#18 Bulldogs Travel North To Face Lake Superior State This Weekend
THIS WEEK IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 9-10) - 7:35/7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Taffy Abel 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 18th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will compete against the Lake Superior State University Lakers this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action at the Taffy Abel Ice Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Opening faceoff is set for 7:35 p.m. (ET) on Friday followed by 7:05 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. It begins a four-game road stretch for FSU, which visits Bowling Green State next week (Nov. 16-17).
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. LSSU will provide live internet statistics along with a pay-per-view video stream. All links are available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 3-3-2 overall and 2-2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs hosted the nationally fourth-ranked Miami (Ohio) RedHawks for the last time in CCHA regular-season play this past weekend (Nov. 2-3) in which FSU posted a 3-0 victory on Friday night before falling to the RedHawks on Saturday by a score of 4-2.
LSSU holds an overall record of 4-4-0 along with a 2-2-0 record in the CCHA this season. Last weekend, the Lakers split a league road series with Alaska as they dropped Friday (Nov. 2) night's game by a score of 2-1 before coming back to post a 4-2 win on Saturday (Nov. 3).
Final CCHA Meeting: This weekend's action marks the final time the Bulldogs and Lakers will meet as CCHA conference foes in regular-season play, but they will continue to face each other as league rivals in the future. Next season, both Ferris State and Lake Superior State are set to become members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
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, 337-365-81 (.482) – (18-29-10 vs. LSSU – 8-16-5 away, 10-12-5 home and 0-1-0 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.
Lake Superior State - Jim Roque (Lake Superior State, 1987), 8th season, 103-125-44 (.467) - (8-5-6 vs. Ferris State). Jim Roque became the ninth coach in the 42-year history of Lake Superior State hockey in June of 2005. He is the second former Laker player to take the helm of the LSSU program. Roque was a member of the LSSU coaching staff when it won the 1988 NCAA crown and he recruited the majority of the 1992 title team. He has played a role in all five NCAA Tournament appearances and was part of two CCHA playoff titles and two regular-season titles.
All-Time Series Notes: Ferris State and Lake Superior State will face off for the 122nd and 123rd time this weekend as they have been playing against each other since 1980. The Lakers hold a 65-42-14 advantage. In the last 32 outings, the Bulldogs are 14-11-7. The Bulldogs captured four of a possible six points last season against LSSU with a 5-1 home win followed by an overtime tie (Nov. 11-12). In FSU's last trip to Saulte Ste. Marie, the Bulldogs were shutout twice, which marked the only two games of the entire 2010-11 campaign in which the Bulldogs were unable to get on the scoreboard. Last season's 5-1 series-opening win over the Lakers catapulted the Bulldogs into first-place in the league standings at the time.
Looking Back To Last Year: Senior captain Kyle Bonis had two goals in last season's series' with Lake Superior State. Overall, the Bulldogs return five of the six players who scored goals against LSSU a year ago ..... Goaltender CJ Motte played the second night against Lake Superior State last season and allowed only a single goal in the overtime tie before FSU dropped the shootout. He had 16 saves in the deadlock for the Bulldogs.
Good Welcome Back: This past weekend, the Bulldogs welcomed back hockey alum Tommy Hill, who's midst his first season as Miami's volunteer assistant coach. 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.
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.
Miami Review: Ferris State posted a 3-0 victory over Miami last Friday (Nov. 2) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Freshman defenseman Brandon Anselmini scored the first goal of the evening as he registered his second goal of the season. After a scoreless second period, the Bulldogs were able to score two goals in the final period to seal the win. Sophomore wing Justin Buzzeo tallied his first goal of the season while freshman defenseman Connor Schmidt scored his second goal of the year just four minutes later. Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte was in net for the entire 60 minutes and made 25 saves in the shutout victory. The Bulldogs led the shots by a 31-25 edge.
Saturday (Oct. 27) night's game ended with a loss to the Redhawks by a 4-2 score. Sophomore wing Justin Buzzeo tallied his second goal of the weekend, which was the lone Bulldog goal of the first period. After the Redhawks took a 3-1 lead, senior center Travis Ouellette scored his second goal of the season to pull FSU within a goal. Then, with only 29 seconds remaining in the contest, the RedHawks notched their fourth and final goal of the evening on an empty net. Motte tallied 36 saves on the night for the Bulldogs. Miami led the shots by a count of 40-26.
Weekend Notebook: Sophomore wing Justin Buzzeo tallied his first two goals of the season against #4 Miami with a goal on both Friday and Saturday. He had an impressive individual goal on Friday night in FSU's shutout and scored the Bulldogs' first goal in Saturday's loss. His Friday night goal earned CCHA Play of the Week honors on CCHA Now! .... Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte had a 1.52 goals against average on the weekend and calculated a .953 save percentage with 61 total saves .... FSU allowed only a single goal in 10 power-play opportunities by the RedHawks over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs scored three times in 12 chances with the man-advantage..
National Attention: Ferris State is ranked 18th 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 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) earlier this year.
Quick Notes: Sophomore wing Justin Buzzeo tallied two points last weekend against Miami while freshman defenseman Brandon Anselmini registered one goal and one assist. Sophomore defenseman Justin Binkley and sophomore wing Nate Milam both earned two assists on the weekend. Nine Bulldog players recorded at least one point last weekend, with four 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 337 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: Last weekend's series with Miami completed a six-game homestand for the Bulldogs. FSU celebrated its historic national runner-up finish from a year ago by hoisting new banners inside the facility versus Mercyhurst (Oct. 19-20) before hosting Alaska to open league play (Oct. 26-27). Ferris State will play seven of its next nine league contests on the road beginning this weekend 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.