Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally 19th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team opens its New Year at home as the Bulldogs return to Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.
Opening faceoff is slated for an early 5:05 p.m. (ET) start and the contest will conclude a tripleheader inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex as the FSU men's and women's basketball teams hosts Walsh in a twinbill starting at 1 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.
The Bulldog hockey team is coming off an impressive 6-2 victory over 2011 National Champion Minnesota-Duluth to wrap up the Florida College Hockey Classic on Saturday (Dec. 29) evening in Estero, Fla. FSU is 8-8-3 overall on the year and owns a 6-6-1 mark in CCHA play heading into the second half of the conference season.
Tickets for Saturday's game against the Spartans are currently on sale now. As a premium contest, all tickets are $17 if purchased in advance or $19 if bought on gameday. They can be purchased directly thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office will reopen following the holiday break on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. (ET).
Normal ticket office hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday's until 7 p.m. (ET). The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will also hold extended hours on Thursday, Jan. 3, until 8:30 p.m. (ET). For more information, please call (231) 591-2888.
In addition, tickets can also be bought in advance 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at StarTickets.com. For more ticket information and a complete pricing structure, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com and click on the "tickets" tab.
Earlier this season (Dec. 15), FSU suffered a 3-1 setback against Michigan State just prior to the holiday break in league play at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. It marked the first of four matchups between the two teams this season. The two teams will also play a home-and-home series on Jan. 18-19.
Ferris State swept Michigan State a year ago in Big Rapids by scores of 2-1 and 4-3 (Jan. 27-28). It marked FSU's first weekend sweep over the Spartans since 1990 and was the first-time ever the Bulldogs had recorded two wins over the Spartans in the same weekend in Big Rapids.
Overall, Michigan State holds a 68-31-15 all-time series advantage heading into Saturday's matchup. The Bulldogs posted a 3-1 mark against the Spartans in 2010-11 and had won five of the last six matchups overall prior to the setback on Dec. 15 in East Lansing.
The Spartans are currently 5-11-3 overall and 4-8-1 in league play to date this season. They dropped a shootout against Western Michigan in the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 29) at Joe Louis Arena before coming back to suffer a 5-2 setback versus Michigan in Saturday's (Dec. 30) third-place game of the GLI.
Saturday's game can be heard live on Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Dominic Hennig and Dan Kowalski calling the action. The audio broadcast is also accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with a live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics.