November 6, 2013

Ferris State Freshman Kyle Schempp Named WCHA Rookie Of The Week

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University freshman forward Kyle Schempp has been named this week's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week.

Schempp helped boost the Bulldogs' to a two-game conference road sweep at Alabama Huntsville this past weekend in the school's first-ever WCHA sereis. A 6-0, 178-pound freshman from Saginaw, Mich., Schempp tallied a goal in each game of the series and also added an assist to share team-high scoring honors with three points. 

In last Friday's (Nov. 1) series-opening 5-0 triumph, he had an assist on teammate Dominic Panetta's first period game-winner and then added his own power-play goal, earning him First Star of the Game honors. Then, in game two on Saturday (Nov. 2), Schempp delivered a key second period goal that tied the game at 2-2 as the visiting Bulldogs staged a 3-2 come-from-behind victory to gain a sweep in their first-ever WCHA series. 

Named the Second Star of the Game, his third period tying goal came just :19 seconds after UAH had taken a 2-1 lead on Saturday. In addition to his three points in the series, Schempp had seven shots on goal and earned a +2 plus/minus rating. The two wins vaulted Ferris State into the national top 20 rankings this week, coming in at No. 19.

Along with Schempp, the Bulldogs' Justin Buzzeo was among three nominees for the Offensive Player of the Week honor and junior goaltender CJ Motte earned a nomination for Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

This weekend (Nov. 7-8), FSU will play its first-ever WCHA home series 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 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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