January 3, 2012

Bulldog Hockey Back At Home This Weekend

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team returns to home ice this weekend (Jan. 6-7) for a non-league series against nationally ninth-ranked Colgate at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked 17th nationally this week, will take on one of college hockey's top scoring offenses when the Raiders visit Big Rapids.  Friday's (Jan. 6) series opener is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (ET) start with Saturday's (Jan. 7) finale scheduled for a special starting time of 4:05 p.m. (ET).  The two games are the first for the Bulldogs at home in 26 days since Dec. 9 and it marks the first home series of the New Year.

Colgate enters the weekend series with a 12-4-2 overall record and the Raiders' lineup includes the nation's top goal scorer in Austin Smith (19 goals).  They are unbeaten in their last seven contests.  Meanwhile, FSU owns a 11-8-1 mark to date this campaign and has been a top 10-ranked team for much of the season.  Ferris State is currently fifth in the country in scoring defense (2.10 pg.) while Colgate is 10th in scoring offense (3.39 pg.).  The Bulldogs own a 6-1-1 mark this year at home heading into the weekend.

A "New Year's Special" will be offered for Friday's game only and feature a discounted ticket price reflecting the date of only $6 for advance ticket purchases.  A limited number of the discounted tickets are available while supplies last.  The offer is not valid on game day. The $6 price represents half of the gameday single reserve price of $12 and is a perfect stocking stuffer for Bulldog fans.

Saturday's special 4:05 p.m. (ET) start will represent "Military Appreciation Night" and the event will be sponsored by Bulldog Athletics, the FSU Blueline Club, and SFC Shawn Fries of the Michigan National Guard in conjunction with Sunny 97.3 FM and the Ferris State ROTC. Current and former military members and dependents of Delta Company will receive free admission along with special activities throughout the day.

The day's events will include a special signing of God Bless America, a unique and memorable introduction of players, audio clips from local veterans along with other tributes to our country and those who serve. A skate with the team will take place after the game with free skate rental to military and their dependents along with concession vouchers for the military members.

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.

Both of this weekend's games will be broadcasted live on the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the play-by-play action and Dan Kowalski offering color commentary.  An online stream is available at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with a live audio/video pay-per-view webcast.  The pregame show gets underway 35 minutes prior to faceoff.

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