Saturday, January 10, 2009

Next Live Blogging Sports Event: Big Monday

Ferris State University Hosts Grand Valley State University

BIG RAPIDS - The next live blogging of a Ferris State University athletics event will be Monday, Jan. 12 as the Bulldog men's and women's basketball teams host their archrivals from Grand Valley State University in Jim Wink Arena.
  • Women's game begins at 6 p.m.
  • Men's game starts at approximately 8 p.m. (following the conclusion of women's contest)
For more information on the men's and women's basketball games between Ferris and Grand Valley, visit the FSU Athletics Web site for info at

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Look At The Numbers

Ferris Wins Some Battles, But Western Wins The War

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University ice hockey team had some statistical advantages on the score sheet, but the biggest advantage was enjoyed by Western Michigan. The Broncos won the Central Collegiate Hockey Association game by a score of 2-1.

A look at the numbers:
  • Ferris outshot Western 39-31
  • Both teams were 0-5 on the power play
  • Ferris had six penalties for 12 minutes while Western had five penalties for 10 minutes
  • FSU goaltender Pat Nagle faced 31 shots and stopped 29 of them
  • WMU goaltender Riley Gill, who was the player of the game, stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced
  • The Bulldogs outshot the Broncos 14-6 in the third period
  • The teams were tied for shots in the first period (12-12) and the second period (13-13)
  • Attendance for the game, even with the students finishing winter break, was 1,084
The Broncos improve to 4-12-5 overall and 3-8-4-1 in the CCHA standings while the Bulldogs fall to 9-10-4 overall and 6-7-2-0 in the CCHA.

Ferris Pulls Nagle, But Not Enough ... Broncos Win

Bulldogs Pull Goalie For Extra Skaters

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris made a valiant attempt at a comeback, after spotting Western a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Although the Bulldogs picked up their level of intensity, particularly late in the third period, it was unable to climb out of the two-goal hole.

Ferris came up on the short end of a 2-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association decision to Western Michigan as Ferris falls to 9-10-4 overall and 6-7-2 in the league standings.

Now, the Bulldogs will need to find a way to bounce back and score a victory in the second half of the series as they make the trip to Kalamazoo to face the Broncos in Lawson Ice Arena with the puck scheduled to hit the ice at 7:35 p.m.

Ferris With Two Great Scoring Opportunities

Bulldogs Come Close On Two Shot Attempts

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris had two great scoring opportunities in the last three minutes of the game, but one was disallowed and was deemed a hand pass while goaltender Riley Gill stopped the second as the crowd was ready to erupt.

The game is now at the 1:56 mark.

Time Becoming A Factor For Bulldogs

Ferris Needs To Pick It Up

BIG RAPIDS - With just under seven minutes to play in the game, the Bulldogs finally answered the bell with their first score of the contest to bring the crowd to its feet.

Ferris took an odd-man rush and finally found a way to drive the puck past Western Michigan netminder Riley Gill, who for two-plus periods had been unbeatable. Mike Embach took a pass from Brendan Connolly and buried it in the net to finally give the home fans in Ewigleben Ice Arena a little something to cheer about at 13:16 of the third.

Now, with the score 2-1, the Bulldogs are well within striking distance of the visiting Broncos, who now have the pressure riding their shoulders.

Pivotal Call In Tight Game

Nagle Steamrolled As Puck Goes In The Net

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State goaltender Pat Nagle was run over just in front of the crease as the puck trickled into the net.

The referees Brian Aaron and John Philo took a long time to review the replay before it was decided that it was not a goal. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, however, Michael Trebish, a Bulldog defenseman, was whistled for interference to put the Broncos on a power play.

It was an important call as Western could have claimed a 3-0 lead with a little over 13 minutes left in the game.

Instead, the score remains 2-0.

CCHA All Access Comes To Ferris State University

Bulldogs To Be Featured By The League

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University is being featured by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and has thus granted all access to league officials who made the trip to Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.

The CCHA staff filming the game between the Bulldogs and Western Michigan were all over the arena working with not only the players and coaches, but also fans and other members of the community to give a broad picture of Ferris State University Bulldog Hockey.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs picked their play up late in the second period, but it was after the Broncos had already claimed a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Crew Follows Up O'Kane's Score With One Of His Own

Fourth-Line Forward Notches His Second Goal

BIG RAPIDS - Western Michigan silenced the crowd in Ewigleben Ice Arena with a second goal to quickly follow its first near the midway point of the second period.

J.J. Crew was credited with the second goal of the game as he scored off an assist from Patrick Nagorsen at the 9:30 mark of the middle period.

The crowd in the Ewigleben Ice Arena which had some energy, early in the game, has some of that wind knocked out of its sails as the Broncos seized a 2-0 lead.

Western, which entered the game with a record of 3-12-5 overall has looked like a far better squad than that in the second half.

Broncos Draw First Blood

O'Kane Puts Western On The Board First

BIG RAPIDS - Western Michigan drew first blood with a goal from Kyle O'Kane at 3:45 of the first period off an assist from Kevin Connauton for a 1-0 lead.

The Broncos have picked up the intensity and begun to carry the play a little more by widening their shooting margin during the second period to put pressure on Ferris netminder Pat Nagle. The goal, obviously, put a little extra burst in the skates of the Broncos and gave them the confidence they might be able to escape Ewigleben Ice Arena with a victory.

It's A Stalemate So Far

The Defense Doesn't Rest

BIG RAPIDS - The defense, in the early stages of the first period, has been solid for both the Bulldogs and Broncos in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Coming up on the nine-minute mark, the two teams have combined for just five shots on goal. Both teams have had power-play opportunities, but were unable to convert on those chances. The Bulldogs have had a couple of odd-man rushes against Western netminder Riley Gill, but have not been able to drive one past him. On the opposite side, Bulldog sophomore Pat Nagle has also been solid when he has needed to be against Western.
It's still early, and you can expect higher-grade chances.

