place among Ferris State�s all-time saves leaders with his 30 saves at Alaska last Friday (2/20). Nagle, who has amassed 887 career stops in 36 outings to date, surpassed Norm Young�s (1982-85) 16th-place 876 career saves total. Nagle with a career 15-16-3 record is currently tied with Derek MacIntyre (2004-08; 15-15-2 career mark) for 15th place in career victories on the FSU charts. Nagle needs 27 more saves to tie MacIntyre for 15th place on the career saves leaders charts.

    Winning and Losing � The Bulldogs have tallied 50 goals (50 to 24) in their 12 victories this season while scoring 22 markers (22 to 48) in the team�s 15 losses. Ferris State has outscored its opponent 13-6 in the first period when victorious and have been outscored 18-5 in the second period when the outcome favors the opposition. Individually, Brendan Connolly has a team-best 15 points (5-10=15) while Zach Redmond has 13 points (1-12=13) in the FSU wins. Connolly also leads the Bulldogs with eight points (1-7=8) in the Ferris State losses.

    Specialties � Ferris State has allowed just one power-play goal in its last five contests with Bowling Green State gaining the man-advantage lamplighter in a 3-2 home loss to the Bulldogs (2/13). FSU is operating at 96.6% efficiency (28-29) on the penalty kill during that five-game span. On the offensive side, Ferris State has scored a power-play marker in its last seven contests with the last such tally coming in a 1-1 overtime tie against Nebraska-Omaha (1/31).

    Shooting Gallery � FSU has outshot its opponents in 19 contests this season, which includes 14 home encounters. The Bulldogs have a commanding 621-to-493 shots advantage inside Ewigleben Ice Arena compared to a 443-to-425 disadvantage on the opposition�s home ice. Ferris is averaging 36.5 shots at home (621 total) and 28.3 on the road (425 total).

    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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