Weekly Notes Games 35-36: Ferris State at Ohio State

Weekly Notes Games 35-36: Ferris State at Ohio State

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This Week:
at Ohio State

Thursday & Friday (Feb. 24-25) - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Value City Arena (17,500 capacity) - Columbus, Ohio

Live Game Statistics: Thursday | Friday
Live Video Webcast:  Thursday & Friday - Big Ten Network
Television: None
 Radio Broadcast: Thursday & Friday: 1460 AM and 107.7 FM WBRN
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The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will conclude the regular-season portion of its 2010-11 schedule this week (Feb. 24-25) with a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road series versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.  Both contests will start at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in what represents the second series between the two teams this campaign.  

Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast for this week's (Feb. 24-25) games at Ohio State will be available at www.bigtennetwork.com.  A live internet audio broadcast is also available through UStream.      

The Records: Ferris State is 16-14-4 overall and 11-12-3-2 (sixth place tie--38 pts.) in the CCHA this season as a result of suffering a pair of league setbacks to nationally-ranked Notre Dame this past weekend (Feb. 18-19) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs came up short in a 3-2 decision to the Fighting Irish last Friday (Feb. 18) and dropped a 5-2 contest in Saturday's (Feb. 19) weekend series finale.  Ferris State, which has compiled a 7-7-1 away ledger this campaign, is listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Feb. 21) U.S. College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) poll.  FSU is 5-2-0 in its last seven outings to date.  The Bulldogs produced a 21-13-6 overall record for the 2009-10 season, which included a third-place 13-9-6-4 CCHA ledger.  Ferris State went on to make its first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.  

Ohio State is 15-15-3 overall with a 10-13-3-2 (ninth place--35 pts.) in CCHA play after registering a 1-0-1 mark last weekend (Feb. 18-19) in a home league series against Lake Superior State at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Buckeyes skated to a 1-1 overtime tie versus LSSU in last Friday's (Feb. 18) series opener with the Lakers prevailing 1-0 in a shootout.  Ohio State posted a 5-2 decision over Lake Superior State in Saturday's (Feb. 19) rematch.  The Buckeyes snapped a three-game non-winning string with Saturday's triumph and are 8-5-2 in home encounters this campaign.  Ohio State posted a 15-18-6 overall record with an eighth-place 10-12-6-(4) ledger in the CCHA      

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 19th season, 306-348-73 (.471) - (25-29-5 vs. Ohio State -- 7-17-2 Away, 18-11-3 Home, and 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 among three finalists for both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Awards.  Prior to the 2010-11 season, Daniels ranked 15th in victories among NCAA Division I active coaches and was listed 48th place in all-time wins.  Daniels notched his 300th career victory on Jan. 7, 2011, in the Bulldogs' 4-1 league triumph at Bowling Green State.

Ohio State - Mark Osiecki (Wisconsin, 1994), 1st season, 15-15-3 (.500) - (1-1-0 vs. Ferris State).  Osiecki was named Ohio State's eighth head coach in April 2010 after spending the last six seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin as the program's recruiting coordinator and defensive coach under UW head coach Mike Eaves.  He was a three-year lettterwinner as a defenseman at Wisconsin from 1987-90 and served as the Badgers' assistant captain for the 1990 NCAA Championship team.  Osiecki, who was picked in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, played a total of six years in the NHL with Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Minnesota.

Scouting Ohio State: Senior forwards John Albert (12-22=34) and Sergio Somma (17-14=31) are tops among nine skaters with double-digit points totals.  Somma is tied for 32nd place nationally in goals per game (0.52) and 77th in points (0.94) while Albert ranks in a 53rd-place tie (1.03).  The two are joined by junior forward Danny Dries (14-12=26) along with senior Peter Boyd (10-15=25) and senior defenseman Shane Sims (2-15=17) on the Buckeyes' scoring leaders chart.  Junior goaltender Cal Heeter (15-15-3, 2.31 GAA, .921sv%), who has appeared in all 33 contests this season, ranks 16th in the nation for save percentage and 19th in goals-against average.  Nationally, Ohio State is listed 13th in scoring defense (2.42 gpg.), 23rd in scoring margin (0.30 gpg.), tied for 24th in penalty-kill efficiency (82.7%), 30th in power-play efficiency (17.2%), 33rd in combined special teams (49.3%), 36th in scoring offense (2.73 gpg.), and 42nd in penalty minutes (12.6 avg.).         

