The Matchup: Wisconsin vs. Ferris State
Dates: Friday-Saturday, November 28-29th
Location: Kohl Center
Ice Surface: 200’ X 97’
Radio: Friday - WIBA AM 1310; Saturday - WTSO AM 1070
Video Stream: BTN Plus ($)
Audio Stream: Badgersportsnetwork.com (Free)
All-Time Series: Series is tied 2-2-0
Last Meeting: Ferris State win 5-3
About Ferris State
Head Coach: Bob Daniels (23rd season at Ferris State 385-395-87)
Notable: The Bulldogs from Ferris State are above .500 on the season thanks to a 5-2 win against Alabama-Huntsville on November 22nd.
The team has the capability to be explosive. Led by Matt Robinson Ferris State put up a 10-2 victory on Alaska-Anchorage. The same Alaska Anchorage the Badgers fell to 2-4 earlier in the year.
Bob Daniels has fed his team to the wolves facing quality opponents like Michigan, Michigan Tech, and Alabama-Huntsville early on in the season. He will hope their experience will help lead the Bulldogs to a pair of wins in Madison
Points: Matt Robertson (14)
Goals: Chad McDonald (7)
Assists: Matt Robertson (10)
Save Pct.: C.J Motte (.941)
Goals Against Average: C.J Motte (1.72)
Head Coach: Mike Eaves (13th Season – 255-188-53)
Notable: Wisconsin returns back to the Kohl Center after a frustrating road trip that resulted in two losses for the Badgers.
Wisconsin is still fighting for that first win of the season. Something Head Coach Mike Eaves says should happen sooner than later
“They’re going to be rewarded for the efforts they’re giving each other, they worked their Fannies off and they’re playing some pretty good hockey right now.”, said Eaves during Monday presser.
Points: 3 tied at 4
Goals: Chase Drake (2)
Assists: Grant Besse and Joseph LaBate tied (3)
Save Pct.: Landon Peterson (.900)
Goals Against Average: Landon Peterson (3.03 GAA)
North Dakota’s sweep of the University of Wisconsin hockey team was the first time the Badgers had been swept at home since 2012.
Wisconsin is once again at risk Friday and Saturday going against a very talented Ferris State team. One main point to look at in this matchup is simply the records, Ferris State at 7-6 has won games before. They are a team that knows how to win games.
Wisconsin has not figured out how to string sixty minutes of good hockey together yet this season. That fact alone is something to look at and should give Ferris State the edge in the weekend series.
Many fans may look at the schedule and think, “Ferris State? What is Ferris State?”. That lack of recognition, according to Mike Eaves, isn’t a testament to how good they are.
“They will be a formidable hockey team. Our fans might not know them but we as a coaching staff certainly know them well.”
Prediction: Friday: Wisconsin 2 Ferris State 1, Saturday: Wisconsin 3 Ferris State 5
Badgers refuse to be swept at home for the second time in a row and steal one from Ferris State in a close game on Friday. Both teams being a little more tired on Saturday leads to more goals but Ferris State takes care of business before heading home.