November 5, 2013

Ferris State Hockey Moves Into National Rankings At #19 This Week

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State has reaped the rewards of an impressive weekend road sweep as the Bulldog men's ice hockey team has vaulted into the Division I national rankings this week.

Following the weekend sweep over Alabama-Huntsville in the Bulldogs' first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series, FSU moved into 19th place in this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll.

Additionally, Ferris State is currently third among others receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll or 18th in the country in the listing.

Ferris State is among three WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 14th-ranked Lake Superior State and 18th-ranked Minnesota State. Two other schools are listed just outside the top 20 among others receiving votes, including Bowling Green and Alaska.

The Bulldogs earned 107 total points to move into the USCHO listing for the first time this season.  Minnesota holds down the top spot in the poll with 1000 points and all 50 first-place votes with Michigan second (900) and St. Cloud State third (824).

The USCHO.com Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.  FSU previously was ranked as high as number one in the country in the poll during the memorable 2011-12 season in which Ferris State eventually reached the NCAA Frozen Four and the national championship game.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll is conducted in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).  The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

This weekend (Nov. 7-8), FSU will play its first-ever WCHA home series this weekend (Nov. 8-9) as the Bulldogs entertain league leader Bemidji State in a two-game set at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Both Friday and Saturday's games will begin at 7:07 p.m. (ET) as the Bulldogs put their three-game winning streak on the line.

As part of the first-ever WCHA home action, the Bulldogs will hold a magnet giveaway on Friday night during the league home opener. It will also be Greek Night for Bulldog students with those wearing their letters able to purchase $8 tickets.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs will hold Veterans Appreciation Night. Complimentary tickets will be available for Veterans while supplies last and up to four guest tickets may be purchased for $6 each.

Single-game tickets for all FSU home contests this season are currently on sale and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling 1-800-585-3737 or purchased in person at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) along with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).  

Fans can save and avoid potential lines by purchasing in advance. Additionally, the ticket office will remain open Friday night until 8 p.m. and oepn again on Saturday at 12 p.m.  For more ticket information, fans can visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.

The Bulldogs are coming off a weekend road sweep over Alabama-Huntsville in their first WCHA contests this past weekend (Nov. 1-2) at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. FSU took the opener 5-0 on Friday night before posting a 3-2 comeback win on Saturday. The Bulldogs are presently 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the WCHA to date this year.

Meanwhile, Bemidji State holds a league-best 3-1 conference mark to date this year. The Beavers are 3-4-1 overall heading into the weekend series.  BSU split two games with preseason league favorite Minnesota State this past weekend as the Beavers won the opener 4-1 before falling by a 4-3 score on Saturday.

This weekend's two-game set begins a six-game homestand for the Bulldogs in WCHA play over the next three weekends in the month of November. FSU continues the stretch next weekend (Nov. 15-16) against Bowling Green State before playing the final two games against Alaska the following week (Nov. 22-23).

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