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Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Jan. 30-31) at Big Rapids, Michigan; Friday & Saturday - 7:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with play-by-play announcer Bill Beckwith. Listen
Television: Ferris TV (Jan. 30 game only - tape delayed)
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will close out the January portion of its 2008-09 season schedule this weekend (Jan. 30-31) as the Bulldogs host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a pair of Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) matchups at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The puck will drop for each contest at 7:05 p.m. (EST). The two teams, which met earlier this season (Nov. 11-15) in Omaha, Neb., will square off for the final times of the 2008-09 regular-season campaign this weekend.
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 Friday's (Jan. 30) home outing against Nebraska-Omaha represents the final Meijer Family Hockey Night promotional game for the 2008-09 regular season. 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 10-11-5 overall and 7-8-3-0 in the CCHA this season after posting a 0-1-1 mark against nationally-ranked Ohio State two weeks ago (Jan. 16-17) in a two-game CCHA series at FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Buckeyes in the opener (Jan. 16). Ferris State skated to a 2-2 overtime deadlock against OSU in the series finale (Jan. 17), but lost 1-0 in the shootout. FSU sports a 5-8-1 home mark 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).
Nebraska-Omaha is presently 13-9-5 overall with an 8-7-5-3 CCHA ledger this season following a 0-1-1 league series performance versus nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Jan. 23-24) at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The Mavericks recorded a 2-2 overtime tie against the RedHawks in last Friday’s (Jan. 23) opener and then won 3-2 in the shootout. Miami would claim the series finale on Saturday (Jan. 24) with a 6-1 triumph over UNO. Nebraska-Omaha, which is 5-6-2 in away outings this season, is listed among teams receiving votes in this week’s (Jan. 26) U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and Inside College Hockey.com’s polls. Nebraska-Omaha compiled a 17-19-4 overall mark, which included an eighth-place 11-13-4 CCHA mark last season.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State's two-game series against Nebraska-Omaha this weekend will mark the 25th and 26th meetings between the two teams with the Mavericks having a 14-8-2 series lead. The Bulldogs have compiled a 4-7-1 record in their last 12 contests versus the Mavericks while the outcome in eight of the last nine matchups have been determined by two goals or more. FSU is 4-6-2 in home encounters against UNO in the series, which began in the 1999-00 campaign. The teams split this season's earlier series (11/14-15) at Omaha, Neb., with the Bulldogs prevailing 3-2 in the series opener (11/14). The Mavericks would counter in the finale (11/15) by registering a 4-2 triumph. In the series, FSU is averaging 2.96 goals per game (71 total) to Nebraska-Omaha’s 3.33 average (80 total) for a 0.37 goals differential. Nine of the 12 Ferris State home contests in the series have been determined by two goals or more with the Bulldogs tallying a 4-5-0 mark in those outings. FSU has amassed a 2-4-2 record in January games, which includes a 1-3-2 home ledger.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 267-313-61 (.464) – (8-14-2 vs. Nebraska-Omaha – 4-6-2 Home, 4-8-0 Away, 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. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Nebraska-Omaha – Mike Kemp (Gustavus Adolphus, 1975), 12th season, 192-215-54 (.475) – (13-7-2 vs. Ferris State). Kemp, who was named the 2004-05 CCHA Coach of the Year, has been the only head coach in the program’s 12-year history. He was a finalist for both the CCHA Coach of the Year and the Spencer Penrose Trophy for National Coach of the Year honors in 1999-00. Kemp was a finalist for national coaching honors in three of his first eight seasons at UNO. In 2005-06, he directed the Mavericks to their first-ever NCAA Tourney berth.
Scouting Nebraska-Omaha: Junior defenseman Eddie DelGrosso’s 25 points (5-20=25) leads the Mavericks while senior forward Dan Charleston (9-14=23) and senior forward Tomas Klempa (12-8=20) are also among the team’s top points getters. Senior Jerad Kaufman (7-5-2, 2.31 GAA, .916sv%) and junior Jeremie Dupont (6-4-3, 2.11 GAA, .928sv%) are UNO’s netminders. The Mavs are listed 31st nationally in scoring offense (2.85 gpg.) while ranking 10th in both scoring defense (2.30 gpg.) and penalty killing (87.7).
