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bigmrg74
09-28-2010, 02:24 AM
Really got to commend the FSU moving the Saturday start times to 7 pm. Now if one was so inclined, one could show up on October 23, to tailgate before the football game with GVSU at 2 pm, watch the football game, then go tailgate some more right before the Bulldogs take on the Buckeyes at 7 pm.

You could do the same thing on November 6 when MTU football, Miami Hockey come to town as well. :D

hockeytown100
09-28-2010, 02:24 PM
Anyone know anything about our third string goalie, Rob Granett? Had good junior numbers, but I'm not familiar with that Junior A league at all. Is he possibly our future after Nagle/Nelson, or is he more of a career 3rd stringer like Barber?

ShootSnipeScore
09-28-2010, 05:41 PM
Anyone know anything about our third string goalie, Rob Granett? Had good junior numbers, but I'm not familiar with that Junior A league at all. Is he possibly our future after Nagle/Nelson, or is he more of a career 3rd stringer like Barber?

He played in the NPHL also known as the NORPAC with the Yellowstone Quake, other teams in that league are Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. Its a Tier 3 Jr. A league so basically a Jr. B league which pumps out alot of Div 3 players while most guys will move up to higher Jr. Levels if not aged out. All this considered I would say its more likely that he will be another Jordan Barber.

hockeytown100
09-28-2010, 09:09 PM
He played in the NPHL also known as the NORPAC with the Yellowstone Quake, other teams in that league are Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. Its a Tier 3 Jr. A league so basically a Jr. B league which pumps out alot of Div 3 players while most guys will move up to higher Jr. Levels if not aged out. All this considered I would say its more likely that he will be another Jordan Barber.

Thanks for the info! Had to no clue about that Jr. A league so I was kind of expecting that.

ShootSnipeScore
09-28-2010, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the info! Had to no clue about that Jr. A league so I was kind of expecting that.

They do compete vs the Ej teams though at Nationals and in years past have done somewhat well, but compared to the real Jr. A leagues in the States such as the NA and USHL not comparable, however looking over some information i guess a few years back the Norpac all star team did beat Wenatchee, so i guess its either hit or miss.

JVC
09-28-2010, 10:25 PM
Some thoughts/predictions on the upcoming season:

*yes, the offense could struggle. However, I'm expecting a healthy amount of transition offense. We have defensemen with the skills to make some really good break out passes and I think that we will have the forwards with the speed and skill to finish (really hoping the sophmores step up here). Our struggle will be with puck possession in the offensive zone. If the team gets pinned in their own end for long periods of time it will cost them - no matter how good the defense and goal tending is.

*The PK - it was great last year, and much of that can be attributed to our defensemen - many of whom are returning. However, I also think alot of that success can be attributed to the great two way play of Chupp, Riley, and Haines (something that didn't show up much on the scoresheet). Riley especially, was a puck clearing beast at times last year. This year Menke is the only forward who jumps to mind as being a really solid penalty killer.

*The freshmen - You can't really know what you've got until the first game or so, but they seem to have extremely good size for forwards, and track records that suggest they can use it. Like Hammer alluded to - mobility is everything. I'm nervous and a bit skeptical on this count, but still very hopeful about the group.

*Penalties - Losing Riley and Chupp might not hurt as much as people think, due to all the penalties they racked up (what I refer to as the Conolly/Lewindowski Effect:D ). Discipline is always an issue with ferris teams. Not much else to say about that.

*Nice video Dom - keep um coming

Final Prediction: 5th place CCHA finish, with some time in the national rankings. The potential for another top three finish is there, albeit unlikely.

ShootSnipeScore
09-29-2010, 12:34 AM
Zach Redmond was named to the CCHA preseaon 1st team, while Goalie Pat Nagle was Named to the 2nd team.

I Want Shegos
09-29-2010, 11:48 AM
He played in the NPHL also known as the NORPAC with the Yellowstone Quake, other teams in that league are Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. Its a Tier 3 Jr. A league so basically a Jr. B league which pumps out alot of Div 3 players while most guys will move up to higher Jr. Levels if not aged out. All this considered I would say its more likely that he will be another Jordan Barber.

I think the important question is if he can match the hair and door-opening skills that Barber possessed.

