Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will play its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association (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.
With the two weekend wins, Ferris State has climbed into the national rankings at 19th this week in the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division I poll. 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).
Seating is again expected to be at a premium for all FSU home contests this season. Last year, in 2012-13, the Bulldogs officially sold out five times and drew more than 2,000 fans for each of their last 10 regular-season home contests in the 2,400-seat facility. Overall, FSU has posted 11 total sellouts at the Ewigleben Ice Arena since the second half of a historic 2011-12 campaign in which the Bulldogs reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four.
Ferris State has also officially sold out its expanded "Dawg Pound" student section for the second consecutive year with more than 600 student season tickets sold this campaign. FSU increased the size and capacity of the student section a year ago due to high demand. The "Dawg Pound" has been labeled as one of college hockey's top student sections.
Both weekend contests will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Dominic Hennig and Dan Kowalski calling the play-by-play action. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. (ET) both nights and the broadcast is also accessible online.
In addition, a live high-definition video and audio pay-per-view webcast will be available for all 2013-14 regular-season contests via a new conference agreement between WCHATV & America One. The two games will be produced by Ferris Television in partnership with FSU Athletics. All links, including live audio and video along with live internet statistics, will be available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.