November 29, 2011

Hockey Notes: #6 FSU vs. #12 Western Michigan

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vs. Western Michigan
Friday (Dec. 2) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.

Saturday (Dec. 3) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Live Game Statistics:
http://livestats.prestosports.com/ferrisstate/

Radio Broadcast:  Both games will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM.  Visit this link to access the Bulldog Sports Network audio for both games:
http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal

Video:  A live video pay-per-view webcast will be offered for Friday's home game at this link:
http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ferris.portal

The Opening Faceoff: The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will return to action after a bye weekend, facing off against the 12th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos this weekend (Dec. 2-3) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series. The action gets underway this Friday (Dec. 2) in Big Rapids before concluding on Saturday (Dec. 3) in Kalamazoo, Mich. The two-game league set between the in-state schools marks the first of two series' for the 2011-12 campaign.  Both games start at 7:05 p.m. (ET).

2011-12 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information:
Tickets for all 2011-12 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. The ticket office will also offer extended hours until 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday's throughout the season and be open on hockey home game Saturday's at 12 p.m. (ET).

Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan and at the Student Services Office in the FSU Rankin Student Center.

Media Coverage
: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2011-12 FSU men's ice hockey home games through Stretch Internet for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at www. FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home contests with a live audio stream for all home and away games.

Bleed Out The Rink:
Bulldog Athletics is partnering on campus with a student marketing group for a "Bleed Out The Rink" promotion on Friday night and a variety of prizes will be given away.  Fans are encouraged to wear as much red as possible and it will be required to enter any of the contests.  Special red shirts will be sold across campus this week for only $7. Prizes will include such items as four Detroit Red Wings tickets, five $5 Biggy Coffee gift cards, water bottles donated by MC Sports, a free two-week pass to Bulldawg Fitness, 18 holes of golf with cart at Grand Haven Golf Club, Tan Lines coupons, gift cards, pizza and more.  Special ticket stubs will also feature discounts and prizes.

The Records:
Ferris State is presently 10-3-1 overall and 6-3-1-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. FSU is currently listed in fourth place with 19 points among the CCHA schools, right behind Lake Superior State, who is holding down the third place spot with 20 points. Notre Dame is leading the conference with 24 points in 12 CCHA games played while Ohio State stands at second for the third week in a row with 23 points. The Bulldogs are coming off a bye weekend and last saw action Nov. 18-19 in a two-game road series at Alaska. The Bulldogs suffered a 2-0 loss the first night before rallying to a 3-2 victory in Saturday's contest.

Western Michigan
currently holds a 6-4-3 overall record and is 4-4-2 in conference play. Western Michigan is coming off a home-and-home series against Notre Dame, which concluded last Tuesday (Nov. 22). In the opening game, the Broncos dropped a 3-2 decision in South Bend, Ind. They then tied 2-2 with the Fighting Irish in the series finale and ultimately gained the extra point in a shootout victory.

The Coaches:
Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 318-353-75 (.476) – (22-27-3 vs. WMU – 10-20-1 away, 12-7-2 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 crowing 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.

Western Michigan- Andy Murray  (Brandon University, 1972), 1st season, 6-4-3 (.666) -  Andy Murray was announced as the sixth head coach in the history of the Western Michigan men's ice hockey program on July 26, 2011. Murray comes to WMU with an extensive resume earned at the highest level of professional hockey. He is one of only 39 coaches in NHL history to reach 300 wins with a career record of 333-278-58-71. Murray has 10 years of NHL head coaching experience, spending six seasons at the helm of the Los Angeles Kings and four with the St. Louis Blues. Murray is the Kings' All-Time franchise leader in wins with 215 and led Los Angeles to three 90-point seasons in his tenure. During the 2008-09 season with St. Louis, he was a finalist for the Jack Adams Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Blues to a third place finish in the Central Division.  

Scouting the Broncos: Sophomore forwards Chase Balisy and Shane Berschbach currently lead the Broncos on the point board. Balisy holds the top spot with 13 points, coming from four goals and nine assists.  Berschbach has tallied five goals and six assists thus far in the 2011-12 campaign for 11 points. Sophomore defender Dennis Brown leads the Bronco defense with one goal and seven assists on the season. Defensemen Dan DeKeyser and Matt Tennyson also contribute to the defensive scoring with six points apiece. DeKeyser has compiled an impressive 20 blocked shots to date this season. The WMU roster features four NHL draft picks in Balisy (Nashville, 2011), Mike Cichy (Montreal, 2009), Garret Haar (Washington, 2011) and Luke Witkowski (Tampa Bay, 2009)

The All-Time Series: Ferris State holds a 51-68-11 all-time series record against Western Michigan. This includes a 30-25-6 home advantage and a 20-39-5 road mark. The Bulldogs hold a 6-3-4 advantage in the last 13 outings. Last season, the Bulldogs hosted the Broncos in a two-game regular season series. Ferris State won the opening game 3-1 before tying in the concluding game by virtue of a 2-2 score. That game went to a 14-man shootout situation where the Broncos were victorious 5-4. The two teams met again at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo for the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal round. Each team had matching 3-1 victories in the first two games. In the third game of the weekend, the Bulldogs fell in a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime tilt to be knocked out of the conference tournament, ending the Bulldogs' 2010-11 season.

