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Weekly Notes Games 33-34: Ferris State vs. Michigan

February 26, 2008

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    FSU Hockey FSU Hockey At A Glance: A pair of nationally-ranked in-state teams will square off this weekend (Feb. 29-March 1) as the 20th-ranked Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team faces the nation's top-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) home-and-home series. The 2007-08 regular-season finale series gets underway this Friday (Feb. 29) as the Bulldogs face the Wolverines in a 7:35 p.m. (EST) contest at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ferris State then hosts Michigan in this Saturday's (March 1) series finale at the puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. (EST) in FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

    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 listed 20th nationally in this week’s (Feb. 24) Inside College Hockey.com’s (INCH) poll after being ranked 19th last week, sports a 14-13-5 overall mark and is 11-11-4 in the CCHA after splitting a two-game league series with Bowling Green State last weekend (Feb. 22-23) at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Bulldogs skated to a 2-1 win in last Friday's (Feb. 22) opener before the host Falcons rallied to notch a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph in Saturday's (Feb. 23) rematch and snap Ferris' six-game (4-0-2) unbeaten streak. Ferris State has compiled a 7-7-2 road mark while producing a 6-6-3 home record, and a 1-0-0 mark at neutral sites this campaign. The Bulldogs are listed for the second consecutive week among other teams receiving votes in the 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.

    Michigan improved to 26-4-4 overall and 19-3-4 in the CCHA with a 5-2 league victory over nationally-ranked Michigan State last Saturday (Feb. 23) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The Wolverines, who are ranked first nationally this week by Inside College Hockey.com (INCH), U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, lost a 5-2 league decision to the Spartans last Friday (Feb. 22) at MSU’s Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The Wolverines are 12-2-2 at home, 9-1-2 on the road, and 5-1-0 at neutral sites this season. Michigan finished 26-14-1 overall with a second-place 18-9-1 mark in the CCHA last season as the Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Tournament a record 17 consecutive time.

    The All-Time Series: The two teams will be meeting for the 88th and 89th times this weekend in a series which Michigan leads 58-26-3 and originated back in the 1981-82 season. Ferris State is 10-34-0 on the road, 16-22-2 at home, and 0-2-1 at neutral sites against Michigan. The Wolverines have won the past six contests, which included a four-game sweep last season (11/17-18 and 1/26-27). UM claimed 3-2 and 5-1 victories over the Bulldogs in Big Rapids (11/17-18) and then registered a two-game (1/26-27) home sweep with 9-4 and 6-2 wins at Ann Arbor. Ferris State is 8-27-2 (.243) against Michigan in the last 37 meetings between the two teams – 4-18-0 on the road, 4-8-1 at home, and 0-1-1 at neutral sites. Ferris is averaging 2.57 goals per game (95 total) to Michigan’s 4.59 average (170 total) for a 4.59 goals differential during the 37-game period. Eight of the last 14 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Ferris State is 4-3-1 in those contests. FSU is 2-11-0 (.154) in its last 13 appearances at Michigan and has dropped its last four outings to date. The Bulldogs are 2-2-1 (.500) in their last five home appearances versus the Wolverines with four of those games being determined by one goal or less. Ferris State has posted an 8-6-1 record (3-3-0 on the road) in February encounters against UM and sports a 1-6-0 mark (0-0-0 at home) in March matchups.

    The Coaches: Ferris StateBob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 16th season, 253-299-56 (.462) – (10-32-2 vs. Michigan - 4-19-0 Away; 6-11-1 Home; 0-2-1 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.

    MichiganGordon "Red" Berenson (Michigan, 1962), 24th season, 637-296-68 (.670) – (54-21-2 vs. Ferris State). Berenson is UM’s all-time winningest coach and currently ranks eighth place on college hockey’s coaching wins list. Berenson, who’s one of eight head coaches in college hockey history to compile 600 wins, coached his 1,000th game last Friday (Feb. 22) at Michigan State.