The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series at Ohio State will mark the 116th and 117th meetings with the Buckeyes having a 58-44-13 series advantage.  The Bulldogs are 14-34-9 on the road, 30-23-4 at home, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites against OSU.  The teams split a two-game set earlier this season (Oct. 22-23) at FSU with the Bulldogs posting a 2-1 victory (Oct. 22) before suffering a 5-3 setback in the finale (Oct. 23).  Ferris State is 9-3-2 (.714) in its last 14 appearances versus the Buckeyes.  Nine of the last 14 meetings have been decided by two goals or more with Ferris State producing a 6-3-0 mark in those contests.  Ferris State is averaging 3.33 goals per game (383 total) in the series while Ohio State has averaged 3.64 goals an outing (419 total) for a 0.31 goals differential. FSU has assembled a 12-15-1 all-time record in February matchups versus the Buckeyes, which includes a 4-10-1 road ledger.   

Hobey Baker Award Candidates: Two Ferris State seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and defenseman Zach Redmond has been named as 2010-11 season candidates for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award which is awarded annually to college hockey's top player.  The pair are among 68 candidates for the Award and the popular fan-voting phase is currently open at the Hobey Baker website -  www.hobeybaker.com.  Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make a selection from this year's outstanding group of college hockey players.  Nagle presently ranks fourth among the national leaders in goals-against average (2.00), 12th in save percentage (.923), and tied for 29th in winning percentage (.562).   Redmond is tied for 24th place nationally in game-winning goals (three). 

Nation's Best: Senior left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) tallied his national-leading and school-record tying fifth short-handed goal of this season in last Friday's (Feb. 18) 3-2 home setback to Notre Dame.  Embach has tallied a combined three short-handed lamplighters in his last three games to date, which included a pair of shorties against Alabama-Huntsville (Feb. 12).  Embach is currently tied with Tom Rudrud (1982-83), Rod Schulter (1988-89), and Rob Collins (2001-02) as Bulldog single-season record holders.

Regular-Season Finales: The Bulldogs are 24-32-6 (.435) all-time in their final two regular-season appearances per season, which includes a 9-12-3 (.438) ledger since the 1998-99 campaign.  Ferris State posted a pair of overtime ties (2-2 and 1-1) against Western Michigan last season (Feb. 26-27) in a home-and-home regular-season finale series.

Dispelling The Jinx: Sophomore right wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) has dispelled the "sophomore's jinx by establishing a career season high in points with 16 (7-9=16) total in 34 games, which surpasses his 14 points (9-5=14) in 38 contests for the 2009-10 campaign.  Kirzinger has currently chalked up six points (3-3=6) in as many outings this month.

Pat On The Back: Goaltender Pat Nagle currently ranks second place among Ferris State's all-time winningest netminders with a 43-40-10 career mark in 94 appearances to date.  The Bulldog netminder is presently 20 victories away from tying Mike Brown's (2001-04; 63-57-7) school-record 63 wins.  

Fillin' It Up: Mike Fillinger has notched at least a point in eight of his last 12 outings, which includes a point in five of his last six appearances (2-3=5).  Fillinger's 13 points (7-6=13) in 30 games this season ties a career best, equalling his 13 points (9-4=13) in 31 contests set in the 2007-08 campaign. 

Streak Continues: Freshman defenseman Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) extended his current points string to four consecutive with his first collegiate goal in last Saturday's (Feb. 19) 5-2 loss to Notre Dame.  The Bulldog defender had produced an assist in his three prior outings before tallying a power-play lamplighter versus Notre Dame.  Czarnowczan has generated a squad-high 10 points (1-9=10) among Ferris State's rookie skaters in 30 outings this season. 

Scoring Leaders: Ferris State presently has 13 skaters with double-figure points totals this season, led by Zach Redmond's team-leading 20 points (7-13=20) in 26 appearances.  Those 13 individuals have combined to produce 80.3% (171-213) of the team's points production and 81.5% (66-81) of the Bulldogs' goal-scoring output this campaign.

Productive Blueliners: The Bulldogs' eight defensemen have accounted for 33.8% (72-213) of the team's points production and 22.2% (18-81) of the squad's goal-scoring output in 34 contests this season.  Zach Redmond (7-13=20), junior Chad Billins (5-10=15), senior Scott Wietecha (2-8-10), junior Brett Wysopal (2-8=10), and Scott Czarnowczan (1-9=10) have all produced double-figure point totals this campaign.  Those five individuals have netted 90.3% (65-72) of Ferris State's points production this campaign among the blueliners. 

Almost There: Mike Embach's 18 points (8-10=18) in 34 games this season is two shy of matching his career single-season high of 20 points (9-11=20) set a season ago in 34 outings.  Embach is midst a current four-game points streak with a combined six points (3-3=6) during that span. Embach has recorded at least a point in 15 of his 34 appearances this season. 

Close Encounters: Twenty five of Ferris State's 34 contests this season have been determined by two goals or less, including 23 of the team's last 30 outings.  The Bulldogs have produced a 10-11-4 mark (.480) in those 25 matchups. 

