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Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Jan. 16-17) at Big Rapids, Michigan; Friday - 7:05 p.m. (EST) & Saturday - 5:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with play-by-play announcer Bill Beckwith. Listen
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: A four-game homestand for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team over the next three weeks starts this weekend (Jan. 16-17) as the Bulldogs face off against the nationally-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The action versus the Buckeyes gets underway this Friday (Jan. 16) at 7:05 p.m. (EST) before the two teams wrap up the two-game set on Saturday (Jan. 17) with a 5:05 p.m. (EST) start time. The series marks the only 2008-09 regular-season meetings between the two schools.
2008-09 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008-09 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.
Meijer Family Hockey Night: This Saturday's (Jan. 17) home contest versus Ohio State represents a Meijer Family Hockey Night promotional game. The Meijer Family Hockey Night promotion features four game tickets, four sodas and two bags of popcorn for $32. Meijer Family Hockey Night coupons are available at the Big Rapids Meijer and can be redeemed at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the game’s start time.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 10-10-4 overall and 7-7-2-0 in the CCHA after splitting a league home-and-home series against Western Michigan last weekend (Jan. 9-10). FSU suffered a 2-1 loss to the Broncos in last Friday’s (Jan. 9) tilt at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris then skated to a 4-2 win over Western Michigan in Saturday’s (Jan. 10) rematch at WMU’s Lawson Ice ARena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bulldogs, who are among teams receiving votes in this week’s (Jan. 12) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports poll, are 5-7-0 in home encounters this campaign. Ferris State concluded the 2007-08 season with an 18-16-5 overall record and placed fifth in the final CCHA regular-season standings at 12-12-4 (28 points).
Ohio State improved to 15-6-1 overall and 8-5-1-1 in the CCHA as the Buckeyes won their 10th straight game with a 4-3 overtime league decision over Bowling Green State last Saturday (Jan. 10) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. OSU posted an 8-5 road triumph against the Falcons in last Friday’s (Jan. 9) CCHA series opener. The Buckeyes, who are 4-5-0 on the road and 9-1-1 at home this season, are presently ranked 12th by Inside College Hockey.com this week (Jan. 11). Ohio State is currently listed 14th in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. Ohio State concluded the 2007-08 season at 12-25-4 overall and placed 11th in the CCHA with a 7-18-3 mark.
The All-Time Series: Despite trailing Ohio State 55-41-11 in the all-time series, Ferris State has won the last six meetings between the two teams to date. A season ago (11/2 & 4), FSU recorded a pair of victories over the Buckeyes at OSU's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with 4-0 and 4-2 decisions. Ferris State has compiled a 27-21-3 home mark against OSU and has been victorious in its last four home encounters, which includes 4-2 and 6-2 wins during the 2006-07 campaign (2/2-3). The Bulldogs are averaging 3.31 goals per game (354 total) in the series while Ohio State has scored at a 3.65 goals an outing clip (391 total) for a 0.34 goals differential. Five of the last six encounters have been decided by two goals or more. FSU is 5-14-2 in January matchups, which includes a 3-7-1 home ledger.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 267-312-60 (.465) – (22-26-3 vs. Ohio State – 15-9-2 Home, 7-16-1 Away, 0-1-0 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. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Ohio State – John Markell (Bowling Green State, 1979), 14th season, 257-240-47 (.516) – (23-19-2 vs. Ferris State). Markell has led the Buckeyes to five NCAA Tournament appearances and boasts six 20-or-more win seasons during his tenure at OSU. He was tabbed the 1997-98 CCHA Coach of the Year and was a runner-up for national coach of the year honors. Markell has directed the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2003-05) and a Frozen Four appearance in 1998.
Scouting Ohio State: OSU presently has eight skaters with double-digit points totals, led by senior forward Corey Elkins (8-15=23) and sophomore forward John Albert (7-16=23). Freshman forward Ian Boots (7-12=19) along with sophomore forwards Peter Boyd (7-12=19) and Hunter Bishop (9-9=18) are among the Buckeyes’ points leaders. Freshman forward Zac Dalpe (12-4=16) is Ohio State's top goal scorer and ranks 16th nationally in goals per game (0.55 gpg.). Sophomore Dustin Carlson (13-3-0, 2.26 GAA, .925sv%) is the top goaltender with freshman Cal Heeter (2-1-0, 3.54 GAA, .897sv%) and junior Joseph Palmer (0-2-1, 5.40 GAA, .836sv%) serving as the backups. Carlson currently is listed 17th among the national statistical leaders in save percentage while ranking 24th in goals-against average. OSU ranks third nationally in scoring offense (3.73 gpg.) and is 29th in scoring defense (2.73 gpg.).