But in all seriousness, FIRST HOME GAME SATURDAY OMG OMG OMG OMG! Can't wait, even if it is against the Ontario Institute of Technology.

tjhenning
09-30-2010, 09:03 PM
Along with Barber, I think Ferris is going to miss their all-star cast of statisticians in the press box this year.

DominicHennig
10-02-2010, 03:27 PM
Hey All,

Ferris State plays its first exhibition game tonight in Big Rapids against the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks. Here's the essentials:

Live Video and Audio Webcast (Fee - $7): http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=21&s=339&stype=Sports%20Hockey%20Men%27s

Live Box Score: http://www.collegehockeystats.net/1011/livebox/moitfsua.o02

Live Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/FerrisHockey

Radio Booth E-Mail Address: SportsRadio@Ferris.edu

Ferris State Hockey's Website: http://www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com/Sports/MIce

Go 'Dawgs and Enjoy!

Hammer
10-02-2010, 11:32 PM
*scratches head and makes strange faces*

Hmmmmmm...................

Huge shot totals? Check.
Low shot totals for the opposition? Check.
Low PIM totals. Check.
Top two goaltenders? Check.
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All right. I give. What happened?

Twitch Boy
10-03-2010, 02:50 AM
*scratches head and makes strange faces*

Hmmmmmm...................

Huge shot totals? Check.
Low shot totals for the opposition? Check.
Low PIM totals. Check.
Top two goaltenders? Check.
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All right. I give. What happened?

Hot goalie? Crappy slappers from the blue line all game?

totalx
10-03-2010, 03:19 AM
Remember, practice just started for them today prior to the game. They've been allowed some 'skill' and conditioning sessions, but I don't think it's unusual to be a little sloppy against teams that have already had several (I think OTI had 4 exhibition games already?) games under their belt.

I thought most of the freshmen looked good. Passes were a bit forced at times and Nelson really didn't play too well, but I was pleased with the low amount of penalties and the quality chances they had.

I think once this team starts to click, they will be fine.

bigmrg74
10-03-2010, 03:27 PM
*scratches head and makes strange faces*

Hmmmmmm...................

Huge shot totals? Check.
Low shot totals for the opposition? Check.
Low PIM totals. Check.
Top two goaltenders? Check.
.
.
.
.
All right. I give. What happened?

Full Moon and the Dog Man??

hockeytown100
10-03-2010, 04:47 PM
*scratches head and makes strange faces*

Hmmmmmm...................

Huge shot totals? Check.
Low shot totals for the opposition? Check.
Low PIM totals. Check.
Top two goaltenders? Check.
.
.
.
.
All right. I give. What happened?

I'm not really sure either. Their goalie played really well. Nelson has to stop that first goal he let in, and that's what started it all. To put things in perspective though this happened to us last season against that Canadian college (forgot their name).

I'm interested to see the real lines. Kirzinger wasn't playing, and I wonder where he will be placed. Graham/Fillinger looked solid. It's only one game, but from a first impression it looks like Kane/Huff/Thompson got some potential.

ShootSnipeScore
10-04-2010, 12:41 AM
I'm not really sure either. Their goalie played really well. Nelson has to stop that first goal he let in, and that's what started it all. To put things in perspective though this happened to us last season against that Canadian college (forgot their name).

I'm interested to see the real lines. Kirzinger wasn't playing, and I wonder where he will be placed. Graham/Fillinger looked solid. It's only one game, but from a first impression it looks like Kane/Huff/Thompson got some potential.

Dawson stood on his head plain and simple. Thought we obviously dominated the play with Oit barely able to clear the puck, plain and simple could not finish. Kane, Huff and Thompson did play pretty well good to see Thompson light the lamp as well in his first game. Nelson struggled but on the 3rd goal just a poor defensive effort by the defensemen not sure who it was but he had to get to that puck or take away the backdoor pass. Keep in mind that Embach was out as well as mienke and Kirzinger. Not really to concerned with the outcome however would have liked to see a win.

SportsTalk51
10-07-2010, 01:17 AM
BR Pioneer's season preview...

COLLEGE HOCKEY: Bulldogs abuzz

By Zeke Jennings
Pioneer Sports Editor

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:10 PM EDT

BIG RAPIDS — What can the Ferris State hockey team do to top what was the program’s best season in better than half a decade?

