The #4 Michigan hockey team’s greatest test so far this year will come on Thursday and Friday night at 7:35 pm when they host the #6 Ferris State Bulldogs. The Wolverines lead the series 65-28-4.
Ferris State is 6-0-0 this year sweeping St. Lawrence, RPI, and Miami (OH). This is the best start in the 20 year head coaching career Bob Daniels has had at FSU.
If you don’t think there record sounds impressive enough, they are currently the number one defense in the country allowing .83 goals per game (5 goals total), their offense is ranked 14th with a 3.50 goals per game average, and their penalty kill is 27 of 28 this year.
They also had two players voted CCHA Players of the Week for last week (October 24th). Senior Chad Billians was Defenseman of the Week and freshman CJ Motte was named Goaltender of the Week.
Billians had three assists in the sweep over Miami (OH) while Motte recorded two shutout victories for the Bulldogs.
Motte is currently the number one goaltender in NCAA Division 1 hockey with a .986 save percentage, .33 goals against average and a perfect record of 3-0-0.
Seeing all of this, the Wolverines have a lot of work to do this week to even come away with a split, especially if they play like they did last weekend against Northern Michigan.
This weekend will surely be used as a real measuring stick. Did Michigan really deserve the #1 ranking in the country last week or did the voters get too far ahead of themselves? How good is Ferris State?
Lindsay Sparks (4 goals, 3 assists) and David Wohlberg (2 goals, 5 assists) lead the Wolverines with 7 points. Alex Guptill leads the team with 20 shots on goal.