2008-09 CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was chosen sixth in the 2008-09 CCHA Coaches Poll with 84 points and was tabbed the same placing by the media with a 529 points total. Both the preseason CCHA Coaches and Media Polls were announced Sept. 30, 2008 during the CCHA's annual media day event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Notre Dame (128 points) was the favorite in the coaches poll and second (915 points) in the media poll as the Fighting Irish finished national runner up for the 2007-08 national championship. Michigan, which captured both the 2007-08 CCHA Regular Season and CCHA Tournament titles, earned a league-best 945 points with 43 first-place votes in the media balloting. A record 83 media members ranked the 12 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, but were excluded from ranking their own team.
On The Radio: All of Ferris State's 2008-09 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 2008-09 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 2008-09 Schedule/Results. GameTracker is a service of Online College Sports and is a real time update of the action. If the GameTracker logo 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.
Hat Trick – Sophomore left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) registered his first collegiate hat trick with a three-goal output in last Saturday’s (1/10) 4-2 league victory at Western Michigan. Embach recorded the game-winning tally on a third-period power-play lamplighter and was selected as the Perani Cup’s First Star of the Game. Embach’s six points (4-2=6) in 19 games this season is one shy of matching his seven points (1-6=7) in 25 contests a season ago.
Embach Nets CCHA Weekly Honor – Mike Embach was named the CCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week this week (1/12) for his performance in last weekend’s (1/9-10) home-and-home league series split with Western Michigan. Embach accounted for four of the Bulldogs’ five goals in the two-game set, which included a hat trick in the series finale win at Western Michigan last Saturday (1/10). He’s the third Bulldog skater this season to receive weekly league recognition, joining sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) and freshman defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville). Redmond earned CCHA’s Defenseman of the Week laurels (10/27) while Billins garnered league Rookie of the Week accolades (12/15).
Did You Know? – Ferris State’s 16 league points (7-7-2 CCHA) thru its initial 16 CCHA games this season is one point ahead of last season’s 15 league points total (7-8-1 CCHA) following the Bulldogs’ first 16 conference contests.
Versus Ranked Teams – The Bulldogs are 1-2-1 (.375) against nationally-ranked teams this season, which includes a 0-2-0 (.000) home ledger. Ferris State skated to a tie (2-2) and win (2-1) at eighth-ranked Miami (11/7-8) before suffering a pair of home losses (3-1 and 1-0) to number-one ranked Notre Dame (12/5-6).
Opponents Seeing Red – Zach Redmond’s team-high 15 assists in 24 contests this campaign marks a career single-season best, bettering his 13 helpers in 37 games a season ago. Redmond, who has 16 points (1-15=16) in 24 outings this campaign, is three shy of matching his 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 2007-08 season matchups.
Paying The Bills – Chad Billins’ three assists at Western Michigan last Saturday (1/10) was a season high, surpassing his two helpers at Robert Morris earlier this campaign (10/17). Billins presently is the Bulldogs’ top rookie points producer with 11 points (2-9=11) in 22 games.
Case Unlocked – Senior defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe) snapped a 49-game non-goal scoring streak with a power-play marker in the third period of last Saturday’s (1/10) 4-2 decision at Western Michigan. Prior to the tally, Case hadn’t recorded a lamplighter since last season (11/30) when he netted a pair of goals in a 4-0 home league triumph over the Broncos.
Making A Point – Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) has notched at least a point in five of his last six outings while accumulating eight points (3-5=8) in the six-game span. The Bulldog forward is midst a three-game point streak (0-4=4) and his two assists at Western Michigan (1/10) equals a previous career game-high set against Nebraska-Omaha (1/20/07). Couturier’s 12 points (6-6=12) in 21 outings this season exceeds his 2007-08 season’s output of 11 points (5-6=11) in 25 appearances.
Fit To Be Tied – Ferris State is undefeated in its last 12 overtime games (3-0-9) and hasn’t lost an extra-session encounter since Feb. 9, 2007 at Michigan State (2-1). FSU is 2-0-3 at home and 1-0-5 on the road in such outings during the 12-game span. The Bulldogs are 0-0-4 in overtime contests this season with their most recent deadlock coming against Colgate (1/3) in the consolation game of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup.
