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Weekly Notes Games 29-30: Miami (Ohio) at Ferris State

February 11, 2008

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team will go up against a nationally-ranked Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) opponent for the second consecutive week as the Bulldogs host the second-ranked Miami University RedHawks this weekend (Feb. 15-16) in a two-game series at Big Rapids, Mich. The two contests, which will be held at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena, are both scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoffs.

    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.

    Meijer Family Night: This Friday's (Feb. 15) home contest versus Miami (Ohio) represents the final Meijer Family Hockey Night promotional game of the 2007-08 season. Meijer Family Hockey Night 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. A Meijer Goodie Bag giveaway drawing will be held during each 2007-08 family hockey night game.

    The Records: Ferris State is 11-12-5 overall and 8-10-4 in the CCHA after producing a 1-0-1 mark against then nationally eighth-ranked Notre Dame last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at UND’s Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Ferris claimed a 5-3 triumph over the nationally eighth-ranked Fighting Irish in last Friday's (Feb. 8) series opener and then skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in Saturday's (Feb. 9) rematch. The Bulldogs are 1-3-3 in their last seven encounters to date. Ferris State is sports a 4-6-3 home mark and is 6-6-2 on the road this campaign. 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.

    Miami (Ohio) is 25-4-1 overall and 17-4-1 in CCHA play to date as a result of producing a 0-1-1 league home mark versus nationally-ranked Michigan last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at MU’s Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks suffered a 4-2 loss to the Wolverines last Friday (Feb. 8) to end their seven-game winning streak and then notched a come-from-behind 5-5 overtime tie against Michigan in last Saturday’s (Feb. 9) weekend series finale. Miami, which is 13-1-0 in away outings this season, are ranked second in the nation this week in all three major college hockey polls – Inside College Hockey.com (INCH), U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. Miami registered a 24-14-4 overall record and a third-place 16-8-4 CCHA mark for the 2006-07 season. The RedHawks competed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years a season ago and achieved their first-ever win in the tourney with a 2-1 first-round triumph over New Hampshire.

    The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Miami (Ohio) will square off for the 90th and 91st times this weekend in a series which dates back to the 1979-80 season. Miami presently holds a 41-36-12 advantage in the all-time series and is 18-17-8 on the road versus the Bulldogs. The RedHawks have won the last six outings, which includes a pair of home victories (5-3 and 7-2) a season ago (12/1-2) in Oxford, Ohio. Ferris State is 2-8-0 (.200) in its last 10 home appearances versus Miami and is averaging 2.50 goals per game to the RedHawks' 3.70 goals a contest. Twenty of the last 24 meetings have been determined by two goals or less and eight of the last 16 by one goal or less. The Bulldogs sport a 6-11-3 mark (.375) in those 20 encounters. FSU is 7-8-0 all-time in February contests against Miami, which includes a 5-2-0 home record.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 250-298-56 (.460) – (13-25-6 vs. Miami - 7-11-3 Home; 6-14-2 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.

    Miami (Ohio)Enrico Blasi (Miami, 1994), 9th season, 179-134-28 (.566) – (13-5-2 vs. Ferris State). Blasi was the recipient of the 2006 Spencer Penrose Award as the AHCA’s Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year and is a three-time winner of the CCHA’s Coach of the Year.

    About Miami (Ohio): Senior forward Ryan Jones (24-13=37), who ranks fourth nationally in goals per game (0.80 avg.), leads 12 RedHawk skaters with double-figure points totals. Freshman forward Carter Camper (13-20=33) and junior forward Justin Mercier (20-11=31) are also among the top points leaders. Jones is 15th nationally in points per game (1.23) while Camper is 16th (1.22). Junior goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (20-4-1, 1.74 GAA, .929sv%) is second among the nation’s leaders in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Miami is first nationally in scoring offense (4.33) and scoring defense (1.73).

    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.

    What Lies Ahead – The Bulldogs’ remaining six regular-season games are against opponents with a combined league record of 44-17-5 (.705) with all three teams currently ahead of them in the CCHA standings. Three of those final final six contests are on the road.

    Congrats! – Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels earned his 250th career coaching win with last Friday’s (2/8) 5-3 victory at Notre Dame. Daniels, who’s the sixth head coach in FSU’s history, is the program’s all-time winningest coach.

    Close Encounters – Five of the last six Ferris State contests have been determined by one goal or less with the Bulldogs compiling a 0-2-3 (.300) mark in those outings. FSU has been involved in 13 one goal or less games this season and is 3-5-5 (.423) in such contests.

    Getting Close – Ferris State is three victories away from matching last season’s 14-win total (14-22-3 overall) as the Bulldogs’ current 11 victories this season (11-12-5) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.

    Just About There – The Bulldogs, who have totaled 20 league points (8-10-4 CCHA mark) in 22 CCHA tilts this season, are two shy of matching last season’s 22 points output (10-16-2 CCHA).

    Streak Ends – Ferris State had outshot its opponent in the last 11 games before having its streak snapped as Notre Dame outshots the Bulldogs 35-to-29 in last Saturday’s (2/9) contest. FSU is averaging 36.7 shots on goal (440 total) per outing during that span.

    Lending A Helping Hand – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) notched his fourth assist of this season with a helper at Notre Dame (2/8). O’Keefe has recorded an assist this campaign on three prior occasions – at Ohio State (11/4), vs. Michigan State (12/7), and vs. Western Michigan (1/26).

    Moving Up The ChartMitch O’Keefe moved into a tie for ninth place among Ferris’ all-time victories leaders by notching his 27th career win with last Friday’s triumph at Notre Dame. O’Keefe, who has amassed a 27-36-15 career mark in 79 appearances, is presently tied with current Miami assistant coach Jeff Blashill (1994-98) for ninth. O’Keefe, the 2005-06 FSU Rookie of the Year, is now one win shy from tying Ted Ykema (1978-81) and Pat Mazzoli (1990-93) for seventh place. O’Keefe is already the school’s record holder for most career ties with 15 total.

    Miller Time – Senior center Adam Miller (Livonia) has produced six points (2-4=6) in his last eight outings and has recorded at least a point in six of those contests. Miller, who recorded a helper in last Friday’s (2/8) game at Notre Dame, has racked up 17 points (5-12=17) in 28 games this season after generating 15 points (9-6=15) in 31 outings in the 2006-07 campaign. Miller is five points shy of matching his career single-season best 22 points (10-12=22) set in 40 games as a sophomore (2005-06 season). He garnered a month-best eight points (6-2=8) in as many games last February.

    Another Contributor – Freshman right wing Todd Pococke (Saginaw) became the 20th skater on the team to record a lamplighter as he produced the game winner in last Friday’s (2/8) contest on his first collegiate tally. Ferris’ rookie class has accounted for 27.0% (20-74)?of the squad’s goal-scoring production this campaign as all but one of the seven freshmen has netted a marker.

    Impressive Short Game – The Bulldogs have totaled six short-handed goals in 28 games this season while limiting the opposition to one short. A season ago at this time, FSU had tallied two short-handed markers while its opponent had generated seven total in penalty-kill situations.



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