December 9, 2013

PREVIEW: #4 Bulldogs Visit #3 Michigan For Top 10 Matchup This Wednesday Night

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at #3 Michigan
Wednesday, Dec. 11 – 7 p.m. (ET)
Yost Ice Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.

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The Opening Faceoff:
The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team squares off with the University of Michigan Wolverines this Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a non-league contest at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The nationally fourth-ranked Bulldogs will visit the third-ranked Wolverines for a single game with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. (ET).

Media Coverage: Wednesday's game 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 a half-hour prior to puck drop. The online broadcast is accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. All links, including live video along with live internet statistics, will be available on the online home of Bulldog Athletics.

Television Coverage: Wednesday night's top-10 showdown will be televised live by Fox Sports Detroit + on a regional basis along with being simulcast nationwide across the country on Fox College Sports Atlantic. A live watch party will take place at the Buffalo Wild Wings location in Big Rapids.

The Records: Ferris State owns a 13-2-2 overall mark to date this year and is first in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings with a 10-0-2 league record. The Bulldogs are coming off a weekend league road sweep at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  FSU scored three goals in the first five minutes on Friday (Dec. 6) night en route to a 5-3 triumph.  Ferris State then struck twice in the first 10 minutes on Saturday night while coming out with a 3-1 victory.

Michigan, which is midst its first season of Big Ten hockey, presently holds a 10-2-1 overall record to date this year and is off to a 2-0-0 start in conference action. The Wolverines beat Ohio State to start league play in a home-and-home series with a 4-3 overtime win at home on Nov. 29 before topping the Buckeyes 5-4 in Columbus last Monday (Dec. 2). UM then suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the U.S. NTDP under 18 squad in an exhibition last Thursday (Dec. 5) in its most recent action. Overall, Michigan has won four of its last five outings to date this year.

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 22nd season, 363-380-86 (.490) – (13-42-5 vs. Michigan – 4-27-1 away, 9-13-3 home and 0-2-1 neutral). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the Spencer Penrose Award winner as the American Collegiate Hockey Association's (ACHA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2012 in addition to claiming CCHA Coach of the Year honors both times. He was among three finalists for both the 2007-08 and 2009-10 CCHA Coach of the Year Awards. Daniels led the Bulldogs to their first-ever appearance at the Frozen Four and second-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title two years ago.

Michigan - Red Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 30th season, 780-373-81 (.665) - (64-24-5 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM's all-time winningest coach and currently ranks fifth on college hockey's coaching wins list.  Berenson is one of six head coaches in college hockey history to compile 700 wins.  He's a two-time (1994 and 2008) CCHA Coach of the Year Award recipient and the 2007-08 winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year. Berenson directed Michigan to their eighth and ninth NCAA National Championship in 1996 and 1998. Under Berenson, the Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Tournament a record 22 consecutive seasons until last year, the longest in school history, and appeared in the Frozen Four 11 times. Berenson played in the National Hockey League for 17 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues.

Series History: Ferris State and Michigan will square off for the 104th time in a series in which the Wolverines own a 68-29-6 edge. FSU is 11-41-1 on the road, 19-24-4 at home, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites versus Michigan to date ...... Last season, FSU posted a 1-1-2 mark against UM, which included a 5-0 shutout win over the Wolverines on Nov. 30 before tying the following night (Dec. 1) by a score of 3-3 and falling in the shootout at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. At the end of the season, in the last regular-season CCHA series for both teams, Michigan scored a 4-1 win in the opener at Yost (March 1) before the two teams tied in overtime in Ann Arbor for the first-time ever in the regular-season finale (March 2) ..... Two years ago, the Bulldogs fell to Michigan twice by scores of of 5-2 (Oct. 27) and 4-0 (Oct. 28) in Ann Arbor before later reaching the Frozen Four..... Fifteen of the last 30 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State sports a 6-5-4 mark in those encounters.

Did You Know? Ferris State was one of only six teams nationally that had already reached the 10-win plateau heading into this past weekend's action along with Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Providence, Massachusetts-Lowell and Clarkson. FSU and Lake Superior State were the WCHA's lone-ranked teams heading into last weekend's series in which the Bulldogs recorded the sweep.

