December 13, 2013

PREVIEW: #4 Bulldogs Put 14-Game Unbeaten Streak On Line At Michigan State

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UP NEXT IN BULLDOG HOCKEY:

at Michigan State
Saturday, Dec. 14 – 7 p.m. (ET)
Munn Ice Arena - East Lansing, Mich.

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The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team visits the Michigan State Spartans this Saturday (Dec. 14) in a non-league contest at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The nationally fourth-ranked Bulldogs will take on the Spartains in a single game with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. (ET). FSU will wear its white jerseys for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame contest.

Media Coverage: Saturday'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: Saturday night's tilt will be televised live by Comcast Xfinity and will mark the Bulldogs' second consecutive regionally or nationally-televised contest.

The Records: Ferris State owns a 13-2-3 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 battled to a 2-2 overtime tie before falling in a seven-round shootout in a memorable matchup against the Michigan Wolverines this past Wednesday (Dec. 11) evening at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Last weekend, FSU pulled off a weekend league road sweep at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie.  Ferris State scored three goals in the first five minutes on Friday (Dec. 6) night en route to a 5-3 triumph.  FSU then struck twice in the first 10 minutes on Saturday night while coming out with a 3-1 victory.

Michigan State, which is midst its first season of Big Ten hockey, presently holds a 5-8-1 overall record to date this year and is off to a 0-1-1 start in conference action. The Spartans are 2-1-1 in their last four outings to date, but coming off a 3-2 home loss versus Minnesota last Saturday (Dec. 7). All five of the Spartans' wins to date have came at Munn Ice Arena.

The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 22nd season, 363-380-87 (.490) – (19-37-8 vs. Michigan State – 8-15-5 Home, 10-21-2 away and 1-1-1 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 State - Tom Anastos (Michigan State, 1985), 3rd season, 38-49-8 (.411) - Tom Anastos, a Michigan State alumnus who has excelled in the sport of hockey as a player, coach, administrator, and visionary, was appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Michigan State Hockey program on March 23, 2011. Anastos, who previously served as the commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for 13 seasons, became just the sixth Michigan State hockey coach in program history and the fourth in the modern era. Two seasons ago, the Spartans received a NCAA berth and made its first trip to the national tournament since 2008. Anastos was recenlty recognized as one of the most influential and powerful people in the sport of hockey by The Hockey News in five out of six years.

Series History: Michigan State holds a 68-34-15 all-time series advantage. The Bulldogs are 16-27-8 when having home ice and 17-40-6 overall in East Lansing. FSU is 1-1-1 when facing off on neutral ice against the Spartans ...... A year ago, the Bulldogs won three of four outings versus the Spartans. MSU was a 3-1 winner over the Bulldogs in East Lansing (Dec. 15) before Ferris State came back to post a 3-0 shutout over the Spartans in Big Rapids to open the second half of the season (Jan. 5). FSU then recorded a home-and-home weekend sweep with a 2-1 win at Munn (Jan. 18) followed by a 5-2 triumph at the Ewigleben Ice Arena (Jan. 19) ..... Ferris State swept Michigan State two weeks ago in Big Rapids by scores of 2-1 and 4-3 (1/27-28/12).  It marked FSU's first weekend sweep over the Spartans since 1990 and was the first-time ever the Bulldogs had recorded two wins over the Spartans in the same weekend in Big Rapids .... Ferris State has currently won eight of the last 10 matchups overall heading into Saturday's encounter.

Did You Know? Ferris State was one of only six teams nationally that had already reached the 10-win plateau heading into last 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 14-game unbeaten streak (11-0-3) 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 .806 winning percentage (13-2-3) 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.

Important Notes: Ferris State was honored as College Hockey News' "Team of the Week", which was announced prior to Wednesday's overtime tie at Michigan following FSU's weekend road sweep at Lake Superior State ...... Ferris State and Michigan were featured twice on ESPN's Top 10 Plays on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The two highlights included a save by Bulldog goaltender CJ Motte on a shot from his younger brother, Michigan freshman Tyler Motte. The other was the Wolverines' shootout-winning goal that needed a replay review ....... Bulldog sophomore Matt Robertson was tabbed as this week's WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the sweep over LSSU. It marked the sixth-straight week in which FSU has had at least one individual honored by the league office.

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