March 22, 2012

Bulldog Hockey - NCAA Tourney Report

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has arrived in Green Bay and the Bulldogs continued preparations for their NCAA Tournament matchup versus Denver on Friday (March 23) night at the Resch Center.

The Bulldogs will square off against the Pioneers in the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Tournament at 5:30 p.m. (ET).  FSU is the number two seed in the four-team event with Denver seeded third.  Top-seeded Michigan faces fourth-seeded Cornell in the second game on Friday at 9 p.m. (ET) with the winners meeting on Saturday (March 24) night at 9 p.m. (ET) with a trip to the 2012 Frozen Four on the line.

Below are some notes from the Bulldogs' NCAA Tourney trip:

Green Bay Arrival - The Bulldogs departed from FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena on Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Green Bay shortly after 8 p.m. (ET) with only a single stop north of the Chicago area.  After unloading equipment at the Resch Center, the Bulldogs checked into their official hotel, the Aloft Hotel, two miles from the rink.

Former Staff Member - Former Ferris State University assistant coach Derek Lalonde stopped by the team hotel on Wednesday night and chatted briefly with the Bulldog staff.  Lalonde was a part of FSU's first NCAA Tournament staff in 2002-03 and eventually became an assistant coach at Denver.  He left the Pioneers this past offseason to become the head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers, who departed for a road trip on Thursday morning.

Team Practices - All four teams hit the ice for one hour each on Thursday afternoon.  The Bulldogs had the second practice session of the four teams and were on the ice for the full hour in preparation for Friday's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Interview Day - Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels and several players spent time conducting interviews on Thursday prior to and after practice.  Bulldog seniors Chad Billins and Jordie Johnston had taped interviews with ESPN as did junior Kyle Bonis.  Additionally, three seniors were featured along with Coach Daniels in the post-practice news conference, including Billins, Johnston and goaltender Taylor Nelson.

Green Bay Connection - Another popular interview request was Bulldog defenseman Scott Czarnowczan, who spent time as a junior player with the Green Bay Gamblers.  He was interviewed by area television stations in addition to the Bulldog Sports Network.  He spent the 2009-10 season with the Gamblers where they won both the Anderson Cup as league regular-season champions and the USHL Playoff champion's Clark Cup.

Friday Schedule - The Bulldogs will be back on the ice for their typical pregame skate at 11 a.m. (ET) on Friday morning before returning to the rink to begin warmups on Friday afternoon.

Tourney Host - The host school for the NCAA Regional is Michigan Tech, which is approximately a three and a half-hour drive away from Green Bay.  The Huskies will be a future Bulldog opponent when FSU joins the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in two seasons.

NCAA Hockey Preview Show - The Bulldog Sports Network will stream the "NCAA Hockey Preview Show" live from Green Bay on Friday morning during the pregame skate.  The show will air online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com and will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ET).  It will be co-hosted by the radio voices of Bulldog Hockey, play-by-play announcer Dominic Hennig and color commentator Dan Kowalski, along with vetern sports announcer Rob Bentley of the FSU Athletics Communications Office.

Live Radio Broadcast - Hennig and Kowalski will also team up to call the live action of the Bulldogs' NCAA Tournament opener later in the day on the Bulldog Sports Network and locally on Sunny 97.3 FM.  Pregame coverage starts on Friday night at 5 p.m. (ET) with opening faceoff beginning at 5:30 p.m. (ET) in Green Bay.  It can also be heard online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com
 
Big Rapids Watch Party - Ferris State Athletics will be hosting a "watch party" for the Bulldogs' NCAA Hockey Regional game in conjunction with the annual FSU Football Lift-a-Thon on Friday night (March 23) at Wink Arena.Admission is free and the doors open at 5 p.m. (ET), a half-hour before the opening faceoff. The ESPN produced game will be streamed onto an eight-foot projection screen for fans in attendance.

Watch The Game Live - Ferris State's hockey game will be televised live throughout the ESPN Syndication networks beginning at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN3.com and will be replayed on ESPNU at 11:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday evening. Altitude Sports and Entertainment will also simulcast the game live on DirecTV, channel 681 and Dish Network, channel 410.  Additional broadcast coverage remains a possiblity.

Team Fan Bus - Ferris State's team fan bus will depart from the FSU Sports Complex on Friday morning at 8 a.m. (ET).  Fans interested in joining the trip should contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.  A step-by-step signup process is available online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Ticket Information: Bulldog fans still wishing to make the trip to Green Bay can purchase tickets in advance thru the Resch Center. To order, please call the Resch Center Box Office at (800) 895-0071.  Single-day tickets are currently on sale for $38 or an all-session pass is available for $68 while supplies last. Bulldog fans ordering from the Resch Center Box Office should make sure to request the Ferris State Section 213 or the closest section to 213 if it's sold out in order to put all Bulldog fans in the same area of the facility. Tickets can also be purchased online via www.ncaa.com/tickets.

Wear White: The Bulldogs will be the home team for Friday's game as the higher seed and FSU fans attending the contest inside the Resch Center are encouraged to wear white for support.

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