#19 Ferris State Hosts #4 Miami (Ohio) In CCHA Play This Weekend
THIS WEEK IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 2-3) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Ice Arena
Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live PPV Video Webcast
Live Facebook Scoring Updates
Live Twitter Scoring Updates
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 19th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will host the fourth-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. Opening faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) both nights.
Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig calling the play-by-play action and Dan Kowalski offering color commentary. The broadcast is also accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. FSU will provide live internet statistics along with a pay-per-view video stream by Ferris Television. All links are available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 2-2-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs opened CCHA play against the Alaska Nanooks last weekend (Oct. 26-27) in which FSU dominated the opener with a victory of 6-3 on Friday night before falling to the Nanooks on Saturday by a score of 3-2.
Miami currently holds an overall record of 4-1-1 along with a 1-1-0 record in the CCHA this season. Last weekend, the Redhawks split a league series with Michigan, dropping Friday (Oct. 26) night's game by a score of 4-2 and then coming back to post a 4-3 win on Saturday (Oct. 27).
Final League Meeting: This weekend's action marks the final time the Bulldogs and Redhawks will meet as CCHA conference foes in regular-season play. Next season, Ferris State is set to become a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) while Miami will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
Autographs On Saturday: Bulldog players Justin DeMartino, Matt Robertson and Andy Huff will be available to sign autographs in the concourse following Saturday's tilt. Three players will sign autographs after each Saturday home contest this campaign.
Historic Season: Ferris State won its second CCHA regular-season championship and finished as the national runner-up a year ago. The Bulldogs claimed the NCAA Midwest Regional title with two victories in Green Bay, Wis., and then topped Union (N.Y.) in the program's first-ever Frozen Four national semifinal game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. FSU suffered a 4-1 loss to Boston College in the national championship game on April 7 in Tampa to finish the most historic campaign in school history with a 26-12-1 overall record.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 21st season, 336-364-81 (.482) – (19-29-10 vs. Miami (Ohio) – 12-13-4 Home, 7-14-6 Away, and 0-2-0 Neutral). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the Spencer Penrose Award winner as the American Collegiate Hockey Association's (ACHA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2012 in addition to claiming CCHA Coach of the Year honors both times. He was among three finalists for both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Awards. Daniels led the Bulldogs to their first-ever appearance at the Frozen Four and second-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title last season.
Miami - Enrico Blasi (Miami (Ohio), 1994), 14th season, 286-184-48 (.598) (16-11-6 vs. Ferris State). He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 286-184-48 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school's first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history. Last season, Blasi led the team to a 24-15-2 overall record.
Welcome Back Tommy: Bulldog hockey alum Tommy Hill is midst his first season as Miami's volunteer assistant coach this campaign. While attending Ferris State, Hill was co-captain of the team his senior year in 2011-12, helping lead the Bulldogs to their first-ever Frozen Four appearance. Also during his senior year he was honored with the Elite 89 award which recognizes the student-athlete who holds the highest cumulative grade-point average while participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. In his junior year, Hill received the FSU Blue Line Competitive Award, voted for by his teammates as the top competitor on the team on a daily basis.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Miami (Ohio) will be facing off for the 103rd and 104th time this weekend in a series which the RedHawks lead 44-42-16. The Bulldogs hold a record of 22-20-9 when playing against Miami at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. However, the Redhawks hold the advantage playing in Oxford, Ohio, with a 21-20-7 record.
CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was chosen to finish in the top half of the CCHA again this year in the league's annual preseason polls. The Bulldogs, who advanced to the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four, were tabbed to finish fourth by the media and fifth by the coaches from around the conference in 2012-13. Ferris State received three first-place votes from the media and 626 total points. The coaches gave FSU 67 points in the voting format. FSU hopes to build off last season's success this coming year, returning 18 letterwinners, including three of their top five scorers.
