Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Alumni Association will hold a pre-game reception on Friday (March 28) for those Bulldog fans planning to attend the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament contest at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Prior to the Bulldogs game on Friday versus Colgate, the Ferris Alumni Association will hold a pre-game reception starting at 2 p.m. (EDT), at US Bank Arena inside the All Access Bar & Grill on the 5th Floor.
The reception includes free food, fun and giveaways, and is open to all alumni and fans of Ferris State. Fans planning to attend the reception must have a game ticket to enter the arena.
Ferris State fans have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to signup for the fan package, which includes bus travel along with lodging arrangements. Bulldog fans can call (231) 591-2888 or stop by the FSU Ticket Office inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex for more information.
Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ncaa.com/tickets for the Cincinnati regional.
Opening faceoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (EDT) between the second-seeded Bulldogs and third-seeded Colgate. The other matchup in the Midwest Regional will feature top-seeded Wisconsin versus fourth-seeded North Dakota at 8 p.m. (EDT) with the winner of each game slated to square off in the regional final with a berth in the 2014 Frozen Four on the line Saturday (March 29) at 6:30 p.m.
Ferris State's NCAA Tournament opener versus Colgate will be televised live via webcast on ESPN3 and also available on the WatchESPN app. It will also be re-aired the same day on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.
Ferris State, which claimed the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Regular-Season Championship for its second conference crown in the last three years this season, holds a nation-leading 28 victories to date and is 28-10-3 on the year entering Friday's regional matchup.
Meanwhile, Colgate sports a 20-13-5 mark to date this campaign and placed second in the ECAC with a 13-6-3 league record.
Ironically, Friday's matchup will represent the fourth meeting this season between the two non-conference opponents. The two teams played a non-league series on the opening weekend (Oct. 5-6) of the season with FSU taking game one 7-4 and the Raiders rebounding for a 1-0 shutout the following night in Hamilton, N.Y. The two schools then faced each other again over the holiday break on Jan. 4 at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis with Colgate scoring a 3-0 win.
Ferris State will be making its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history. The Bulldogs' 2002-03 team earned the program's first-ever berth and was among the national tourney's final eight teams before FSU's 2011-12 squad won the Midwest Regional Championship and reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time two seasons ago.
For more information on the pre-game reception or for anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (231) 591-2345 or by email at email@example.com at least 72 hours in advance.