Leading The Nation: Ferris State's current 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) is the nation's longest active streak this year. The Bulldogs' 13 wins to date are tied for the most in the country along with Quinnipiac (13-3-3) and FSU now holds a eight-point lead over second place Minnesota State in the league standings after this past weekend's action. Ferris State's current .824 winning percentage (13-2-2) ranks second in the nation only behind St. Cloud State's .857 (11-1-2) figure.

National Rankings: Ferris State moved up two spots to fourth nationally in both this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) National Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. Ferris State was ranked for 37 consecutive weeks dating between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons at one stretch and was ranked first in the nation during the memorable 2011-12 season. The number four 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.

Home Ticket Information: 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. For more ticket information, fans can visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.

The Opponent: Michigan is currently ranked third in the country this week. UM presently holds a 10-2-1 overall record to date this year and is off to a 2-0-0 start in conference action. The Wolverines beat Ohio State to start league play in a home-and-home series with a 4-3 overtime win at home on Nov. 29 before topping the Buckeyes 5-4 in Columbus last Monday (Dec. 2). UM then suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the U.S. NTDP under 18 squad in an exhibition last Thursday (Dec. 5) in its most recent action. Overall, Michigan has won four of its last five outings to date this year.

Bulldog Notebook: Ferris State's game-tying goal in the Bulldogs' recent overtime tie with Bowling Green was first on the NCAA's Top Five Plays of the Week announced two weeks ago ..... The Bulldogs rank fifth in the nation in scoring at 3.76 goals per game. FSU is also sixth nationally in scoring margin to date (1.47) along with ninth in combined special teams (53.8%) ...... FSU's CJ Motte holds the nation's best winning percentage (13-0-2) for goalies this season ..... Bulldog senior captain Scott Czarnowczan and FSU junior Jason Binkley are both tied for 12th among the nation's top scoring defensemen with 14 points this year while freshman Kyle Schempp is 17th in points per game for rookies with 14 points (6-8-14) .... Bulldog sophomore winger Matt Robertson has notched a goal in seven-straight games to date, including one in each of this past weekend's games at LSSU ..... Ferris State has taken 20 of a possible 22 points to date in league play and has yet to lose a conference contest in its debut season in the WCHA ..... FSU entered its series finale at Northern Michigan (Nov. 30) leading the country in the RPI and pairwise rankings, which help determine the NCAA Tournament field at the end of the season ....... The Bulldogs now own a current 7-1-1 mark in road action to date this season ..... The Bulldogs' CJ Motte was tabbed as the WCHA nominee and one of five honorable mention choices for the Hockey Commissioners Association National Player of the Month Award for November while freshman Kyle Schempp was also a league nominee and among five honorable mention candidates for the Rookie of the Month honor .

Statistics Notes: FSU's Garrett Thompson is second overall in conference play in scoring with 13 points. The Bulldogs' Kyle Schempp is next inline in third place with 12 points while the duo of Justin Buzzeo and Jason Binkley are midst a tie for fourth place with 11 points. FSU has four of the top five point producers in WCHA action to date.

Matt Robertson is third in the WCHA in goal scoring with seven goals in league action to date. Senior Garrett Thompson is tied for fifth with six goals. Meanwhile, Jason Binkley leads the WCHA with nine assists in conference action while Thompson, Czarnowczan, Buzzeo and Schempp all rank tied for fourth with seven each.

Robertson and Schempp both have three power-play goals in WCHA play, which is tied for third-most in the league to date .... Ferris State freshman Chad McDonald is tied for first in conference play with two short-handed points (1-1-2) .... Robertson shares the league lead with two game-winners.

Binkley ranks first in defenseman scoring among WCHA blueliners with 11 points in conference play while Czarnowczan is second with 10 points.  Schempp is the league leader among freshmen with 12 points in WCHA contests while McDonald ranks tied for second with nine points.

CJ Motte is the league and nation's winningest netminder and ranks third in the WCHA in save percentage (.930) along with fourth in goals against average (2.14).

As a team, the Bulldogs are first in the WCHA in scoring offense (3.92 gpg.) in addition to third in scoring defense (2.17), third on the power play (22.6%) and second in combined special teams (55.0%).

FSU has a league-high 21 goals in the first period this season with 13 in the second and 12 in the third to go with one in overtime for 47 conference goals. Ferris State has allowed only two in the initial frame with 13 in the second and 11 in the third for 26 WCHA goals allowed.

