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Weekly Notes Games 31-32: Ferris State at Bowling Green State

February 19, 2008

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will seek to extend its current five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak this weekend (Feb. 22-23) as the Bulldogs skate against the Bowling Green State University Falcons in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The puck will drop for both contests at 7:05 p.m. (EST).

    2007-08 Ferris State Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2007-08 Bulldog home 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. Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets Plus at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets Plus' website: www.starticketsplus.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan.

    The Records: Ferris State, which is ranked 19th nationally in this week’s (Feb. 17) Inside College Hockey.com’s (INCH) poll, improved to 13-12-5 overall and 10-10-4 in the CCHA with a two-game league home sweep of nationally second-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Feb. 15-16) at FSU’s Ewigleben in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs extended their current unbeaten streak to a season-best five games (3-0-2) with the two league wins. Ferris State is 6-6-2 on the road, 6-6-3 at home, and 1-0-0 at neutral sites this campaign. The Bulldogs are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week’s U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll. Ferris State compiled a 14-22-3 overall record for the 2006-07 campaign, which included a ninth place 10-16-2 CCHA mark. The Bulldogs were 9-8-1 at home, 5-14-1 on the road, and 0-0-1 at neutral sites a season ago.

    Bowling Green State is 15-15-0 overall and 12-12-0 in the CCHA to date following a two-game league series split against Nebraska-Omaha last weekend (Feb. 15-16) at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. The Falcons, who are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week’s U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll, are 5-5-0 in their last 10 contests. BGSU is 6-6-0 at home, 9-8-0 on the road, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites this campaign. Bowling Green State finished the 2006-07 campaign at 7-29-2 overall with a 12th-place 5-22-1 CCHA mark.

    The All-Time Series: The two teams will meet for the 103rd and 104th times this weekend in a series which Bowling Green State has a 50-41-11 advantage. The Falcons recorded a two-game sweep of the Bulldogs earlier this season (11/9-10) at Big Rapids, Mich., with 6-3 and 3-1 victories. The Bulldogs are 11-4-1 (.719) in their last 16 meetings versus Bowling Green State, which includes a 4-1-0 road mark. Ferris is averaging 4.06 goals per game (65 total) during that period while the Falcons are scoring 2.69 goals an outing (43 total) for a +1.37 goals differential. Ten of the last 12 meetings between the two teams has been determined by two goals or less with Ferris State producing a 6-2-2 (.700) mark in those contests. FSU is 6-3-2 (.636) in its last 11 appearances at Bowling Green State. The Bulldogs are 11-10-5 all-time in February encounters, which includes a 2-4-2 away ledger.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 252-298-56 (.460) – (22-17-6 vs. Bowling Green State - 9-10-3 Away; 13-7-3 Home; 0-0-0 Neutral). 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 ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year.

    Miami (Ohio)Scott Paluch (Bowling Green State, 1991), 6th season, 70-126-20 (.370) – (3-9-2 vs. Ferris State). Paluch earned 1987-88 All-America and All-CCHA First-Team honors as a senior at BGSU. He served as an associate head coach at Boston College from 1995-02 prior to becoming the fifth coach in the program’s history.

    About Bowling Green State: The Falcons currently have 12 skaters with double-digit points totals, led by senior forward Derek Whitmore (26-6=32) and freshman forward Jacob Cepis (12-15=27). Whitmore leads the nation in goals per game (0.90 gpg.) and is 23rd in points per game (1.10 ppg.) among the national leaders. Freshman goaltender Nick Eno (10-6-0, 2.57 GAA, .912sv%) and junior netminder Jimmy Spratt (5-9-0, 2.96 GAA, .889sv%) have shared the netminding duties this season.

    30th Anniversary – The 2007-08 season represents the 30th anniversary for the Ferris State men’s ice hockey program competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Bulldogs registered a 10-24-0 overall record in the 1978-79 season which marked their NCAA Division I debut.

    2007-08 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was selected to finish ninth with 44 points in the 2007-08 CCHA Coaches Poll while the Bulldogs were tabbed eighth by the media (279 points), which was announced Sept. 25, 2007 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Miami (114 points) was selected as the favorite in the coaches poll and second in the media poll. Michigan State, the 2006-07 NCAA Division I National Champions, claimed top honors in the media balloting with 701 points. A total of 63 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: All of Ferris State's 2007-08 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be heard live on Big Country WWBR (100.9 FM) with Bill Beckwith providing the play-by-play.