    About Michigan: Senior forwards Kevin Porter (25-26=51) and Chad Kolarik (24-19=43) lead 14 skaters in double-digit points. Porter, a 2006-07 All-CCHA Second-Team selection, ranks second nationally in points per game (1.50) and is fourth in goals (0.74) while Kolarik is third in goals (0.75) and is listed seventh in points (1.34). The Wolverines boast the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense (3.85) and are fourth nationally in scoring defense (2.03). Junior Billy Sauer (23-4-3, 1.96 GAA, .925sv%) is the Wolverines’ primary goaltender. He ranks fifth among the national leaders in goals-against average (1.96) and is ninth in save percentage (.925).

    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.

    Well Done – Ferris State’s 26 league points (11-11-4 CCHA) to date in 26 games this season exceeds last season’s 22 league points (10-16-2) in 28 league encounters. The Bulldogs are one point shy of matching the 2005-06 team’s sixth-place tying 27 league points total (10-11-7).

    Equaled – The Bulldogs equaled last season’s 14-win total (14-22-3 overall) as FSU’s current 14 victories this season (13-12-5 overall) marks the 30th consecutive year in which the program has won at least 10 games per campaign.

    Regular-Season Finale Series – Ferris State is 23-29-4 (.446) all-time in its final two regular-season appearances, which includes an 8-9-1 ledger (.472) since the 1998-99 campaign. The Bulldogs split their 2006-07 regular-season finale series (2/23-24) at nationally top-ranked Notre Dame, winning 5-2 in the opener before being dealt a 2-0 loss in the finale.

    Streak Ends – FSU had its season-high six-game (4-0-2) unbeaten streak snapped with Saturday’s (2/23) 2-1 loss at Bowling Green. The streak was Ferris’ longest since the 2003-04 season (11/28-1/2) when the Bulldogs compiled an eight-game unbeaten string (6-0-2). In the last seven games, sophomore forwards Blair Riley (3-4=7) and Cody Chupp (3-3=6) lead the Bulldogs in scoring.

    One Of The Best – Junior goaltender Mitch O’Keefe (Almonte, Ontario) currently ranks second in goals-against average (2.68) among FSU’s all-time leaders while tying for second in shutouts (six), third in save percentage (.902), fifth in minutes played (4,760), sixth in both saves (1,967) and games played (81), and tied for seventh in victories (28). O’Keefe is the school’s all-time record holder for career ties (15).

    Versus Ranked Teams – The Bulldogs are 4-3-1 (.563) versus nationally-ranked teams this season, which includes a 3-2-0 (.600) home ledger. FSU swept then number-two ranked Miami (Ohio) two weeks ago (2/15-16) in a two-game home set (6-5 and 3-1).

    Sidelined – 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 two points (0-2=2) in 25 games this season.

    Senior Night 2008 – The Bulldogs will honor seven individuals prior to this Saturday’s (3/1) regular-season home finale versus Michigan. Forwards Adam Miller and Matt Frank, defensemen Adam Welch, Alex Spezia and Jim Jorgensen, and goaltenders Derek MacIntyre and Mitch O’Keefe will all be recognized in the annual pre-game ceremony. Frank is a fourth-year junior while O’Keefe has exhausted his eligibility.

    Home Ice Clinched – With its 2-1 win at Bowling Green State last Friday (2/22), Ferris State has secured a home ice berth for the opening round of the 2008 CCHA Playoffs. The last time FSU gained home ice was in the 2005-06 season (3/3-4) when the Bulldogs swept Ohio State (3-0 and 2-1) in the best two-of-three first-round series at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State then suffered a two-game sweep at Michigan (3/10-11) in the CCHA Quarterfinals.

    A Comparison – Ferris State has netted 86 goals in its initial 32 outings this season while allowing only 75 markers. A season ago after 32 games, FSU tallied 86 goals while giving up a 109 total. The Bulldogs’ most productive offensive period this campaign has occurred in the second frame (31-to-20).



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