Top Ten: FSU climbed one spot in each of the three college hockey polls this week. The Bulldogs are listed sixth nationally in both the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after being ranked seventh last week. The sixth-place national ranking in the USCHO poll matches the program's highest of the year as FSU was also ranked that high two weeks ago in addition to the October 24th poll.  The historic 2002-03 Bulldog hockey team, which registered a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark and the program's first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, earned a season-high fourth place national ranking by USCHO late in that memorable season on March 10, 2003. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll has the Bulldogs with 318 votes for the sixth place spot. The sixth-place ranking marks the highest the Bulldogs have been in this poll. Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) has the Bulldogs ranked number seven in the nation this week after being eighth a week ago.

Top Ten Goalies:
Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Claire) is currently at the top of the NCAA Division I Goaltending Leaders list as he has compiled a 4-1-1 record. He has allowed only eight goals with a 1.31 goals against average in six games played. He has tallied two shutouts and made 138 saves for a .945 save percentage. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is ranked seventh among the goaltending leaders with a 6-2-0 record along with two shutouts. He has 15 goals against this season and a 1.88 goals against average.

The Defense: Ferris State is currently second in NCAA Division I Team Defense, averaging 1.65 goals per game. Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) leads the defense with nine points, coming from one goal and eight assists. Senior Brett Wysopal has heated up in the past two weekends and currently totes two goals and five assists going into the weekend.

Ferris State is third in the nation for their penalty kill with a 60-of-65 showing in short handed situations and holds a 92.3 success rate. The Bulldogs are tied for seventh for penalty minutes. They have totaled 92 penalties for 239 minutes and are averaging 17:07 minutes in the box each game.

Two Weekends Ago: The Bulldogs traveled to Alaska two weekends ago for a conference series against the Nanooks. Ferris State suffered its second shutout loss of the season in the opening game of the series with a score of 2-0. In Saturday's contest, sophomore forward Andy Huff (Howell) tallied his first two goals of the season to help the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory. The first goal of the game was unassisted and his game-winning goal saw freshman center Dom Panetta with the helper. Senior defender Aaron Schmit (Grafton, Wis) scored his second goal of the season in the close competition. Junior forward Travis Ouellette had the assist.

Notable Performer: Senior defender Aaron Schmit (Grafton, Wis.) scored his second goal of the season on the power play and blocked a shot in the Bulldogs' 3-2 win at Alaska on Saturday. The CCHA deemed him a notable performer in the November 21 league release.

Wrapping Up November: Sophomore Andy Huff doubled his point output in the 3-2 Alaska victory on Nov. 29 .... Senior forward Jordie Johnston had identical 3-2=5 point productions in both October and November .... Senior defender Aaron Schmit is finding his groove as he tallied all three of his points, 2-1=3, in the month of November.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 110-71-25 record (.581) at home since the 2000-01 campaign.  FSU has reached double-figure home 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.

Co-Captains: Senior defensemen Chad Billins (Marysville) and Tommy Hill (Portage) are serving as the Bulldogs' team co-captains in the 2011-12 campaign. They are the 40th and 41st individuals in the program's history to sport the captain's 'C' on their jersey.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has been chosen as a candidate for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in a recent announcement. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, character, community, and competition. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in early February and those 10 individuals will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.

CCHA Preseason Polls:  Ferris State was picked to finish ninth in the 2011-12 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 50 points. The Bulldogs received 425 points in the media poll to place tied for seventh 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.

TV Exposure:  Ferris State will be making a combined three national and regional appearances on television this season. The Bulldogs made their TV debut on Comcast Television, which showcase FSU at Michigan earlier this year (10/27).  The network will also feature FSU's home matchup against Notre Dame at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids (2/11). FS Detroit (FSD) will feature the Ferris State at Western Michigan game (2/24). Ferris Television will televise multiple home outings in the first semester including: the Miami series (10/21-22), Lake Superior State (11/11-12), Western Michigan on two occasions (12/2, 2/25) and Notre Dame (Dec. 9).  The second semester scheduled is to be announced.

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