    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: All statistics for the 2007-08 Ferris State men's ice hockey home games along with all Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) contests can be followed via GameTracker on Ferris State's Hockey Website at www.ferris.edu/sports/hockey and then click on 2007-08 Schedule/Results. GameTracker is a service of Online College Sports and is a real time update of the action. If the GameTracker logo FSU Hockey is shown for that game then there will be a GameTracker link. For the other CCHA contests, visit http://ccha.cstv.com/ and click on “GT” to access the GameTracker live statistics feature.

    30th Anniversary – The 2007-08 season represents the 30th anniversary for the Ferris State men’s ice hockey program competing at the NCAA Division I level. The Bulldogs registered a 10-24-0 overall record in the 1978-79 season which marked their NCAA Division I debut.

    Better Than A Season Ago – Ferris State’s 24 league points (10-10-4 CCHA) in 24 games this season already exceeds last season’s 22 league points (10-16-2) in 28 league encounters. The Bulldogs are three point shy of equalling the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points total (10-11-7).

    Just One More – The Bulldogs are one victory away from matching last season’s 14-win total (14-22-3 overall) as FSU’s current 13 victories this season (13-12-5 overall) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.

    Unbeaten Streak – FSU’s present five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak represents a season best. The Bulldogs are averaging 3.4 goals per game (17 total) during the span while the opposition has averaged 2.4 goals an outing (12 total). Sophomore left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) has compiled a squad-high six points (3-3=6) in those five games.

    Moving Up The Charts – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) moved into a tie for seventh place among Ferris’ all-time victories leaders with last Friday’s (2/15) 6-5 victory over Miami by registering his 28th career win. O’Keefe, who has amassed a 28-36-15 career mark in 80 appearances, is presently tied with Ted Ykema (1978-81) and Pat Mazzoli (1990-93) for seventh place. He’s two victories away from moving into a fifth-place tie with Mike Williams (1986-90) and Craig Lisko (1990-94). O’Keefe is the school’s record holder for most career ties with 15 total.

    Wietecha Earns CCHA Weekly Honor – Freshman defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) has been named this week’s CCHA Defenseman of the Week for his performance in last weekend’s (2/15-16) two-game league series sweep of nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio). Wietecha tallied the game-winning goal in Saturday’s (2/16) 3-1 win with a late third-period tally and notched the first assist on the Bulldogs’ game-winning lamplighter in Friday’s (2/15) 6-5 victory over the RedHawks. Wietecha is the fourth FSU skater to garner weekly league honors this campaign.

    Give It Up For Chupp – Sophomore right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) picked up his team-leading 23rd point (8-15=23) this season with an empty-net tally against Miami last Saturday (2/16). His double-digit points total this campaign in 30 contests matches his 2006-07 season output of 23 points (8-15=23) in 37 outings. Chupp, who has five points (3-2=5)?in his last four games, is four points (16-30=46) away from notching his 50th career point.

    Out For The Season – Senior defenseman Adam Welch (Hastings, Minn.) will miss the remainder of the 2007-08 season as a result of a knee injury suffered in a weekend league series finale tilt at Lake Superior State (2/2). Welch, a three-time FSU captain, had generated two points (0-2=2) this season in 25 contests. In 140 career games, Welch has 29 points on five goals and 24 assists.

    Life of RileyBlair Riley has accumulated a combined 10 points (5-5=10) in his last 10 appearances, highlighted by a season-best tying three-point (1-2=3) game against Miami (2/15).

    Goal Scorer – Junior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) has recorded seven of his eight points (7-1=8) this season on goals. Lewandowski, who has three points (2-1=3) in his last four games, netted a goal last Friday versus Miami and then claimed his first assist of this season in Saturday’s game.

    Did You Know? – Ferris’ 83 goals this season in its initial 30 games is identical to last season’s production following the first 30 contests. Defensively, FSU has allowed 72 goals this season compared to 106 lamplighters in the 2006-07 campaign for a 34-goals difference.



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