“We had a great season last year, but last year is last year. It ended with a bitter taste and we want to come back and do the same thing and extra,” Ferris State junior goaltender Taylor Nelson said. “Our goal is to get back to the Joe and win at the Joe and move on to the NCAA Tournament.”

The “bitter taste” Nelson spoke of is Ferris State losing in both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament semifinals and consolation game at Joe Louis Arena and failing to make the NCAA Tournament after going 21-13-6.

Twenty-plus wins and a third-place CCHA finish has a buzz around a program that suffered some key losses to graduation but returns many of the players who made up last year’s team, including both goaltenders — Nelson and Pat Nagle — and seven of the team’s eight defensemen, led by All-American candidate Zach Redmond.

Season ticket sales are up over 30 percent, including 55 percent among students, and the Bulldogs drew nearly 1,300 fans for an exhibition game against the Ontario Institute Technology over the weekend.

Add in the fact that Ferris State will host Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Western Michigan two times apiece, and it makes for a good recipe for excitement in Big Rapids.

Ferris State coach Bob Daniels, now in his 19th season, said that’s evident around the campus and around town, but no where is it more evident than within his locker room.

“I think we’ve got some excitement and a buzz. I think that’s justifiable in coming off the season we had last year and the really, really positive schedule we have this year,” he said. “but there is a lot excitement beyond the community and the campus. There is a lot of excitement on this team to finally get the season going.”

So what can we expect from the 2010-11 Bulldogs?

On paper, the back end looks to be stout with so much experience back from successful defensive and goaltending units.

The pre-eminent question is: Who’s going to score the goals?

Ironically, that was the same question the Bulldogs faced at this time last year. They responded with breakout seasons from the all-senior line of Cody Chupp, Casey Haines and Blair Riley, which combined for 42 of the team’s 118 goals.

That trio is gone, as is Aaron Lewicki, who added nine goals, which tied for fourth on the team with Mike Embach, now a senior, and Matt Kirzinger, who is now a sophomore.

The Bulldogs feel they have the same kind of breakout ability as last year, it’s going to be a matter of getting it done.

FORWARDS

Daniels feels he has perhaps the deepest group of forwards in terms of ability and talent in the CCHA. He questions whether or not he has a top-tier frontline, like the one Chupp, Haines and Riley comprised last year.

“I think we have quality depth at forward,” Daniels said. “I don’t know that we have a CCHA first line at this moment — we need to find one. To win, you have to have a top-notch first line.

“I don’t know there is a team in our league with better depth in lines one through five.”

The most likely candidates to take the next step offensively are seniors, Justin Menke (eight goals, 10 assists), a key three-year contributor, Embach and sophomores Kirzinger and Travis Ouellette (seven goals).

Some under-the-radar candidates to provide more scoring could be senior Todd Pococke (five goals, seven assists), whom Daniels praised for his versatility, and freshmen Cory Kane and Garrett Thompson.

Daniels was complimentary of his freshmen forwards, which includes Justin DeMartino and Andy Huff, but feels Kane and Thompson are the furthest along in terms of being ready to contribute.

“All four, including DeMartino and Andy Huff, I like their size and all four have the ability to score goals,” Daniels said. “They could potentially be like having four Blair Rileys. If we do the right job developing and they listen and work hard, we have a lot of opportunity for some pretty good forwards.”

Daniels likes the potential of hard-hitting sophomore Eric Alexander and skilled skater Jordie Johnston, a junior, but said both have work to do to become key contributors.

On Johnston: “He’s got to embrace understanding the system completely in order to be the player we all hope him to be. What’s lacking in his game right now is that he wants to freelance too much,” Daniels said.

On Alexander: “Like Johnston, he’s got the skill level, but he needs to work on learning the system and he’s got work to do in terms of conditioning.”

Seniors Nate Hennig and speedy Mike Fillinger provide experience, while sophomore Kyle Bonis will look to make an increased contribution.

The role of Derek Graham, a junior, is currently up in the air. Daniels said Graham is currently playing at the blue line as an experiment.

DEFENSE

The only loss is a big one — Matt Case, who was perhaps the Bulldogs’ best two-way player at the blue line.

Other than that, the defense returns intact, led by Redmond, who assumes the role of team captain this season. The senior says he feels there is an increased sense of knowing what’s necessary to win after last year.