Laying Down The Law

Game Officials Meet With Captains

BIG RAPIDS - Tonight's game officials, as assigned by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, are referees Brian Aaron and John Philo while the linesmen are Chris Davis and Patrick Bracco.

The officials have conducted their pregame meeting with Ferris State University team captain Cody Chupp and Western Michigan University team captain Chris Frank.

We are now less than 20 minutes away from the team's returning to the ice for the pregame introductions and the playing of the national anthem here in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

FSU's Bob Daniels vs. WMU's Jim Culhane

Running The Show From The Bench

BIG RAPIDS - It's time to take a look at the guys who will be running the show from the bench during tonight's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game between the Ferris State University Bulldogs and the Western Michigan University Broncos. Faceoff is still about 3o minutes away, but the strategy is already in place for coaching staffs of both teams.

Lets take a look at the coaching comparison:
  • Ferris State University head coach Bob Daniels is in his 17th season as the head men's ice hockey coach of the Bulldogs. During his career, Daniels has compiled a record of 266-311-60, but owns a winning record against Western Michigan (tonight's opponent) at 28-25-4.
  • Western Michigan University's Jim Culhane is in his 10th season as the head men's ice hockey coach of the Broncos. Culhane (a former WMU player) is 139-194-38 during his head coaching career. He is 15-21-2 during his head coaching career against the Bulldogs.

How Ferris and Western Stack Up In The All-Time Series

By The Numbers: The All-Time Series

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris and Western are meeting for the 120th and 121st times this weekend in this two-game series. Tonight's first game starts at 7:05 p.m. in Ewigleben Ice Arena while the second contest takes place Saturday evening at 7:35 p.m. in Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo.

Series Notes:
  • The Ferris-Western series began during the 1977-78 season
  • The Broncos lead the all-time series, 65-46-8
  • The Bulldogs are 3-1-7 in overtime contests against Western
  • Ferris is 28-24-4 at home against the Broncos
  • The Bulldogs are 17-37-4 against the Broncos in Kalamazoo
  • Ferris is 1-4 in neutral-site games against Western

Tonight We Launch Our Live Bulldog Hockey Blog

Ferris State Bulldogs vs. Western Michigan Broncos, tonight, 7:05 p.m.

This evening, Ferris State University is hosting U.S. 131 rival Western Michigan University in NCAA Division I ice hockey inside Ewigleben Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. Those of you who can not be in attendance in the newly-renovated ice arena can enjoy live blogging from the event.

Tonight's live blogging (handled this evening by your author, Sandy Gholston) will highlight goals scored, game-play trends, great plays and various other highlights of tonight's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game between the Bulldogs and the Broncos. In addition to the blogging, action photos will be uploaded to allow fans to follow the game not only through my words, but also through my photography.

This is the first of a feature we hope to make a regular feature linked to from Ferris State University's Web site.

We would like to invite you to follow and to interact with your feedback and comments as you follow the game on your computer either through Gametracker or the B2 Network.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dean of Students Offers Challenge and Support

A Message from the Dean of Student Life

Dear Ferris State University Students:

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Student Life, I welcome new and returning students to an exciting Spring 2009 semester. The theme of this semester’s letter is “Challenge and Support.” Over the course of Fall 2008, we’ve watched history in the making as the first African American was elected President of the United States of America. Unfortunately, several of our community members displayed behaviors that lead me to feel that we are at a crossroads in developing a stronger campus community at Ferris. Ernest Boyer, a well known educator, suggests that campus communities should strive to be celebratory, open, disciplined, caring, and purposeful. In every fiber of my being, I know that as community members we can overcome any social injustices that may drive wedges in our relationships or limit our ability to communicate effectively with others.

We are Ferris State University, we will be a community that respects others, and we will be a community that lives our University’s Core Values. This semester, take responsibility for your actions and strive to be a good citizen. A celebration of our accomplishments should be our way of sharing the “Ferris Story”, what it means to live and learn at one of the best institutions of higher education.

We have students who are doing some amazing things in our community and we have students who are struggling with a variety of life challenges and sometimes those challenges become our concerns as community members. It is during these times of challenge or crisis that we see the best in our faculty, staff, and students. Let our best be our natural response in all that we do and not wait until controversy or concerns emerge. Take notice of your environment and be alert to those things that prevent us from being a welcoming community.

There are a lot of support systems on and off campus that can add to your success as a student -- please take full advantage. As the economy continues to become a high level of stress for many of us, let this be our time to come together to have open dialogue about issues that make us frustrated or upset. We are in hard times but we can still appreciate each other and reach out to those who need us. This is your season to give respect and to extend a helping hand.

Please remember that as young leaders the focus is on you and what you are doing to bring an articulate voice to the table. As in every family there may be differences but we still love each other!

Model Good Citizenship in 2009

  • Get involved in Big Rapids and Mecosta County activities – This is your home.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the University’s Core Values – Live the Values.
  • Be respectful in all your interactions with others.
  • Don’t be afraid to have an open and honest exchange of ideas.
  • Reach out to others – “Say Hello” even though you may not know the person.
  • Utilize all the support systems that are available to you on and off campus.
  • Be genuine in your connections.
  • Ask questions – If you don’t get the answers you need, may be I can help.

Be a community member who embraces Margaret Mead’s idea of never doubting that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. It starts with you and you bringing your fellow students together; to make dynamic and healthy progress in building a stronger Ferris community. Feel free to contact me at 231-591-2685 or send me an email at if you have a question, concern, or a suggestion.

Go Bulldogs!

Leroy Wright
Dean of Student Life
Rankin Student Center, Room 255