Friday, February 27, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Ferris 1

It was all Michigan, almost from start to finish, as the third-ranked Wolverines came into Ewigleben Ice Arena and walked out with a dominating 6-1 victory over the host Ferris State University Bulldogs. FSU still is looking for a point to solidify its case for a home-ice first-round series here in Big Rapids.

Michigan Adds Another, Further Validates It's National Ranking

Michigan just added another one as Brian Lebler scored off an assist from Travis Turnbull for a 6-1 Wolverines' lead.

Michigan Running Out The Clock

The Wolverines have taken some penalties, but the Bulldogs have not been able to capitalize with U-M players in the penalty box. We have seven minutes left in the third period.

Second Period By The Numbers

Score: Michigan 5, Ferris 1
Shots: Michigan 25, Ferris 16
Power Plays: Michigan 1-5, Ferris 0-4
Penalties: Michigan 6-20, Ferris 6-12
Saves: Michigan's Bryan Hogan 15, Ferris' Pat Nagle 13 and Taylor Nelson 7

Comments: The Bulldogs had another rough period as the Wolverines outscored Ferris 2-0 during the middle period to built a four-goal lead at 5-1. Michigan is playing brilliant hockey to this point of the contest.

Tough Combination For Bulldogs

Michigan is skating well and created great scoring chances and, on top of that, goaltender Bryan Hogan is solid between the pipes for the maize and blue. Hogan has only surrendered one goal and that came early in the first period to tie the score at 1-1. Since then, Hogan and the U-M defense have been pretty stingy.

At 7:58 Of The Second ... Ferris Has Used Its Time Out

It looks like head coach Bob Daniels is going to switch goaltenders and bring in freshman Taylor Nelson to play for starter Pat Nagle.

Don't Look Now, U-M Scores Again

The score is now 5-1 in favor of Michigan as the Wolverines just drove another puck past Ferris goaltender Pat Nagle. When it rains it pours and it is pouring on the Bulldogs right now. This fifth goal was scored by Brian Lebler off assists from Steve Kampfer and Travis Turnbull at 10:47 of the second period.

Wolverines Strike Again ... It's 4-1

Michigan is beginning to take firm control of this contest as it just lit the lamp again with an odd-man rush followed up by banging a rebound into the goal past Ferris netminder Pat Nagle for the 4-1 lead. U-M's goal was scored by Matt Rust and it was assisted by Carl Hagelin and Aaron Palushaj at 9:07 of the second.

First Period By The Numbers

Score: Michigan 3, Ferris 1
Shots: Michigan 11, Ferris 5
Power Plays: Michigan 1-4, Ferris 0-2
Penalties: Ferris 5-10, Michigan 4-16
Saves: Ferris' Pat Nagle 8, Michigan's Bryan Hogan 4

Comments: Ferris has to stay out of the penalty box. This will keep its penalty killers (and goal scorers) from being worn down. This also will keep the Bulldogs from having to face that great speed and skill of the Wolverines with one less skater.

Michigan Strikes Again

Ferris is now down 3-1 on the scoreboard and Michigan is looking for more with a little extra burst in the skates of the Wolverines. At 16:33, Michigan scored the goal thanks to Carl Hagelin (who lit the lamp with an unassisted tally). It's a tough way for the Bulldogs to appear poised to end the first period.

Matching Penalties Are Stupid

I have never really understood the concept of matching penalties. Officials should spend more time punishing instigators. Perhaps if officials picked out the instigator more (instead of matching penalties for a natural retaliation) they might cut down on all of the extra stuff. Then again, maybe the Bulldogs do not want to cut down on such activity.

Michigan's Speed Causes Problems

It's difficult to appreciate the speed and skill of Michigan until you see them in person. Then, you understand why the Wolverines are the third-ranked team in the country. With that in mind, however, the Bulldogs are skating well against the Wolverines so far in the game (although penalty minutes are beginning to add up for the Bulldogs. Ferris has to be careful not to take too many of these penalties to give the talented Wolverines too many advantages with the extra skater.

Ferris Pays Price For Penalty

The Wolverines had a bit of an odd-man rush (on the power play), utilized good passing and drove a shot past Ferris netminder Pat Nagle to put U-M up 2-1. The goal was scored by Louie Caporusso (who is off to a big start in this game) from Steve Kampfer and Travis Turnbull.

Could Be A High-Scoring Game

Ferris answers goal scored by Michigan. The Bulldogs generated solid some pressure in back of the Wolverines' net and in front of the goal, in Michigan's defensive zone, and it paid off as Justin Menke scored (his fifth of the season) off an assist from Cody Chupp at 3:11 of the first period.

Worst-Case Scenario Start For Bulldogs

Michigan strikes fast with a goal less than one minute into the game to silence the sellout crowd inside of Ewigleben Ice Arena. The goal was scored by Tim Miller from Louie Caporusso. It was a painful goal for the Bulldogs to give up with the crowd excited and ready for some positive action.

We Are About 15 Minutes Away

Ferris and Michigan have already had the meeting of the captains (Cody Chupp of Ferris and Chris Summers of Michigan). It's a big game for the Bulldogs who are still battling for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

Tailgate On Ice Was Great

Tailgate On Ice A Great Event To Gear Up For Hockey

BIG RAPIDS - Kudos have to go to the Ferris State University Alumni Relations Office for putting together a great event, Tailgate On Ice. While tailgating is most typically associated with football games, Ferris has brought that fall-time tradition to indoors this winter. The event was a nice opportunity for alumni, season ticket holders, and other fans participating in the event to enjoy some good times together prior to the start of tonight's important hockey game between the Bulldogs and the University of Michigan Wolverines. The food, drinks and atmosphere were outstanding and the decorations superb. I was only able to stop by for a few minutes, but it was still an enjoyable experience and we look forward to more events put on by the great staff in Alumni Relations.

Ferris To Honor The Seniors

The Ferris State University hockey team will be honoring its five senior players prior to this evening's game against Michigan. It's Senior Night in Big Rapids.

The five seniors are forwards Justin Lewandowski, Corey Couturier, J.T. Dahlinger and Brendan Connolly along with defenseman Evan Case.

Tonight's Game Officials Are Announced

The game officials, assigned by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, have been announced for this evening's game between Ferris and No. 3 Michigan.

Kevin Hall
Bruce Vida

Tony Molina
Patrick Bracco

We are about 45 minutes prior to the start of this evening's game.

We Will Be Blogging Live This Evening

NCAA Division I Hockey: Ferris State vs. No. 3 Michigan

BIG RAPIDS - Tonight, the Ferris State University ice hockey team is hosting nationally-ranked University of Michigan at 7:05 p.m. in Ewigleben Ice Arena.The Bulldogs and Wolverines will be playing this evening in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) before what is expected to be a sellout crowd inside the ice arena.

This is a big series for Ferris as it fights for home-ice advantage in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.

Ferris (12-15-7 overall and 9-12-5-2 in the CCHA) will begin the game by honoring its five senior student-athletes who will be playing in their final regular-season home game in Ewigleben Ice Arena against the Wolverines (24-10-0 overall and 18-8-0-0 in the CCHA). Michigan is ranked third in the nation according to U.S. College Hockey Online/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

Michigan is third in the CCHA with 36 points while the Bulldogs are eighth with 25 points.