November 25, 2013

Ferris State Hockey Up To #6 In The Nation This Week

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continued its upward climb in the national rankings this week after yet another weekend sweep, moving to sixth and seventh, respectively, in two different polls.

The Bulldogs, who remain in first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) with a 10-2-1 overall record and a 7-0-1 league slate, climbed to sixth nationally in this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll released on Monday.

This week's number six national ranking represents the Bulldogs' highest placing in the poll since finishing second overall in the final 2011-12 USCHO.com Division I poll announced after FSU's historic appearance in the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.

Additionally, Ferris State also moved up the national listing in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll by being ranked seventh in the country.  FSU is riding a current nine-game (8-0-1) unbeaten streak, which is the nation's longest active streak.

In addition to the top 10 rankings in both polls, the Bulldogs also are listed third in the national RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) and PairWise rankings, which help determine the NCAA field at the end of the year. 

Ferris State is one of two WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 16th-ranked Lake Superior State. Three other schools remain listed just outside the top 20 among others receiving votes, including Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Alaska-Anchorage.

The Bulldogs earned 701 total points along with one first-place vote to move up from 10th last week in the USCHO listing.  Minnesota holds down the top spot in the poll with 963 points and 22 first-place votes with St. Cloud State second (962) and Michigan third (860).

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 earning votes.  FSU totaled 297 points in the poll and moved up from 13th a week ago.

FSU opens a eight-game stretch away from home next weekend (Nov. 29-30) as the Bulldogs venture to Marquette for a Thanksgiving weekend clash against the Northern Michigan Wildcats in WCHA play at the Berry Events Center. The series' opener is set for Friday (Nov. 29) and the finale takes place on Saturday (Nov. 30) with both games starting at 7:07 p.m. (ET).

The Bulldogs' 10 wins to date are the second-most in the country and FSU continues to hold a four-point lead over second place Bemidji State in the league standings after this past Saturday's play with the Beavers having played two more conference games.

This past weekend's series' wrapped up a six-game homestand for the Bulldogs in which FSU captured 11 of a possible 12 points. Saturday's contest against the Nanooks was FSU's final action at home in the 2013 calendar year as the Bulldogs will not return to home ice until Jan. 10-11 versus Michigan Tech.

Single-game tickets for all remaining 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. For more ticket information, fans can visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.

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