Alaska Review: Ferris State posted a 6-3 victory over Alaska in the 2012-13 CCHA opener last Friday (Oct. 26) in front of 1,589 fans at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Freshman defenseman Connor Schmidt scored the first goal of the evening, recording his first collegiate goal unassisted. Senior wing Kyle Bonis notched two goals during the contest, one during the first period and one during the second. Two more goals were scored during the second period with one coming from sophomore defenseman Simon Denis and the other from senior wing Eric Alexander. The lone goal of the third period was tallied by junior center Cory Kane. Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte was in net for the entire 60 minutes and made 40 saves. The Nanooks led the shots by a 43-32 edge.
Saturday (Oct. 27) night's game ended with a loss to the Nanooks by a 3-2 score. Junior center Cory Kane tallied the lone goal of the first period. After the Nanooks took a 2-1 lead, junior wing Garrett Thompson tied the game at 2-2 in the third period. Then, with only 50 seconds remaining in the contest, the Nanooks notched the third and final goal of the evening. Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte tallied 36 saves on the night while playing the entire 60 minutes. Alaska led the shots by a count of 39-25.
Weekend Notebook: The 82 shots on goal given up the Bulldogs last week against Alaska were the most FSU's allowed since Feb. 6-7, 2004 when Ohio State had 87 shots (42 & 45) in a two-game weekend series in Big Rapids .... The 76 saves on the weekend by FSU's CJ Motte were the most in a two-game weekend series' by a Bulldog goaltender since Pat Mazzoli established the school mark with 99 against Bowling Green State on Jan. 17-18, 1992. He totaled 45 and 54 on that particular weekend ...... Motte's 40 saves last Friday marked the first time a FSU goaltender had 40 or more saves since Mitch O'Keefe had 44 against Ohio State (3/4/06) ....... Senior Kyle Bonis was listed among the special nominees for the CCHA Player of the Month Award for October that was announced this week.
National Attention: Ferris State is ranked 19th in this week's USCHO.com Division I National Poll. FSU is also listed among others receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division 1 poll.
Team Captain: Senior left wing Kyle Bonis is serving as the Bulldogs' team captain in the 2012-13 campaign. He is the 42nd individual in the program's history to sport the captain's 'C' on his jersey. Senior center Travis Ouellette and junior defenseman Scott Czarnowczan will serve as the Bulldogs' assistant captains.
CCHA Player Of Week: Ferris State junior forward Andy Huff picked up the CCHA Postgame® Offensive Player of the Week honor from the CCHA following FSU's series versus Mercyhurst (Oct. 19-20). Huff had two goals in the Bulldogs' home-opening win over Mercyhurst on Friday (Oct. 19) night at the Ewigleben Ice Arena and added both a goal and an assist in FSU's 3-3 overtime tie against the Lakers on Saturday (Oct. 20) night. On the weekend, Huff finished with a +2 rating and totaled a team-high nine shots on goal as FSU recorded a 1-0-1 mark inside its home facility. Two of his goals came on the power play while he also had Ferris State's opening goal in Friday night's victory.
Quick Notes: Senior wing Kyle Bonis tallied three points last weekend as he registered two goals on Friday and an assist on Saturday. Sophomore defensemen Jason Binkley and Travis White recorded two points each after assisting two goals. Seven Bulldog players recorded at least one point last weekend, with three recording multiple points.
TV Exposure: Ferris State will have increased regular-season television exposure this season. The Bulldogs will be featured at least six times this season, including contests on three different networks. The preseason nationally-ranked Bulldogs' televised contests include games on Fox Sports Detroit, Comcast and CBS College Sports Network. The slate is highlighted by a Feb. 16 home game versus Bowling Green State at the Ewigleben Ice Arena, which will be part of Fox Sports Detroit's "Hockey Day In Michigan" coverage.
Televised Contests: FSU's other major televised contests include games on Dec. 15 at Michigan State (Comcast), Jan. 18 at MSU (FSD), Jan. 25 at Notre Dame (CBS) along with March 1 at Michigan (CBS) and March 2 at Michigan (FSD). A majority of FSU home contests will also be televised locally by Ferris Television and carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network at FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with tape-delay coverage locally via Charter Cable. Additional television coverage from regional stations is also expected both at home and on the road.
Fixture Behind The Bench: Head coach Bob Daniels, who was named the National Coach of the Year for the second time in 2011-12, embarks on his 21st year behind the Bulldogs' bench in 2012-13 with a school-record 336 career victories.