Penalty Kill: Ferris State racked up seven penalties for 25 minutes in its recent series' finale at Northern Michigan (Nov. 30) and the Bulldogs' penalty total included three key penalties in the third period. One of them resulted in a five-minute major penalty with the Wildcats owning the man-advantage for nearly all of the overtime session, but the Bulldogs' penalty-kill unit was up to the task and killed it off to preserve the tie.

Big Homestand: Ferris State's series against Alaska (Nov. 22-3) wrapped up a six-game homestand for the Bulldogs.  The two games against the Nanooks were FSU's final action at home in the 2013 calendar year until the Bulldogs return to home ice on Jan. 10-11 versus Michigan Tech.

Key Captain Note: FSU senior captain Scott Czarnowczan has been named as one of the nominees for the Senior CLASS Award for his accomplishments on and off the ice.  The award annually goes to a student-athlete for success on and off the ice. The Bulldogs have had one of the 10 national finalists for the award each of the last two years in Chad Billins and Kyle Bonis.

Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs continue an eight-game stretch away from home by visiting another Big Ten member in Michigan State this Saturday (Dec. 14) night at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. FSU then breaks for the holiday before returning to action at the prestigious Mariucci Classic that will be hosted by Big Ten member Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 3-4, 2014.

WCHA Player of Week: For the fifth consecutive week, a Ferris State player attained WCHA Player of the Week recognition following yet another impressive weekend for the Bulldogs as veteran Ferris State goaltender CJ Motte was tabbed the WCHA Men's Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight week following FSU's series at Northern Michigan (Nov. 29-30). A 6-0, 190-pound junior from St. Clair, Mich., Motte did not yield an even-strength goal in the two complete games versus the Wildcats. He had a series 0.96 goals-against average, stopped 55 of 57 shots for a .965 saves percentage, and had five shutout periods. Motte had 32 saves in Friday's 4-1 Bulldog win over the Wildcats, yielding a single PPG with just :11 seconds left to play. He then added 23 more on Saturday in a 1-1 overtime tie. He played a key role on the penalty-kill as FSU was forced to play the latter stage of the third period and nearly all of Saturday's overtime session down a man.

Season Notes: Junior goaltender CJ Motte improved to 13-0-2 in net following last weekend's action at Lake Superior State.  He currently owns a 2.31 goals against average and .925 save percentage this campaign … The Bulldogs have won seven of nine games on the road this season with one tie … Ferris State has tallied five goals or more in seven of the Bulldogs' 13 victories so far this year .... Sixteen different Bulldog skaters have combined to record FSU's 64 goals to date this season. In addition, the squad's 104 assists have been earned by a total of 21 individuals … FSU also owns a current 6-1-1 mark to date at home this season.

Scoring Leader: Ferris State's Garrett Thompson ranks as FSU's leading scorer this season to date with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. Meanwhile, junior Justin Buzzeo is close behind with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists to date.

First-Round Bye: Ferris State earned a first-round bye in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament last year for the fourth consecutive season and joined Miami as the lone league members to receive a bye in each of the final four years of the CCHA. The Bulldogs posted a 16-16-5 overall record a year ago and placed fifth in the final season of CCHA competition.

Pink In The Rink: Ferris State helped aid an important cause as part of FSU's home-opening weekend festivities by holding the school's first "Pink In The Rink" contest presented by General Mills-Yoplait. The Bulldogs donned pink jerseys for the Saturday (Oct. 19) contest versus St. Lawrence to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.  Proceeds from the event went to the local Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer & Wellness fund. The game was made possible thru the generous support of General Mills-Yoplait, which was the exclusive sponsor for the contest.

Preseason Number Two: Ferris State is a unanimous choice to finish second in the its initial campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) as the Bulldogs were picked as the runner-up in the 2013-14 Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll unveiled on Wednesday (Sept. 25) as part of the league's media teleconference with all head coaches. The runner-up performance in the preseason coaches poll came on the heels of being the number two choice in a vote of the media released as part of the 2013-14 WCHA Preseason Media Poll, which was conducted and ran thru the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.

Preseason Honoree: Ferris State junior defenseman Jason Binkley was chosen as a preseason All-WCHA selection by both the coaches and the media.  Senior forward Garrett Thompson and senior defenseman Scott Czarnowczan also received votes from the coaches in the preseason voting.

