November 15, 2012

Bulldog Hockey Visits Bowling Green State This Weekend

THIS WEEK IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:

at Bowling Green State
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 16-17) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
BGSU Ice Arena
Bowling Green, Ohio

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The Opening Faceoff: The nationally 20th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will compete against the Bowling Green State Falcons this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. 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. BGSU will provide live internet statistics along with a pay-per-view video stream.  All links are available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.  Saturday's game will be televised by the Buckeye Cable Sports Network.

The Records: Ferris State is currently 4-4-2 overall and 3-3-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs visited the Lake Superior State Lakers for the final time in CCHA regular-season play this past weekend (Nov. 9-10) in which FSU fell to the Lakers by a score of 4-1 on Friday night before posting a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

BGSU holds an overall record of 2-6-3 along with a 1-3-2 record in the CCHA this season. The only conference win for the Falcons this campaign comes off of a 1-0 win against the Michigan State Spartans on Nov. 2.  Last weekend, the Falcons split a league road series with Western Michigan as they dropped Friday (Nov. 9) night's game by a score of 3-1 before tying the Broncos by a score of 2-2 after overtime and a shootout on Saturday (Nov. 10) night.

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, 338-366-81 (.482) – (33-21-6 vs. BGSU – 15-12-3 away, 18-9-3 home and 0-0-0 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.

Bowling Green State - Chris Bergeron (Miami, 1993), 3rd season, 24-52-9 (.285) - (2-5-0 vs. Ferris State). After being named the Falcons' seventh head coach in program history on April 12, 2010, Bergeron doubled the team's 2009-10 win total in just one season. Bergeron spent seven years playing professionally after he graduated from Miami (Ohio) before joining the RedHawks coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2007. He helped collect a cumulative record of 226-139-37 overall while at Miami. Last season, Bergeron led the Falcons to two CCHA Tournament victories, advancing them to their first semifinal appearance at Joe Louis Arena in 11 years.

All-Time Series Notes: Ferris State and Bowling Green State will face off for the 128th and 129th time this weekend as they have been playing against each other since 1978. The Falcons hold a 54-52-20 advantage with a 32-24-5 home edge. However, the Bulldogs are 10-3 in the past 13 outings and won five of seven matchups with the Falcons a season ago.  BGSU's two wins a year ago came in the best-of-three CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals as they upset the Bulldogs en route to moving on to Joe Louis Arena for the semfinals.  Both of BGSU's wins came in overtime by scores of 3-2 (March 9) and 4-3 (March 11) in the deciding game after FSU had posted a 7-4 victory the second night (March 10). Despite the setback in the CCHA Tournament a year ago, the Bulldogs responded by winning the NCAA Midwest Regional and advancing to the Frozen Four only a couple weeks later.  The Bulldogs have prevailed in 15 of the last 17 meetings to date, which includes a 7-2 road mark.

Looking Back To Last Year: Senior captain Kyle Bonis had three goals and two assists in last season's series with Bowling Green State. Overall, the Bulldogs return eight of the 14 players who scored goals against BGSU a year ago . . . A February victory against the Falcons helped the Bulldogs officially clinch a share of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season title in 2011-12 . . . The Bulldogs were 9-1-0 in the previous 10 outings against BGSU prior to dropping a best-of-three CCHA Playoff series last year.  The lone loss in the previous 10-game stretch had been a 3-1 loss on Feb. 14, 2009 . . . Ferris State swept four regular-season meetings versus BGSU last season before dropping the playoff series.  The Bulldogs topped the Falcons on the road by scores of 4-0 and 5-3 in November (4-5) before beating Bowling Green State twice in Big Rapids with scores of 5-1 and 4-1 (Feb. 17-18).

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.

Lake Superior State Review: Ferris State fell to Lake Superior State by a score of 4-1 last Friday (Nov. 9) at the Taffey Abel Ice Arena in Sault Ste. Marie. After a scoreless first period, junior wing Justin DeMartino scored FSU's lone goal of the evening as he registered his second goal of the season. The Lakers came back strong and scored three goals in the final minute of the second frame to take a 3-1 lead.  LSSU sealed the victory as they scored the fourth and final goal of the night on the Bulldogs' empty net. Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte was in net for the entire 60 minutes and made 23 saves in the setback. The Bulldogs led the shots by a 32-27 edge.

Saturday (Nov. 10) night's game marked the Bulldogs' first Saturday night win of the season as they posted a 2-1 victory over the Lakers. Junior center Cory Kane tallied his third goal of the season on the power-play early in the opening period. The Bulldogs then took a 2-0 lead over the Lakers when junior wing Justin DeMartino notched his second goal of the weekend late in the first period. The Lakers were able to score their lone goal of the night midway through the second period. Neither the Bulldogs nor the Lakers were able to score in the duration of the third period. Motte tallied 43 saves on the night for the Bulldogs. Lake Superior led the shots by a count of 44-28.

Weekend Notebook: Junior wing Justin DeMartino had a hand in each goal that was scored for the Bulldogs last weekend. He notched the only goal in Friday night's game and scored one goal in Saturday night's contest and assisted on the other, totaling three points in two days ..... The Lakers scored only once in nine weekend power-play chances . . . Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte posted a 2.00 goals against average and .943 save percentage for the weekend.  He allowed just a single goal in Saturday's 2-1 Bulldog victory and finished with 66 saves on the weekend, including 43 on Saturday night.

National Attention: Ferris State is ranked 20h 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.

Quick Notes:  Last weekend's action against Lake Superior State marked 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) . . . Bowling Green State will also join the WCHA next season.  FSU hosts the Falcons again this season on Feb. 15-16 in Big Rapids.

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.

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 are following 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: FSU's Nov. 2-3 weekend 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 is midst a stretch of seven of nine league contests on the road.  The Bulldogs will have next weekend off over the Thanksgiving holiday and will entertain 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.

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