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FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team continues play on the road for the third consecutive week as the Bulldogs skate against the Wayne State University Warriors this weekend (Jan. 12-13) in a two-game non-league series at Detroit, Mich.. Both contests will start at 7:05 p.m. (EST) with this Friday's (Jan. 12) tilt to be televised live by Comcast Local Detroit.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 5-13-3 overall and 3-10-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs are coming off a CCHA series split against Northern Michigan last weekend (Jan. 5-6) at NMU’s Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. Ferris lost a 4-1 decision to the Wildcats in last Friday’s (Jan. 5) opener, but then registered a 5-3 victory in Saturday’s (Jan. 6) rematch. FSU, which sports a 2-6-1 road mark this season, is 2-5-2 in its last nine contests.
Wayne State has compiled a 4-16-0 overall record with a fifth-place tying 1-7-0 mark in College Hockey America (CHA) to date. The Warriors suffered a pair of league road losses to nationally-ranked Bemidji State last weekend (Jan. 5-6) at BSU’s John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minn. WSU dropped a 3-2 decision in the series opener (Jan. 5) and then suffered a 7-5 setbacl in the finale (Jan. 6). The Warriors, who are 1-4-0 at home this season, are 1-7-0 in their last eight encounters.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 15th season, 230-277-51 (.458) – (3-1-0 vs. Wayne State). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the 2002-03 CCHA Coach of the Year and the Inside College Hockey (INCH) Coach of the Year, but the crowning highlight of his coaching career was being chosen as the recipient of the 2003 Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.
Wayne State – Bill Wilkinson (St. Lawrence, 1970), 8th season, 105-138-24 (.438) – (1-3-0 vs. Ferris State at WSU); Career: 25th season, 418-439-77 (.489). Wilkinson, the 2001-02 CHA Coach of the Year, became the 23rd coach in NCAA hockey history to attain 400 career victories. The three-time (1983-84, 1985-86, 1995-96) CCHA Coach of the Year honoree served 17 seasons (1982-99) as head coach at Western Michigan and compiled a 313-301-53 (.509) bench mark. He registered a 42-17-5 (.695) career record against Ferris State while at Western Michigan.
The Series: Ferris State leads Wayne State 3-1-0 in the all-time series which started in the 2001-02 season. The Bulldogs gained a split in their last series against the Warriors (11/8-9/02) in Big Rapids, winning 4-1 in the opening contest before suffering a 5-4 loss in the finale to snap a three-game Ferris winning streak. Ferris State swept a two-game road series back in 2001 (10/12-13) as the Bulldogs posted 5-2 and 5-0 victories over Wayne State. FSU is 2-0-0 on the road and 1-1-0 at home versus Wayne State.
2006-07 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was selected to finish ninth (55 points) in the 2006-07 CCHA Coaches Poll and seventh in the media poll (437 points), which was announced Sept. 27, 2006 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Michigan State (177 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll while Michigan (845 points) claimed top honors in the media balloting, finishing one point ahead of second-place Michigan State (844 points). A total of 77 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school.
On The Radio: No local radio broadcast is scheduled for this weekend's (Jan. 12-13) non-league series at Wayne State.
On The Television: This Friday’s (Jan. 12) contest versus Wayne State will be televised live on Comcast Local Detroit with Dan Gutosky calling the play-by-play and Lyle Phair serving as the analyst. Comcast Local is the premiere network for southeast Michigan customers to receive unprecedented coverage of local events, entertainment and sports.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.
Live Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State men's ice hockey home contests will be provided via the internet. Visit http://ccha.cstv.com/ and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature in the Schedules/Results section.
Top Non-League Scorers – Senior left wings Matt Verdone (Summerstown, Ontario) and Eric Vesely (Woodstock, Ill.) have talled a team-leading three goals apiece. Verdone (3-2=5) is among five skaters with five points while Vesely (3-1=4) is tied for sixth place with two others.
Making His Case – Freshman defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) posted his first collegiate points with a pair of assists in last Saturday’s (1/6) victory at Northern Michigan. Case assisted on the game’s first goal and then notched the first helper on the Bulldogs’ game-winning lamplighter.
Big Mac – Junior goaltender Derek MacIntyre (Stanwood) posted his first win of this season with a season-high 27-saves against Northern Michigan in last Saturday’s (1/6) win. MacIntyre, a 2004 eighth-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks, made his second start of the campaign after getting the nod in a home non-conference tilt against Union (10/7) but didn’t figure into the decision in a 6-5 loss. He had eight saves in 25:03 of action and also saw playing time as a reserve at Miami (12/2), finishing with 11 saves in 27:38 of ice time.
Streak Ends – Ferris State snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) with a 5-3 league triumph at Northern Michigan (1/6). The Bulldogs also ended a four-game losing skid to the Wildcats and won for the first time in Marquette since Feb. 2, 2002 (4-1 victory).
Little Big Man – Sophomore left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) turned in his first career two-goal game in Saturday’s (1/6) win at NMU. He also recorded his third multi-point game of his career and the second this season after getting a goal and an assist in a 7-1 win over Mercyhurst earlier this campaign (10/13). The 5-6, 173-pound forward has already bettered his performance from a season ago with 11 points (6-5=11) in 20 outings this season compared to seven points (1-6=7) in 36 games for the 2005-06 campaign.
Moving Up – Sophomore goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) moved into 11th-place among Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders last Friday (1/5) at Northern Michigan with 17 stops in the contest. O’Keefe, the 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year, surpassed Phil Osaer (1998-01; 1,273 saves) and is now 284 stops away from moving into a 10th-place tie with Glenn Raeburn (1985-87; 1,561 saves). O’Keefe has presently registered 1,277 career saves in 53 appearances and is averaging 24.1 stops a game during that span.
Non-CCHA Scorer – Senior center Mark Bomersback (Rochester, Alberta) has tallied 26 career points (10-16=26) in 36 non-league contests, which includes 13 points (5-8=13) in 12 non-league outings last season. The assistant captain has compiled 34.7%?(26-75) of his career points production in non-league games.
Milestone Attainted – Mark Bomersback, who has missed 16 games this season after suffering an injury in the season opener versus Union (10/6), picked up his 75th career point last Saturday (1/6) at Northern Michigan with an assist. Bomersback has presently totaled 75 career points (31-44=75) in 121 contests, which included a career-high 32 points (16-16=32) in 40 outings a season ago.
Double-Digit Scorers – Ferris State has five skaters with double-figure points totals to date this season, led by senior right wing Zac Pearson (5-10=15), junior center Dan Riedel (3-9=12), Brendan Connolly (6-5=11), sophomore defenseman Chris Zarb (0-11=11), and junior defenseman Jim Jorgensen (3-7=10). The group has combined for 43.4% (59-136) of the squad’s points production and 34.0% (17-50) of the team’s goal scoring this season.
Did You Know? – Ferris State is 17-9-0 (.654) all-time against current College Hockey America (CHA) teams. The Bulldogs split a non-league home series against Bemidji State last season (Nov. 18-19) at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris won the opener by a 6-1 score, but then suffered a 4-3 loss in the series finale. Ferris State’s best mark versus a CHA opponent is Niagara with the Bulldogs sporting a 3-0-1 ledger (.875). FSU’s most victories over a CHA foe is five (5-3-0) versus Bemidji State.