The 36th Division I Campaign: The Bulldogs embark on the school's first-ever season in the WCHA in 2013-14 for the school's 36th year of NCAA Division I hockey.  This year's slate features eight home weekends with four new schools scheduled to visit Big Rapids for the first time.

Home Attendance: 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.

Dawg Pound Sellout: Ferris State has 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.

Good On Nationwide TV: Ferris State received significant regular-season television exposure throughout last season and won three major nationally-televised games in the second half of the year over Michigan State, Notre Dame and Bowling Green prior to an exciting 1-1 overtime tie versus Michigan broadcast across the country in the regular-season finale.  

CCHA Goaltender Of Month: Ferris State junior CJ Motte was named the Gongshow Goaltender of the Month in the CCHA of January a year ago. Motte appeared in six games for Ferris State during the month of January, posting a 5-1-0 record with one shutout. His 1.34 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage were tops in the league for January, as he allowed just eight goals and made 148 saves on the month.

Shutting Out UM & MSU: With FSU's 3-0 shutout over Michigan State on Jan. 5 of last year, Bulldog goaltender CJ Motte became the first netminder in school history to post shutouts over both MSU and Michigan at any point in a career.  He accomplished the feat by shutting out both schools this season as the Bulldogs were a 5-0 winner over the Wolverines on Nov. 30 in Big Rapids.  Overall, Ferris State has now posted four shutout victories all-time against both Michigan and Michigan State.  The only other Bulldog netminder to post two shutouts against either team was Pat Nagle, who shutout the Spartans twice in 2010, but did not shutout Michigan.

Hat Trick For Thompson: Current senior wing Garrett Thompson's hat trick on Jan. 5 of last year against Michigan State came nearly a year to the day in which a Bulldog player last recorded three goals in a contest. The season prior, the Bulldogs' Jordie Johnson notched a hat trick in non-league play versus Colgate (1/6/12) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in a 4-3 Bulldog victory.

Important Fact: Bulldog senior Garrett Thompson registered 23 points in his last 28 outings a year ago after totaling only three points in the initial 10 contests of the season.  Nine of his 11 goals a year ago also came during the stretch.

Did You Know?: Ferris State ranked second in the nation in combined special teams at 57.5% thru the end of last year's regular-season. In addition, the Bulldogs' power play was 15th the country (20.8%) during regular-season play and the Bulldogs were 12th on the penalty kill at 85.8%.  FSU allowed only two goals on 26 opponent power play tries during the seven games in the month of January.

Team Statistics Notes: FSU's Garrett Thompson registered 26 points a year ago to finish a single point behind departed captain Kyle Bonis' team-best 27 points. Thompson had 11 goals and 15 assists a year ago.    

CJ Motte was the goalie of record in 35 of the Bulldogs' 37 contests last year.  The season before, he split time with All-America goaltender Taylor Nelson in the beginning of the campaign as Nelson was credited as the wining or losing goalie in 10 games during the first half with Motte charged in the other eight outings before Nelson became the primary goaltender in the stretch run to the Frozen Four.

CJ Motte finished tied for 16th in the country with three shutouts last year.  He was 15th in the nation in save percentage (.927) and 18th in goals against average (2.19). His .927 save percentage established a new school single-season record a year ago.

2014 GLI Invitation: For the first time ever, Ferris State received an invitation to compete in the 2014 Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) and will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of college hockey's oldest and most prestigious events at historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit next season as the fields for the next four GLI hockey tournaments were announced recently by Michigan Tech. The Huskies serve as the host of the annual four-team event with Michigan and Michigan State as mainstays in the event. The hockey holiday tradition will have an all-Michigan flavor for the next four years. Western Michigan will join the Huskies, Wolverines and Spartans at this December's outdoor tournament at Comerica Park. Ferris State will then help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GLI when it returns to Joe Louis Arena in 2014. Tech's arch rival, Northern Michigan, has been invited to play in the 2015 GLI. Western Michigan returns again in 2016 as the invitational team.