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.
Heating Up – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has totaled six points (2-4=6) in his last five outings and is in the midst of a three-game point streak after tallying a goal each game in the Bulldogs’ series against Ohio State two weeks ago (1/16-17).
Season High – Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson’s (Regina, Saskatchewan) 35 saves versus Ohio State in the series finale (1/17) represents a season high, eclipsing his 31 stops at Miami earlier this campaign (11/7). Nelson has turned away 20 or more shots by the opposition in a game seven times this season to date.
Top Line – Junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia), sophomore center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan), and junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) have been Ferris State’s top forward line on 12 occasions this season. The Bulldogs are 6-4-2 overall and 5-4-2 in league matchups this campaign when the trio have occupied the team’s top forward line.
Got A Second – Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) has presently generated seven (4-3=7) second-period points in 26 outings this campaign after producing a second-period lamplighter in a 2-2 overtime tie against Ohio State (1/17). Last season in 33 games, Haines chalked up three points (1-2=3) in the second frame.
Opponents See Red – Zach Redmond’s team-high 15 assists in 26 contests this campaign marks a career single-season best, bettering his 13 helpers in 37 games a season ago. Redmond, who has 18 points (3-15=18) in 26 outings this campaign, is one point shy of matching his 19 points (6-13=19) total in 37 2007-08 season matchups. Redmond tallied a first-period power-play marker against Ohio State in the series opener (1/16) and then netted the game-tying lamplighter in the series finale (1/17) by scoring with 57 seconds left in regulation during an extra-attacker situation.
Shootouts – Ferris State was involved in its fourth shootout of the 2008-09 campaign against Ohio State (1/17) as the Bulldogs fell 1-0 to the Buckeyes in what marked the first shootout on FSU’s ice this season. Ferris State is currently 1-3-0 in shootouts this campaign – losing 1-0 at Western Michigan (10/24) and Miami (11/7) while winning 2-1 versus Colgate (1/3) in the third-place game of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt.
Good To Be Home – Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) has garnered six points (3-3=6) in Ferris State’s last five home outings which represents all of his points in 14 home outings this season. A season ago, Couturier accumulated seven points (3-4=7) in 13 home appearances.
Pack The Bags – Following this weekend’s home series (1/30-31) against Nebraska-Omaha, Ferris State will have only two regular-season home dates remaining on its 2008-09 schedule. FSU hosts Michigan State (2/7) and Michigan (2/27) in its lone February home appearances.
Sweet Sixteen – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 83 saves away from moving into a 16th-place tie among Ferris State’s all-time saves leaders. Nagle, who has presently compiled 793 career saves in 33 outings, would tie Norm Young’s (1982-85) 876 career saves total for 16th place. Nagle’s 14 career wins currently represents the 16th highest total in FSU history and is one shy of tying Derek MacIntyre’s (2004-08) 15th-place 15 career victories.
Fit To Be Tied – Ferris State is undefeated in its last 13 overtime games (3-0-10) and hasn’t lost an extra-session encounter since Feb. 9, 2007 at Michigan State (2-1). FSU is 2-0-4 at home and 1-0-5 on the road in such outings during the 12-game span. The Bulldogs are 0-0-5 in overtime contests this season with their most recent deadlock coming at home against nationally-ranked Ohio State (1/17) in a weekend league series finale tilt.
Close Encounters – Twenty of Ferris State’s 26 games to date this season have been decided by two goals or less with the Bulldogs posting a 7-8-5 record in those games. Eighteen of the last 20 FSU outings have been determined by two goals or less as Ferris is 7-7-3 in such encounters.
Right On Track – Ferris State’s 17 league points (7-8-3-0 CCHA – 2-7-1 home) in its initial 18 CCHA contests this season is one point more than the Bulldogs produced a season ago at this time. FSU totaled 16 league points (7-9-2 CCHA – 3-6-2 home) following the team’s first 18 conference encounters last season and would go to finish fifth place in the CCHA with 28 league points (12-12-4 CCHA). ((.
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, 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 is rated the fourth-best incoming rookie netminder in the 2008 national rankings after sophomore Pat Nagle earned a fourth-place listing a season ago.
CCHA Honor Roll – Zach Redmond along with center Justin Menke 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.