THIS WEEK IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) - 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 17th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will host the unranked Michigan Wolverines this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 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. Live internet statistics along with a pay-per-view video stream will also be available. All links are available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 6-4-2 overall and 5-3-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs visited Bowling Green State Falcons two weeks ago (Nov. 16-17) and recorded their sweep of the season after posting a 4-3 victory over the Falcons in overtime on Friday (Nov. 16) along with a 3-1 triumph on Saturday (Nov. 17). FSU did not play this past weekend over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Bulldogs are currently only a single point behind league leader Miami (Ohio) in the league standings and one of only two teams with five league wins to date this campaign.
Michigan holds an overall record of 5-7-1 along with a 3-5-1 record in the CCHA this season. The Wolverines were swept at home by Notre Dame on Nov. 16-17 by scores of 3-1 and 4-1, respectively. They came back to beat Bowling Green State by a 3-1 count in league play last Wednesday (Nov. 21) before falling to Cornell, 5-1, in a non-conference game on Saturday (Nov. 24) at New York's Madison Square Garden. It was a rematch of last season's NCAA regional semifinal.
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, 340-366-81 (.483) – (12-41-3 vs. Michigan – 4-26-0 away, 8-13-2 home and 0-2-1 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.
Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 29th season, 757-358-78 (.668) - (63-23-3 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM's all-time winningest coach and currently ranks sixth on college hockey's coaching wins list. Berenson is one of five head coaches in college hockey history to compile 700 wins. He's a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year. Berenson directed Michigan to their eighth and ninth NCCAA National Championship in 1996 and 1998. Under Berenson the Wolverines have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 22 seasons, the longest in school history, and appeared in the Frozen Four 11 times. Berenson played in the National Hockey League for 17 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues.
All-Time Series Notes: Ferris State and Michigan will square off for the 100th and 101st time in a series in which the Wolverines own a 67-28-4 edge. FSU is 10-41-0 on the road, 18-24-3 at home, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites versus Michigan. Last season, the Bulldogs fell to Michigan twice by scores of of 5-2 (Oct. 27) and 4-0 (Oct. 28) in Ann Arbor. Thirteen of the last 26 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State sports a 6-5-2 mark in those encounters.
Looking Back To Last Year: FSU's TJ Schlueter and Scott Czarnowczan were both credited with an assist each in last season's (10/27) first meeting against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor at Yost Ice Arena .... The two teams played only twice a year ago with Michigan winning both games at home.
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.
Bowling Green State Review: Ferris State completed its irst sweep of the season at Bowling Green State two weeks ago (Nov. 16-17). Following a scoreless first period in the opener, junior center Cory Kane notched the Bulldogs' first goal of the evening in unassisted fashion on the power play, registering his fourth marker of the season. Then, two minutes later, freshman center Kenny Babinski put the Bulldogs up 2-0 going into the second period when he scored his second collegiate goal. Senior wing Kyle Bonis scored his fifth tally of the season on the power play, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage in the second frame. However, the Falcons were able to send the contest into overtime when they scored three goals over a five-minute stretch in the final period. But, just 14 seconds into overtime, Bulldog junior wing Garrett Thompson scored the game winner to give FSU a 4-3 victory. Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte was in net for the entire 60 minutes and made 33 saves. The Falcons held a 36-27 edge in shots for the night.
Saturday (Nov. 17) night's game completed the Bulldogs' first sweep of the season as they posted a 3-1 victory over the Falcons. Junior wing Andy Huff scored the first goal of the night in the opening period, which marked his fourth of the season. FSU's Kyle Bonis then registered his sixth goal of the season when he put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0 late in the second period. The Falcons gained the opportunity to notch their first and only goal of the night early in the third period. However, senior center Travis Ouellette sealed the win for the Bulldogs when he scored FSU's third goal of the evening on the Falcons' empty net with only 30 seconds remaining in the contest. CJ Motte made a total of 29 saves. BGSU led the shots by a count of 30-15 for the game.
Weekend Notebook: Senior wing Kyle Bonis tallied two goals and two assists for four points in the Bulldogs' league road sweep at Bowling Green State. Both goals came on the power play and he had the game-winner in FSU's 3-1 victory to complete the sweep on Saturday night. He also tallied the first assist on the Bulldogs' final goal both nights, including one on Friday night as FSU scored 14 seconds into overtime to take a 4-3 win … Junior wing Garrett Thompson and senior center Travis Ouellette both totaled two points on the weekend, with one point each coming from a goal and the other on an assist.
National Attention: Ferris State is ranked 17th 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: This weekend's visit marks Michigan's final trip to the Ewigleben Ice Arena as a CCHA member. The Wolverines will depart for Big Ten Conference hockey next season while FSU will become a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) ..... The two teams will meet again to wrap up the regular-season on March 1-2 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor ...... This weekend's series against the Wolverines represents the Bulldogs' only home contests during the entire month of December and the lone two games in Big Rapids over a two-month span from Nov. 3-Jan. 5 ...... Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to throw on the ice to give to children in need as part of the school's annual Teddy Bear Toss event on Saturday night.
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. Meanwhile, senior Kyle Bonis claimed the same distinction two weeks ago after the Bulldogs' sweep against Bowling Green State (Nov. 16-17).
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 and now owns a school-record 340 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 visit Western Michigan next weekend (Dec. 7-8) and play at Michigan State the following week (Dec. 15).
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.