Game Day Central
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team is officially the nation's consensus top-ranked team following the distribution of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll announced late Monday (Feb. 13) afternoon.
FSU previously was announced as the nation's #1 team in both the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) polls earlier in the day, giving the Bulldogs a clean sweep atop all three major college hockey polls for the first-time ever at the NCAA Division I level.
The Bulldogs climbed atop the leaderboard in all three polls after sweeping previously ninth-ranked Notre Dame this past weekend (Feb. 10-11) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
Ferris State is only the 19th team to hold the top-ranked spot in the USCHO.com poll since its inception in the 1997-98 season and rose from sixth a week ago. It marks the highest-ranking ever for the Bulldog hockey program in the 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 then program-best fourth place national ranking by USCHO late in that memorable season on March 10, 2003.
After being ranked fifth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week, the Bulldogs jumped to the number one spot with 20 first place votes. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll is conducted on a weekly basis in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world. The first-place ranking is the highest the Bulldogs have been in the poll in the program's history as the previous best of fourth also came in 2002-03.
FSU also rose seven spots in the Inside College Hockey.com poll this week. Inside College Hockey.com's Poll is generated through Inside College Hockey editors and staff. FSU was previously ranked second in the INCH poll in 2002-03.
Along with the first-place national rankings, Ferris State is also currently on top of the PairWise Rankings. The PairWise ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I Tournament. Therefore, if the tournament were to start tomorrow, the Bulldogs would be the top-seeded team among the 16 selected teams that make the field.
The Bulldogs presently lead the CCHA with 47 points in the standings this season and FSU is the first team in the nation to record 20 wins on the year with a 20-8-4 overall mark to date. Ferris State leads second place Western Michigan in the CCHA by five points with four regular-season games remaining and is seeking its second-ever league regular-season championship and NCAA Tournament bid.
FSU currently holds the nation's longest current unbeaten streak at 12 games with a 9-0-3 mark to date since the New Year began. According to the computerized ranking system that changes with each game, KRACH, Ferris State has the 12th-toughest schedule in the nation.
The Bulldogs are back in action at home again this weekend (Feb. 17-18) as they host the Bowling Green Falcons in CCHA action at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The two-game series has a 7:05 p.m. (EDT) start time slated for both contests on Friday and Saturday.
FSU will help celebrate "Hockey Weekend Across America" as the Bulldogs' are offering a special BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) offer for all full-priced ($12) adult tickets. The offer is only available until Wednesday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m. and available while supplies last thru the FSU Ticket Office only. All tickets will be regular price beginning on Thursday morning.
Tickets for all 2011-12 Bulldog home regular-season games can be purchased in advance 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 for hockey 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.
Below is the complete USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine NCAA Division I poll:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
February 13, 2012
|Team||Points||(First Place Votes)||Last Poll||Record|
|1||Ferris State University||476||(20)||5||20-8-4|
|3||University of Minnesota Duluth||443||(3)||3||19-7-4|
|5||University of Michigan||366||(1)||6||18-10-4|
|7||University of Minnesota||310||1||19-11-1|
|10||University of Denver||209||14||17-9-4|
|11||University of Maine||166||12||17-9-3|
|13||University of Notre Dame||80||9||16-13-3|
|15||University of North Dakota||48||15||16-11-2|
|Others receiving votes: Michigan State University 42, Colgate University 12, Ohio State University 12, Miami University 9, Northern Michigan University 9, United States Air Force Academy 4, University of Nebraska Omaha 3, Western Michigan University 3.|