Big Rapids, Mich. - A impressive start to its first-ever season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has lifted the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team five spots in the national rankings this week.
The Bulldogs, who are in first place in the WCHA with a 7-2 overall record and perfect 4-0 league slate, climbed to 14th in this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll released on Monday.
Additionally, Ferris State also cracked the national listing in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll for the first time this year by being ranked 15th in the country.
Ferris State is one of two WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 15th-ranked Lake Superior State. Four other schools are listed just outside the top 20 among others receiving votes, including Minnesota State, Bowling Green, Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage.
The Bulldogs earned 320 total points to move up from 19th last week in the USCHO listing. Minnesota holds down the top spot in the poll with 984 points and 38 first-place votes with Michigan second (922) and St. Cloud State third (838).
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.
Ferris State is the lone WCHA member school found in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Lake Superior State and Bowling Green earning votes.
This weekend, Ferris State continues its six-game league homestand by hosting Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 15-16) nights at the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Opening faceoff for both games is set for 7:07 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids.
The two teams enter the weekend with FSU first and BGSU tied for second place in the WCHA standings. The Bulldogs are also riding a current five-game winning streak. Bowling Green holds a 5-3-2 overall record and is 3-1-0 in league action heading into the two-game set.
This Friday is Ladies Appreciation Night with a limited number of tickets being sold for $6 in advance. A special "BOGO" offer or buy one ticket, get one free will be available for Saturday's series' finale against the Falcon while supplies last.
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.