BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University would love nothing more than to advance to the final four of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and officially send the University of Nebraska-Omaha off to its new league: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The 13th-ranked Bulldogs of head coach Bob Daniels finished in the top four and earned a first-round bye. UNO, however, fought its way to victory in a first-round series by sweeping Bowling Green State University in its best-of-three series (winning both games 6-1).
The seeds held strong through the first round of the conference tournament as all of the higher-seeded teams prevailed in sweeps of 2-0.
The second-round series are as follows (the higher-seeded teams host the series):
No. 1 Miami University vs. No. 8 Ohio State UniversityThese will be best-of-three series played March 12-14. Games one (Friday) and two (Saturday) are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. starts. Game three, if necessary, also would be played at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday.
at Oxford, Ohio
No. 2 Michigan State University vs. No. 7 University of Michigan
at East Lansing, Mich.
No. 3 Ferris State University vs. No. 6 University of Nebraska-Omaha
at Big Rapids, Mich.
No. 4 Northern Michigan University vs. No. 5 University of Alaska
at Marquette, Mich.
On Dec. 4-5, Ferris and UNO played a two-game regular-season CCHA series in Big Rapids at Ewigleben Ice Arena. The Bulldogs swept that series winning 2-0 and 3-1.
Photo by Ed Hyde, FSU Photographic Services