Game Day Central
Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally top-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will hit the road to open a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series versus rival Western Michigan on Friday (Feb. 24) night in Kalamazoo.
The Broncos are expecting a near-capacity crowd at Lawson Ice Arena with the puck slated to drop officially at 7:06 p.m. (ET). Friday's contest in Kalamazoo will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Detroit and the broadcast will be carried live nationally on Fox College Sports Atlantic.
Bulldog fans traveling to Kalamazoo are encouraged to arrive early due to potential parking and traffic concerns as Republican Presedential Candidate Mitt Romney is also slated to speak on-campus Friday evening at Western Michigan.
The FSU Athletics Department is inviting fans to come help "send off" the number one ranked Bulldog hockey squad. The team bus will depart from the northwest side of the Ewigleben Sports Complex lot near the Bulldog Hockey Locker Room area. The send off rally will run from 2:45 to approximately 3:15 p.m. (ET) when FSU departs for Lawson Ice Arena. All Bulldog fans and alumni are encouraged to attend and show their support.
The top-ranked Bulldogs have clinched at least a share of the CCHA Regular-Season Championship and need to gain only a single point on second place Michigan this weekend to win the league's outright crown for only the second time in school history.
Following Friday's game, the two teams will head to Big Rapids for Saturday's (Feb. 25) regular-season finale at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. The home finale is sold out and FSU will honor its eight seniors prior to the "Senior Night" contest, which begins at 7:05 p.m. (ET). Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early on Saturday for the special senior ceremony, which takes place in advance of the game.
Bulldog fans traveling to Kalamazoo are encouraged to wear red on Friday night. Saturday's home contest will be a whiteout with all FSU students and fans asked to wear white.
While Saturday's home game is officially sold out, fans can still catch the action. Ferris Television will produce the game with a live audio and video webcast carried by the Bulldog Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Both games are also available this weekend with a live radio broadcast on Sunny 97.3 FM as Dominic Hennig and Dan Kowalski call the action. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and the radio broadcast is also accessible online via the Bulldog Sports Network.