Facing The GLI Field: This season, in 2013-14, the Bulldogs will face all three other 2014 GLI entrants. FSU squares off against Michigan Tech four times over the course of two seperate weekends in January. The Bulldogs first host the Huskies on Jan. 10-11 at the Ewigleben Ice Arena before returning to Houghton on Jan. 24-25 for a two-game league set. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will also take on both Michigan and Michigan State in the same week as part of its December regular-season schedule. FSU squares off against the Wolverines on Dec. 11 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor before traveling to battle Michigan State at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing on Dec. 14.

Opening The New WCHA: A new era in the distinguished 62-year history of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) recently launched the weekend of October 4-6 as nine of the ten league-member clubs hit the ice for their first competition of the 2013-14 season. Ferris State and head coach Bob Daniels' Bulldogs were the only WCHA team engaged in regular season action during the first weekend.

The WCHA Slate: There are a total of 140 WCHA games in 2013-14, with each league-member team playing a total of 28 conference games. Each team will play five other league members four times each and four others two times each. The regular season champion in the men's WCHA is awarded the MacNaughton Cup. The first round of WCHA playoffs will be contested the weekend of March 14-16, a best-of-three series format that will feature the top eight finishers in regular season competition. The No. 1 seed will host the No. 8 seed, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6 and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The WCHA Final Five: Following the first round, the four winners will advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Five, set for March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. The two semi-final matchups on Friday will feature the No. 3 seed vs the No. 2 seed at 2:07 pm ET and the No. 4 seed vs the No. 1 seed at 7:07 pm ET. On championship Saturday, the contest for the Broadmoor Trophy and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament will face-off at 7:07 pm ET.

NCAA Postseason Action: The 2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 Ice Hockey Championship tournament will open the weekend of March 28-30 with four regionals. On Friday and Saturday, the NCAA East Regional will be held at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT while the NCAA Midwest Regional will be played at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. On Saturday and Sunday, the NCAA Northeast Regional will be held at DCU Center in Worcester, MA and the NCAA West Regional will be at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The four regional winners will then advance to the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four (national championship), to be contested Thursday, April 10 and Saturday, April 12 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Team Captain: Senior defenseman Scott Czarnowczan will serve as the Bulldogs' team captain in the 2013-14 campaign. He is the 43rd individual in the program's history to sport the captain's 'C' on his jersey.

Fixture Behind The Bench: Head coach Bob Daniels, who was named the National Coach of the Year for the second time in 2011-12, is midst his 22nd year behind the Bulldogs' bench in 2013-14 and owns a school-record 363 career victories.

Tremendous Run: The Bulldogs claimed the school's second CCHA regular-season championship in 10 years during the historic 2011-12 campaign, won the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional title and reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four.

First Trip To Frozen Four: Ferris State's best season in school history came to a close in the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., with a 26-12-5 overall record. It included a first-ever trip to the Frozen Four and a national runner-up finish. The title game appearance marked the first time in school history any Bulldog team had ever competed in a national championship game. FSU won or tied 19 of its final 23 games of the 2011-12 season and had a nation leading 15-game unbeaten streak in 2011-12 along with a number one national ranking in both polls for two weeks in February. FSU's 26 wins were the second-most in school history.

Back In The Mix: A total of 20 letterwinners return for the Bulldogs in 2013-14 from a year ago. While the Bulldogs lost five seniors from last year, including team captain and leading scorer Kyle Bonis, FSU did ink a talented incoming recruiting class featuring seven newcomers.  Overall, Ferris State returns seven of its top 10 points leaders from a year ago.

Alumni Success: A record number of more than 20 former Ferris State University skaters signed new professional contracts in the offseason.  A year ago, three Bulldogs saw action in the National Hockey League, including NHL First-Team All-Star Chris Kunitz (Penguins), Zach Redmond (Jets) and Greg Rallo (Panthers). Meanwhile, former captain Chad Billins helped lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Championship under the direction of head coach Jeff Blashill, who is also a Bulldog alum and former FSU assistant coach.

On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, video, news and more.

2013-14 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2013-14 Bulldog home regular-season hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231)-591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. The ticket office will also offer extended hours until 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesdays throughout the season and be open on hockey home game Saturday's at 12 p.m. (ET). Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com.

Purchase In Advance: This season, fans can help the Bulldogs welcome new opponents to Big Rapids in the school's first campaign in the WCHA by purchasing tickets in advance for any home contest during the 2013-14 campaign. Fans will be able to save on single-game tickets by purchasing in advance rather than waiting until gameday.    

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