“I would say there is a bit of a difference in the locker room because most of the guys here made it down to the Joe last year and that was the first time for all of us,” he said. “I think we all realized last year what it took and I think we’re all ready to step right back in and do that again.”

Redmond’s classmate and former defensive partner Scott Wietecha is back for his senior season after missing significant parts of the past two seasons with injuries.

Brett Wysopal (jr.) and Chad Billins (jr.) were among the team’s top-six defensemen last year and figure to play key roles once again.

Daniels spoke highly of freshman defenseman Scott Czarnowczan, who is the only newcomer at the blue line.

“I think Scott Czarnowczan could be a top-four defenseman,” Daniels said. “Anytime you can look at somebody and say ‘He could be in our top-five D for four years,’ that’s getting a lot of mileage. I’m very excited about what he brings.”

Third-year players Tommy Hill, Michael Trebish and Aaron Schmit, along with possibly Graham, will be fighting for playing time at the blue line.

With so much experience back on defense and a lack of proven scoring threats at forward, Daniels is concerned that the defensemen will worry too much about creating offense instead of just doing their jobs.

“My worry right now is that with the one (exhibition) game, the defensemen could get to the point where they think they have to overhelp on offense and leave us susceptible,” Daniels said. “I think if our defense can just do their role, help create some offense but do it by doing their job and getting the puck up ice to the forwards, I’m very confident that we’re going to score the goals.”

GOALTENDING

The Bulldogs have the luxury of having two talented and experienced goaltenders in Nagle and Nelson.

Nagle ranked among the top 10 in the country in both save percentage (.923) and goals-against average (2.13), while Nelson ranked in the top 25 in each of those categories.

If forced to pick, Daniels said he would take solid defense and goaltending over proven scoring.

“With our defense and goaltending, it should keep us in a lot of games,” he said.

Rob Granett has joined the team as a walk-on and replaces Jordan Barber as the team’s third-string goaltender.

SCHEDULE

Ferris State is in a scheduling cluster with Alaska, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, which means the Bulldogs will play each of those teams four times, including two apiece home and away.

Seven of Ferris State’s first 10 games and nine of the first 14 are at home.

A non-conference highlight will be Minnesota’s Dodge Holiday Classic tournament, where the Bulldogs will face Bemidji State on New Year’s Eve and then host Minnesota, both of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, on New Year’s Day.

Ferris State opens at Alabama-Huntsville, the lone Division I hockey team without a conference, for games Thursday and Friday. The Bulldogs will later host UAH for a two-game series in Big Rapids in February.

-- Ferris State was ranked 24th in the first U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Other CCHA teams that received votes were Miami (third), Michigan (fifth), Alaska (12th), Michigan State (16th), Notre Dame (17th), Northern Michigan (23rd) and Ohio State (31st).

Defending national champion Boston College was the overwhelming preseason choice for No. 1.

-- The university has eliminated 5:05 p.m. starts for Saturday games after scheduling exclusively 5:05 starts on Saturdays last year, with the exception of games moved for television broadcasts. The athletic department had experimented with some earlier start times in previous seasons.

Currently all home games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with the exception of Jan. 27 vs. Michigan State, which will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit.

webby
10-08-2010, 10:06 AM
Nice win of the bulldogs!!! Good way to start the season!! 4 to 1 opener against UAH.

Hammer
10-08-2010, 11:34 AM
Quite frankly, I forgot about last night. I had it in my head that tonight was the opener. Might help if I read the schedule.

I'll happily take the results, no questions asked.

DominicHennig
10-08-2010, 11:43 AM
Hey All,

Ferris State plays 2nd regular season game tonight in Huntsville, Alabama against the Chargers. Here's the essentials:

Audio Webcast (Free): http://161.57.5.17/ramgen/broadcast/test.rm (Must have Realplayer installed)

Alabama's Video Feed ($7) - http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=21&s=339&stype=Sports%20Hockey%20Men%27s

Live Box Score: http://www.uah.edu/Athletics/hockey/xlive.htm

Live Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/FerrisHockey

Radio Booth E-Mail Address: SportsRadio@Ferris.edu

Ferris State Hockey's Website: http://www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com/Sports/MIce

Go 'Dawgs and Enjoy!