Productive Puck Stopper: Pat Nagle currently ranks fourth on Ferris State's all-time saves leaders chart with 2,323 career stops in 96 contests.  Nagle, who recently moved ahead of Vince Owen (1997-00; 2,229 career saves) for fourth place on the career saves leaders list, is 333 saves away from tying Mike Williams (1986-89; 2,656 career stops) for third-place honors.  Nagle holds the distinction of being among seven Bulldog netminders to amass at least 2,000 career saves.

On The Road: The Bulldogs have compiled a 7-7-3 record in away contests this campaign while averaging 1.761 goals an outing (30 total) to the opposition's 1.65 goals per contest (28 total).  Individually, Chad Billins' nine points (5-4=9) in 15 road games is tops on the team.  Pat Nagle is 7-6-1 in goal with a 1.74 goals-against average (24 goals allowed) and a .932 saves percentage (330 saves) as a 14-game starter. 

Dominant RedZach Redmond presently ranks 37th place on Ferris State's all-time points leader list with 90 career points (22-68=90) and is listed tied for 24th place in assists.  The FSU blueliner is tied for seventh in goals among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen while ranking sixth in assists and seventh in points.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a current 103-71-24 record (.581) at home since the 2000-01 campaign.  FSU has reached double-figure win totals in a season on four occasions, which includes 15 victories in the 2002-03 (15-4-1) and 2009-10 (15-3-2) campaigns.  The Bulldogs presently sport a 9-6-3 (.583) record in home appearances this season.    

CCHA Standings: Fans can view the complete 2010-11 CCHA Standings at this link - CCHA Standings.  The composite 2010-11 league schedule can be accessed at this link - CCHA Schedule along with overall and league statistics - CCHA Statistics

2011 CCHA Tournament: The first-round series of the 2011 CCHA Tournament will be held March 4-6 with the top five regular-season finishers receiving byes.  Seeds 6-8 will host seeds 9-11 at campus sites in a best-of-three series.  The quarterfinals will be conducted March 11-13 with the top four regular-season finishers hosting the remaining four teams at campus sites of the four highest-seeded teams.  

CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the 2010-11 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 64 points.  The Bulldogs received 546 points in the media poll to place sixth among the 11 conference teams.  Points were awarded on a 12-11-10-9, etc., basis. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.

CCHA Preseason Honors: Zach Redmond has been selected a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason All-Conference First-Team member in voting conducted by the league's 11 head coaches.  Redmond was among six individuals to achieve first-team laurels as coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players.  The 6-2, 205-pound blueliner registered a career season-best 27 points on six goals with 21 assists, which tied career season highs, in 40 contests for the 2009-10 campaign.  Redmond, a three-time CCHA Defenseman of the Week pick a season ago, attained honorable mention accolades on both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams.  Pat Nagle garnered second-team laurels after registering a 12-10-3 record with a 2.13 goals-against average (53 goals allowed) and a .923 saves percentage (636 total saves) as a starter in 24 of 26 outings a season ago. 

Well-Deserved Recognition: Zach Redmond has been named to Inside College Hockey.com's (INCH) 2010-11 Preseason All-America Third Team and was of six individuals to receive such recognition as announced on Oct. 7.  The selections were made by Inside College Hockey editors and staff, with input from the media and coaches from around the country.  Redmond was also tabbed a 2010-11 CCHA Preseason All-Conference First-Team honoree.   

Top Dog: Zach Redmond has been selected Ferris State's team captain for the 2010-11 season and is the 39th individual in the program's history who will be wearing the captain's 'C' on his jersey.  He was drafted in the 2008 National Hockey League's (NHL) Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers with the 184th overall pick in the seventh round.  

2011 Frozen Four: Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four scheduled for April 7 and 9, 2011 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., are available for purchase by visiting www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000.   Each all-session ticket includes the two semifinal games on Thursday, April 7, and the national championship game on Saturday, April 9.  For more information on the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, visit www.NCAA.com/frozenfour.

2011 CCHA Championship Weekend: The 2011 CCHA Championship will be held March 18- 19 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.  The weekend event commences Thursday, March 17, with the annual CCHA Awards Show presented by RBC Financial Group at Fox Theatre from 7:30-9 p.m. (EST).  The semifinal contests get underway Friday, March 18, at 4:35 p.m. (EST) and 8:05 p.m. (EST), respectively.  The CCHA Championship Game is set for Saturday, March 19, at 7:35 p.m. (EST) preceeded by the CCHA Third-Place Game at 3:35 p.m. (EST).  Please click on this 2011 CCHA Championships link for more information. 

Bulldog Hockey Twitbook: All Ferris State Bulldog Hockey fans now can have access to additional information on the 2010-11 team via Twitter at twitter.com/FerrisHockey

On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.