Big Rapids, Mich. - A third member of Ferris State University's 2013-14 men's ice hockey senior class made his professional debut this past weekend as Bulldog captain Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) skated for the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Idaho Steelheads.
Czarnowczwan, who captained the Bulldogs to an NCAA Division I Elite Eight finish in his final collegiate campaign this past season, registered a goal and an assist in his professional debut on Friday (April 11) night in a 3-2 setback to the Utah Grizzlies at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.
The former Bulldog defenseman registered his first professional goal in the opening period and later added an assist in the third period. He also played on Saturday night as the Steelheads rebounded for a 3-2 triumph.
Idaho, which is the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars, will open the 2014 playoffs at home on April 18 and 19 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise.
Czarnowczan is the latest in this year's line of Bulldog seniors to reach the professional level over the last two weeks. Forward Garrett Thompson earlier signed an ATO contract and made his pro debut with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League while fellow forward Cory Kane began his career with the AHL's Providence Bruins.
This past season, Czarnowczan was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and earned second team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) honors. He produced 25 points on six goals and 19 assists for the Bulldogs, who reached the regional title game this campaign only two years after advancing to the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four during his sophomore season. He notched a team-leading three game-winning goals in 2013-14 as the Bulldogs won the WCHA's regular-season championship in their debut campaign.
As a collegian, Czarnowczan's play helped the Bulldogs win two conference regular-season titles, becoming only the third program ever to claim both WCHA and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) crowns. FSU captured this year's WCHA Regular-Season title and was also the WCHA Five Five Championship runner-up this season before winning their NCAA Tournament opener and moving within a game of the Frozen Four once again.
Czarnowczan was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and finished his career with nine goals and 54 assists for 63 total points in 141 collegiate contests.
This season, his play helped the Bulldogs produce a 29-11-3 overall record. Ferris State's 29 total wins this season represented the second-most seasonal victories in school history and this year's five-member senior class, which included Czarnowczan, compiled the most wins (89) of any four-year class in school history.