Tremendous Run: The Bulldogs claimed the school's second CCHA regular-season championship in the last 10 years in 2011-12, won the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional title and reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four.
First Trip To Frozen Four: Ferris State's best season in school history came to a close in the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., with a 26-12-5 overall record. It included a first-ever trip to the Frozen Four and a national runner-up finish. The title game appearance marked the first time in school history any Bulldog team had ever competed in a national championship game.
Successful Stretch: FSU won or tied 19 of its final 23 games of the season and had a nation leading 15-game unbeaten streak in 2011-12 along with a number one national ranking in both polls for two weeks in February. FSU's 26 wins were the second-most in school history.
Not Any Easier: The Bulldogs will follow up the school's most memorable campaign in history with a 34-game schedule in 2012-13 that includes four games apiece versus league in-state rivals Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan; at least 15 games against teams that were included in last year's 16-team NCAA Tournament field; and 20 contests involving teams that were featured in last season's final Top 20 national rankings.
Special Holiday Trip: Ferris State's holiday trip to the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero will feature a rematch of last year's NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Championship game as the Bulldogs take on Cornell in the opener on Dec. 28. Returning NCAA Tournament qualifiers Maine and Minnesota-Duluth are the other two teams in the tournament with the respective losers and winners meeting on Dec. 29.
Nice Anniversary Season: FSU's 35th season of Division I hockey began on Oct. 12-13 as the Bulldogs ventured to New York to square off for the second consecutive year against Rensselaer, which is guided by Bulldog alum and former assistant coach Seth Appert. He directed RPI to its first-ever win over the Bulldogs in the season opener.
Close Of Homestand: This weekend is the last of three consecutive home weekends of action for the Bulldogs. FSU celebrated its historic national runner-up finish from a year ago by hoisting new banners inside the facility versus Mercyhurst two weeks ago (Oct. 19-20) before hosting Alaska to open league play last week. After this weekend, the Bulldogs will be on the road for two-straight weeks at Lake Superior State (Nov. 9-10) along with Bowling Green State (Nov. 16-17) and won't play at home again until entertaining Michigan on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Preseason All-CCHA: A pair of Ferris State University men's ice hockey players earned 2012-13 All-CCHA Preseason Honorable Mention accolades. Bulldog senior forward Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, Ontario) along with junior defenseman Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) were among the student-athletes receiving preseason recognition as the ninth annual preseason all-conference teams were announced by the league office.
Bonis, who was named to the 2012 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team as the Bulldogs reached the national championship game, placed third among FSU's scoring leaders a season ago with 30 points. He had a squad second-best 19 goals and added 11 assists in playing all 43 contests. Bonis' totals included three game-winning goals and four power-play markers. Meanwhile, Czarnowczan registered two goals and 19 assists for 21 points on the blueline. He also appeared in 43 games and finished with a team second-best 77 blocks. He was the recipient of the team's Plus/Minus Award for finishing with a squad-leading +17 figure for the season.
Back In The Mix: A total of 18 letterwinners return for the Bulldogs in 2012-13 off of last year's national finalist team. While the Bulldogs lost eight players, including two All-Americans in goaltender Taylor Nelson and defenseman Chad Billins, FSU did ink a talented incoming recruiting class featuring eight newcomers.
Worth Noting: Ferris State was highly-successful at home last season as the Bulldogs won their initial five contests inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena and posted a 6-1-1 mark prior to the holiday break. FSU finished with a 15-4-2 home record in 2011-12.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, video, news and more.
2012-13 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2012-13 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 Wednesdays 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.
Purchase In Advance: This season, fans can help the Bulldogs "Celebrate The Legacy" and catch the final year of CCHA action by purchasing tickets in advance for any home contest during the 2012-13 campaign. Fans will be able to save on single-game tickets by purchasing in advance rather than waiting until gameday. The Bulldogs sold out four of their final five home contests inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena last year. FSU will become a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) after the 2012-13 season.
Broadcast Coverage: A live video and audio pay-per-view webcast will be available for all 2012-13 FSU men's ice hockey home games through Stretch Internet for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at 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.