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Date/Time: Friday-Saturday (Nov. 14-15) at Omaha, Nebraska; Friday & Saturday - 8:05 p.m. (EST)
Gametracker Links: Friday; Saturday
Radio Broadcast: WWBR-100.9 FM with Bill Beckwith calling the action. Listen
Television: No TV
Live Video Webcast: B2 Networks
FSU Hockey At A Glance: The 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, which received mention this week in all three major college hockey polls, wraps up its two-week Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) road swing this weekend (Nov. 14-15) as the Bulldogs take on the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a two-game series at Omaha, Neb. Both contests are scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (EST) starting times at the Qwest Center Omaha. The two teams will square off again in 2009 when UNO pays a visit to Ferris State on Jan. 30-31 for a pair of league outings.
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.
The Records: Ferris State improved to 4-3-3 overall and 3-1-2-0 in the CCHA this season as a result of posting a tie and a win against nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio) last weekend (Nov. 7-8) at MU’s Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio The Bulldogs registered a 2-2 overtime tie versus the RedHawks before losing a 1-0 shootout in last Friday's (11/7) series opener, but then posted a 2-1 victory in Saturday's (11/8) finale. This week (11/10), Ferris State is listed among other teams receiving votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Bulldogs, who received mention in this week’s (11/9) Inside College Hockey.com poll, are presently 1-1-3 in away outings 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 currently 6-1-1 overall and 2-1-1-1 in the CCHA this season after skating to a 2-2 overtime tie against Western Michigan last Friday (11/7) at WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Mavericks, who are off to their best start in the program’s history, prevailed 2-0 in a shootout versus the Broncos in the opener of the CCHA two-game set. UNO then registered a 5-2 decision over WMU in Saturday’s (11/8) series finale. The Mavericks are ranked 16th nationally this week (11/9) by Inside College Hockey.com. UNO is among others receiving votes in both the U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 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 and Nebraska-Omaha will square off for the 23rd and 24th times this weekend in a series which the Mavericks hold a 13-7-2 lead. FSU presently has generated a 3-6-1 record in its last 10 contests versus UNO. The Bulldogs are 3-7-0 on the road against Nebraska-Omaha in the all-time series, which originated in the 1999-00 season. Ferris State split a two-game series with UNO last season (11/16 and 11/18), winning 5-1 in the series opener (11/16) before suffering a 2-0 setback to the Mavericks in the finale (11/18). FSU is 1-4-0 (.200) in its last five outings at Omaha with the Bulldogs averaging 2.2 goals (11 total) to the Mavericks’ 3.8 goals (19 total) an outing during that span. To date, 12 of the last 15 series meetings have been decided by three goals or more and the Bulldogs are 7-5-0 in those outings. Ferris State sports a 3-3-0 mark in November encounters, which includes a 2-2-0 road ledger.
The Coaches: Ferris State – Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 17th season, 261-305-59 (.465) – (7-13-2 vs. Nebraska-Omaha – 3-7-0 Away, 4-6-2 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. He was one of three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA's Coach of the Year Award.
Nebraska-Omaha – Mike Kemp (Gustavus Adolphus, 1975), 12th season, 185-207-50 (.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.
About Nebraska-Omaha: Junior defenseman Eddie DelGrosso has posted a team-high 11 points (1-10=11) in eight games this season while senior forward Dan Charleston’s eight points (4-4=8) ranks second on the squad. DelGrosso is 21st nationally in points per game (1.38 avg.). Senior Jerad Kaufman (3-0-0, 1.96 GAA, .931sv%) and junior Jeremie Dupont (2-1-1, 1.72 GAA, .935sv%) have both received action in goal this season. Dupont is 12th nationally in goals-against average and is tied for 15th in save percentage. UNO is ninth in both scoring offense (3.50 avg.) and scoring defense (1.88 avg.) among the national statistical leaders.
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.
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).
On The Road – Ferris State is averaging 2.4 goals per game (12 total) in five road outings this season while the opposition has averaged 2.8 lamplighters an outing (14 total). The Bulldogs hold a 156-to-134 advantage in shots and are averaging 31.2 shots a contest to their opponent’s 26.8 shots per game average.
Close Encounters – Ferris State’s last four contests have been decided by one goal or less with the Bulldogs having a 2-1-1 ledger in those outings. Six of FSU’s 10 games this campaign have been determined by a goal or less.
Haines Shorts – Junior center Casey Haines’ (Indiana, Pa.) last two goals have been shorthanded ones, including the deciding goal in last Saturday’s (11/8) 2-1 win at Miami (Ohio). Haines netted his first career shortie in a 3-2 win over Western Michigan earlier this season (10/25). Haines’ five points (3-2=5)?in 10 games this season is three shy from equalling his career single-season high eight points (4-4=8) in 33 outings a season ago.
Season High – Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) registered a season-high 30 saves in last Saturday’s (11/8) victory at Miami (Ohio) and has turned aside at least 25 shots in his last four appearances. Nagle, who posted a career high of 36 saves in the Bulldogs’ 3-1 home win against the RedHawks last season (2/16), is averaging 28.5 stops per outing (114 total) in his last four contests. Prior to last Saturday’s (11/8) tilt, Nagle’s season best was 29 saves apiece in back-to-back appearances against Western Michigan (10/25) and Lake Superior State (10/31).
Points Streak – Senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) extended his point streak to four games to date with an assist in last Friday’s (11/7) 2-2 overtime tie at Miami (Ohio) and then tallied the first goal in Saturday’s (11/8) matchup with the RedHawks. Lewandowski has generated at least a point in six of his nine games this campaign.
Then and Now – The Bulldogs have scored 29 goals in their initial 10 games this season (2.9 avg.) compared to 26 markers (2.6 avg.) a season ago. Conversely, the opposition has tallied 28 lamplighters (2.8 avg.) after chalking up 24 goals a game (2.4 avg.) last season. FSU sports a 4-3-3 record in its first 10 contests this season after compiling a 4-5-1 ledger a season ago at this time.
Louie’s Lamplighters – Junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has totaled five (4-1=5) of his seven points (5-2=7) points in six league affairs this season. Lewicki has exceeded his last season’s total of four goals in 39 games. He netted a career season-high nine lamplighters in 32 games as a freshman in the 2006-07 campaign.
Quick Starters – Ferris State has scored 48.3% (14-29) of its goals this season in the opening 20 minutes of a contest. In the first period, the Bulldogs have outshot their opponent by a 121-to-87 margin and are averaging 12.1 shots a game to date this season.
Steady Performer – Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) has registered a team-high tying eight points (2-6=8) in nine outings this season. A season ago in his first 10 outings, Connolly produced a squad-best seven points (3-4=7).
Effective Specialty Teams – The Bulldogs are operating at 94.1% efficiency (32-34) on the penalty kill during their last six games and haven’t allowed a power-play goal in four of those contests. In its first four outings this season, Ferris was at 68.6% efficiency (24-35) in penalty kill efficiency.
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.
Seeing Red – Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), 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. 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 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 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.