Ferris State hockey begins quest for WCHA Championship at home this week

Ferris State players celebrate following a goal during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Western Michigan. (Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey squad will begin its quest for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Championship at home this weekend (Oct. 13-14) as the Bulldogs start league play against the Northern Michigan Wildcats inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs and the Wildcats will square off in a two-game league set on Friday and Saturday with both contests getting underway at 7:07 p.m. (ET). FSU is coming off an exciting 3-2 home-opening victory over in-state rival Western Michigan before a large crowd this past Saturday evening.

As part of this weekend’s homestand, a special BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) ticket offer is available while supplies last. The offer is good both nights for a ticket price in advance of $12 for adults.

Fans can purchase advance tickets for all Bulldog home hockey games to guarantee a seat and save over the normal gameday rates by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Bulldog fans can also purchase all regular-priced tickets in advance 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at StarTickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.

The FSU Athletic Ticket Office’s normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).

A complete pricing structure, ticket office hours and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com and can be found by visiting the “tickets” tab. For additional ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.

Seating is expected to be at a premium again this season. The “Dawg Pound” student section has been sold out for more than 100 consecutive regular-season home contests over the last six years. Overall, FSU has posted more than 25 total sellouts at the Ewigleben Ice Arena since the second half of a historic 2011-12 campaign in which the Bulldogs reached the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four.

The home of Ferris State Hockey, Big Rapids, was voted as the nation’s fifth-best college hockey city a year ago and recently received acclaim as the nation’s 10th “Best City For Hockey Fans”.

The Bulldogs, who have reached the NCAA Final Eight three times since 2012, will embark on their 43rd campaign overall this fall and again face perhaps one of the country’s toughest schedules as they seek their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years.

The 2017-18 schedule is again highlighted by matchups against every other in-state Division I opponent from Michigan, including non-conference showdowns against Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan. Five of the six will make the trek to FSU’s Ewigleben Ice Arena, including home-and-home series’ against both MSU and WMU, while the Bulldogs will face Michigan twice in Ann Arbor.

Overall, the Bulldogs will play host to five of the other six D1 programs from Michigan this coming year. It will represent the second-straight year in which the Bulldogs have faced every Michigan opponent in the same campaign after doing so this past season for the first time since 1995-96.

Along with the premier matchups against the in-state foes, the Bulldogs will also entertain challenging conference rivals such as Bemidji State and Bowling Green as part of a 16-game regular-season home schedule.

Since 2012, the Bulldogs have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight all three times. FSU has also won two conference regular-season championships along with capturing the WCHA’s Broadmoor Trophy once as the league’s Final Five Champion. Along with a Frozen Four berth and national title game showing in 2012, FSU also has reached the regional final and the final eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2014 and 2016.

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