Game Two Preview: FSU Looks To Close Out Ohio State For First-Ever Playoff Road Sweep

Ferris State vs. Ohio State - Game Two
Saturday @ 7:05 p.m. - Columbus, Ohio

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Game Two Saturday Night: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team opened its quest to reach Joe Louis Arena for the last-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championship with a 4-2 triumph over the Ohio State Buckeyes in game one of a second round playoff series on Friday (March 15)  night at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio.  Game two is set for Saturday (March 16)  night at 7:05 p.m. (ET) with the deciding game three on Sunday (March 17) night at the same time if needed under the best-of-three format.

Media Coverage: Saturday's game 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 with the online broadcast accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Ohio State also offers a live free video webcast. All links, including live video along with live internet statistics,are available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.

The Records: Ferris State is currently 16-14-5 overall following Friday's win and posted a fifth-place 13-12-3-1 in the CCHA this season.  Ohio State currently holds an overall record of 14-16-7 along after last night's loss and was 13-10-5-1 mark in the CCHA during regular-season competition, which was good for fourth place.  

Ferris State Wins Friday Opener: Senior forward Kyle Bonis and junior forward Justin DeMartino each scored twice to lead Ferris State to a 4-2 win at Ohio State in the opening game of their best-of-three CCHA Tournament quarterfinal series on Friday night. The Buckeyes goals came from sophomore forwards Max McCormick and Tanner Fritz. Bulldogs sophomore goaltender CJ Motte stopped 28 shots in the win, while Buckeyes senior goaltender Brady Hjelle made 18 saves. 

Friday Night Notebook: Friday night's Bulldog victory represented the 350th career win for Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels, who ranks as the school's all-time winningest coach ..... Junior wing Justin DeMartino's two-goal effort last night for the Bulldogs marked his first contest in a Bulldog uniform with multiple goals .... Sophomore goaltender CJ  Motte earned his 20th career victory at Ferris State with last night's win ...... Senior wing Kyle Bonis' two markers in Friday's Bulldog win was the fifth time this season in which he's produced two goals in a single contest ...... Senior center Travis Ouellette notched his 80th career point with an assist in Friday's triumph ...... After Friday's game, both Bonis and junior wing Garrett Thompson are now tied again for the team scoring lead with 26 points each on the year.

Did You Know?: Ferris State has never won a CCHA  Tournament playoff series on the road in a best-of-three format.  FSU's lone playoff series' win away from home came in its first appearance in 1979-80 at Michigan State in what was then a two-game format (winner determined by total goals).

Important Notes: Friday night's victory marked the 11th time in which the Bulldogs have won a playoff-series opening game .... The win represented the sixth time in which the Bulldogs have won the opening contest of a playoff road series.  FSU has dropped all five previous series' in three games ........ The Bulldogs have never won a playoff series on the road in a best-of-three format ... In recent history, the Bulldogs managed to win game one of a series on the road in 2010-11 (Western  Michigan), 2007-08 (Notre Dame) and 2006-07 (Lake Superior State), but lost all three times in game three.

All-Time Series Notes: Ohio State holds a 59-48-15 all-time series advantage following Friday's game ..... The Bulldogs are 31-24-4 when having home ice and now 16-32-11 in Columbus against the Buckeyes. FSU is 0-1-0 against Ohio State on neutral ice ...... This year, the two teams split two games in Big Rapids during regular-season play with both winning by identical 3-1 scores (Jan. 11-12) ...... Last season, the Bulldogs posted a 1-0-1 mark against the Buckeyes with a 4-3 win in Columbus followed by a 3-3 overtime tie (Jan. 20-21).  FSU won the second-night shootout to take five of a possible six points against Ohio State ...... In 2010-11, the Bulldogs went 2-1-1 with the Buckeyes with a win both in Big Rapids and Columbus along with a shootout victory at OSU ... FSU has now posted a 5-2-2 series mark over the last three years after last night's victory. 

First-Round Bye: Ferris State earned its fourth consecutive first-round bye for the CCHA Playoffs.  FSU  and Miami (Ohio) are the only teams in the last four years to earn a bye each season.

The CCHA Playoffs: This weekend's second-round matchups include top-seeded Miami hosting Michigan State, number two seed Western Michigan entertaining Michigan along with third-seeded Notre Dame playing host to Bowling Green in addition to the Ohio State-Ferris State matchup. The second-round winners will advance to the semifinals at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, March 23.  The CCHA Championship game will take place on Sunday, March 24, in Detroit at 2:05 p.m. (ET).  The league's tournament champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.  

CCHA  Championship Weekend: The 2013 CCHA Championship will be held March 22-24 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The weekend event commences Friday, March 22, with the annual CCHA Awards Show at the Fox Theatre. The semifinal contests get underway Saturday, March 23, at 1:05 p.m. (ET) and 4:35 p.m. (ET), respectively. The CCHA Championship Game is set for Sunday, March 24, at 2:05 p.m. (ET).

Bulldog Playoff Notebook: This year's CCHA Tournament represents the last in the 42-year history of the league ..... Ferris State has advanced to the CCHA Championship Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena four previous times in 1990-91, 1992-93, 2002-03 and 2009-10 .... The Bulldogs swept Nebraska-Omaha in 2010 during the second round to reach the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena before falling during second-round action on the road as the fifth seed in 2011 at Western Michigan ..... A year ago, the Bulldogs also fell in game three of the second round to Bowling Green at home before eventually receiving an at-large NCAA Tournament bid and reaching the Frozen Four for the first-time ever ...... Over the past four seasons, Ferris State and Miami are the only two CCHA members to receive a first-round playoff bye in each of the four campaigns.

CCHA  Tourney History: Ferris State presently sports a 25-57-3 (.312) all-time record in CCHA Tournament contests, which includes a 13-2 home record and a 10-49-3 away mark after Friday's victory.  The Bulldogs made their fifth CCHA Championship appearance in the program's history two years ago (2009-10) to join the 1979-80, 1990-91, 1992-93, and 2002-03 teams as representatives in the league semifinals.  The '79-80 championships were held in Marqutte as FSU has made the trip to Joe Louis Arena four previous times. 

Playoff History vs. OSU: Ferris State and Ohio State are no strangers in CCHA  Tourney action. The two programs have faced each other in the playoffs six previous times prior to this year. The Buckeyes currently own a 7-5-2 all-time playoff edge over the Bulldogs after last night's Bulldog win, including a 7-3-2 mark in Columbus.  Ferris State traveled to OSU  for quarterfinal-round action in 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84 and 1998-99.  The two teams also faced off in the first round in Columbus in 2004-05 and in Big Rapids in 2005-06.  OSU  won game three in '04-05 while the Bulldogs swept the Buckeyes in '05-06 at home.  

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