Game Notes: #9 Ferris State at #7 Notre Dame

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vs. Notre Dame
Friday (Dec. 9) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.

Saturday (Dec. 10) – 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind.

Live Game Statistics:
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Radio Broadcast:  Both games will be carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network and broadcast on Sunny 97.3 FM.  Visit this link to access the audio:
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Video Webcast:  Friday's home game will be televised by Ferris Television and accessible via an online pay-per-view audio & video webcast.  Visit this link to access the video:
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The Opening Faceoff:
 The nationally ninth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will look to get back in the win column this weekend as they face off against the seventh-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series. The action gets underway this Friday (Dec. 9) in Big Rapids, Mich., before concluding on Saturday (Dec. 10) in South Bend, Ind. The two-game league set between the schools marks the first of two meetings 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.

Teddy Bear Toss: The FSU Athletic Department will be hosting its annual Toys for Tots' Teddy Bear Toss this Friday (Dec. 9) evening during the Bulldog men's ice hockey contest against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game. The Teddy Bear Toss will take place after the first Ferris State goal scored in the game and/or notification by the public address announcer. The bears collected will go directly to benefit needy children in the Big Rapids local areas for the holiday season.

The Records: Ferris State is presently 10-5-1 overall and 6-5-1-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. FSU is currently listed in fifth place with 19 points among the CCHA schools. Ohio State has claimed the top-spot this week with 29 points. The Bulldogs are coming off a rough weekend where they were swept in 4-2 and 3-0 decisions by Western Michigan as the Broncos now sit at third place with 22 points.

Notre Dame currently holds a 10-5-3 overall record and has a 7-2-3 record in conference play. The Fighting Irish, who are the seventh-ranked team nationally, are coming off a weekend where they dropped two games to an unranked Northeastern squad. In the opening contest, Notre Dame suffered a 9-2 setback. On Saturday, Northeastern had a narrower 2-1 victory. The Fighting Irish are currently on a three-game losing streak.

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 20th season, 318-355-75 (.476) – (28-22-5 vs. Notre Dame – 7-10-1 away, 19-12-4 home and 2-0-0 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 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.

Notre Dame - Jeff Jackson (Michigan State University, 1978), 7th season, 151-84-30 (.789) – (27-7-4 vs. Ferris State). Jeff Jackson is the fourth head coach in Notre Dame's 44-year hockey program history. Jackson has guided ND to two CCHA regular-season and conference tournament titles (2007 and 2009). With Jackson behind the bench, the Fighting Irish have made four NCAA tournament appearances and advanced to the Frozen Four in both 2008 and 2011.  Jackson has previously coached at the Division I level with the Lake Superior State Lakers and has also coached in both the OHL and NHL. While with LSSU, Jackson won two NCAA titles (1992 and 1994), two regular-season CCHA championships, and four CCHA playoff trophies.

Scouting the Irish: ND has returned 17 letterwinners this season, including nine forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders. Two key returners are sophomore forwards T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee. Tynan was the nation's leading freshman scorer and the HCA and CCHA Rookie of the Year. Lee led the Irish in goals and was named to the CCHA all-rookie team and claimed second team all-CCHA plaudits. The duo, along with linemate Riley Sheahan, are among the top five in CCHA overall scorers this season. Tynan leads the pack with six goals and a nation-leading 19 assists, Lee is third among conference scoring with seven goals and 13 assists while Sheahan sits at fifth with five goals and 12 helpers.

The All-Time Series: Ferris State holds ta 39-24-6 all-time series record against Notre Dame. This includes a 13-12-2 advantage at home and a 24-12-4 road record. Since the 2006-07 season, the Bulldogs have compiled a 6-8-1 record against ND. Last season, the Bulldogs were swept at home in 3-2 and 5-2 losses. However, the Bulldogs swept Notre Dame in South Bend the previous season with 5-2 and 4-2 victories.

National Rankings: After being swept by the 12th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos, FSU dropped spots in each in each of the three college hockey polls this week. The Bulldogs are listed ninth nationally in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) with 525 votes, which is down three spots. Ferris State dropped to the 10th spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, after being ranked sixth last week.  The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll has the Bulldogs with 198 votes. Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) has ranked the Bulldogs as the 11th team in the nation this week after being seventh a week ago.

Top Fifteen Goalies: Freshman goaltender CJ Motte (St. Claire) is currently ranked second among NCAA Division I Goaltending Leaders and has compiled a 4-2-1 record. He has allowed only 11 goals, with a 1.55 goals against average, in seven games played. Motte has tallied two shutouts and has made 177 saves for a .941 save percentage. Over the weekend, Motte made 39 saves, a career high, against Western Michigan. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is ranked 11th in goaltending leaders and owns a 6-3-0 record with two shutouts. He has 18 goals against and a 2.00 goals against average along with a .929 save percentage

The Defense: Ferris State is currently third in NCAA Division I Team Defense, averaging 1.88 goals per game. Senior defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) leads the defense with 10 points coming from one goal and nine 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 tied for fifth in the nation for their penalty kill, which is 65-73 in short handed situations and holds a 89.0 success rate. The Bulldogs are fifth in penalty minutes. They have taken 106 penalties for a total of 278 minutes, averaging 17:38 minutes in the box each game.

Last Weekend: The Bulldogs' had a home-and-home conference series against the Western Michigan Broncos. Ferris State suffered only their second sweep of the season. In the opening game of the series, the Bulldogs fell 4-2 at home to the Broncos, which marks the first home loss this season for the FSU squad. Senior forward Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) had two assists in the contest. Junior forward Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) tallied the first goal of the game and junior right wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) scored a short-handed lamplighter. The 3-0 loss in Kalamazoo on Saturday marks just the third time this season the Bulldogs were unable to get a goal and both previous times were also road contests (10/28 at Michigan, 11/18 at Alaska).

Notable Performer: Sophomore defender Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb, Mich.) had an assist in the Bulldogs' 4-2 loss against Western Michigan on Friday night and blocked five shots on the weekend.

No Place Like Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 110-72-25 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 the lone home game this week against Notre Dame (Dec. 9).  The second semester scheduled is to be announced.

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.

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