Close Encounters – Nineteen of Ferris State’s 24 games to date this season have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs posting a 7-8-4 record in those games. Seventeen of the last 18 FSU outings have been determined by two goals or less as Ferris is 7-7-2 in such encounters.
Mighty Casey – Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) has generated a team fifth-most 13 points (5-8=13) in 24 games this season compared to six points (2-4=6) in 18 contests a season ago following FSU’s initial 24 encounters. In 88 career outings, Haines has totaled 26 points (12-14=26) with one half coming during the current 2008-09 campaign.
A Season’s Comparison – Ferris State has scored 66 goals in its initial 24 contests this campaign after totaling 64 last season over the 24-game period. The Bulldogs have allowed 64 markers this season compared to 57 lamplighters a season ago. FSU is averaging 32.4 shots per game (778 total shots) this campaign compared to 34.1 shots an outing (818 total shots) last season.
Scoring Leaders – Ferris State has nine skaters with double-figure points totals this season, led by senior left wing Brendan Connolly’s (Canmore, Alberta) 17 points (5-12=17) in 21 games. The nine individuals have combined to produce 69.7% (122-175) of the squad’s points production and 65.2% (43-66) of the Bulldogs’ goal-scoring output.
Midseason Kudos – Zach Redmond was recently selected to the Inside College Hockey.com’s First Half All-CCHA Team in its 2008-09 CCHA Midseason Review. Redmond was tabbed as the CCHA’s Defenseman of the Week earlier this season (10/27) and was a 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team selection.
Successful Season – Ferris State’s 18 victories (18-15-5 overall) for the 2007-08 season not only exceeds its win total of the previous 2006-07 campaign (14-22-3 overall), but surpasses the 17-win total (17-15-8 overall) in the 2005-06 season which is the Bulldogs’ most successful season since the historic 2002-03 season. Ferris has won at least 10 games per campaign for 30 straight seasons to date. The 1999-00 squad compiled a 21-16-2 overall mark.
Taking The Fifth – Ferris State’s fifth-place CCHA finish last season (12-12-4 CCHA - 28 league points) represented the program’s highest placing since the 2002-03 CCHA regular-season championship season in which the Bulldogs were 22-5-1 in the CCHA (45 league points). Besides the 2002-03 campaign, the 1990-91 squad finished with a third-place 15-12-5 league mark (35 league points). The 2007-08 squad bettered the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points (10-11-7 CCHA).
Home Improvement – The Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena, presently in its 34th season of operation, underwent a 3.3 million dollar renovation project this past summer. Renovations included new rink slabs for both the main and half ice sheets along with new dasher boards and installation of tempered glass panels. Locker room renovations, new lighting along with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment were installed.
Returning Firepower – Ferris State returns 14 of its top 15 points leaders from last season, including junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), who had a career-high and squad-best 30 points (11-19=30) in 39 games a season ago. Overall, the Bulldogs welcome back 88.9% (97-109) of their goal-scoring output and 80.6% (224-278) of their points production from last season.
Talented Defender – Zach Redmond, a 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Team pick and FSU’s 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award winner, led all Bulldog defensemen in scoring last season with 19 points (6-13=19) in 37 contests. He placed sixth in team scoring and produced the second-highest points total among Ferris’ freshmen a season ago. Redmond, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 184th overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers, attained honorable mention honors on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.
2008-09 Captains – For the first time in three seasons, Ferris State will have a different skater wearing the captain’s ‘C’ this campaign. Junior right wing-center Cody Chupp, who was an assistant captain on last season’s squad, replaces three-time team captain Adam Welch. Zach Redmond along with junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) will serve as the Bulldogs’ assistant captains this season.
Impressive Frosh Class – The Bulldogs’ freshman class is ranked 15th in the nation by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH). INCH compiled its 2008 recruiting rankings with extensive input from college and junior coaches along with professional scouts. Individually, goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) and goaltender Pat Nagle were all named to the 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team. Center Aaron Lewicki was FSU’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative and Bob Daniels was among three finalists for the CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
2008-09 Yearbook Available Online: The 2008-09 Ferris State University Men's Ice Hockey Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 84-page publication features such information as 2008-09 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2007-08 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports to find the publication online.