|Ferris State (15-13-4) at Michigan (12-18-2)|
|3/1/13 - 3/2/13 at Yost Ice Arena|
|7:35pm (CBS College) - 7:35pm (FS Detroit)|
It's been a long and forgettable year for both clubs but we have arrived at our final destination, the last regular season series in the CCHA. While Michigan has struggled year Ferris has been one of the bigger disappointments in college hockey, with most of the team returning from the national championship runner up squad Ferris looked like a lock to win the CCHA. Instead, barring a CCHA tournament miracle our friends from Big Rapids will be watching from home.
Cumulative Offensive Statistics
Team Offense 2.72 GPG, 32nd NCAA
Powerplay 24-112, 21.43%. 12th NCAA
Last week when talking about Ohio State the theme was great defense and horrible offense, Ferris fits right into this category. Bob Daniels squad has a big line to do the heavy lifting but like most teams who depend on one line to get the job done, when they cool down you get involved in a lot of low scoring games. In FSU's last four losses they were shutout, scored one goal twice, and were blown out in a 5-2 game.
For Michigan to be successful tonight they need to play mistake free hockey in their own end, there's nothing worse against a struggling offense than turnovers and in the last few weeks Michigan has not played well in the neutral zone. With the level Trouba is playing at and Merrill rounding into form I think this matchup swings in Michigan's favor, so as long as they can limit mistakes and our goalie can give us a solid game Michigan should find themselves in the drivers seat.
After the break, defense and goalies
Cumulative Defensive Statistics
|Scoring Against||OPT SOG||OPT SH%||+/-|
Team Defense 2.38 GPG, 13th NCAA
Penalty Kill 122-143, 85.3%. 13th NCAA
Despite losing Chad Billins and Taylor Nelson from last seasons squad, defense has been the strength in Big Rapids this year. The sophomore tandem of Jason Binkley and Simon Denis has stepped up as the teams two best options, freshman Brandon Anselmini and Connor Schmidt also have given Daniels two reliable options and Scott Czarnowczan leads the unit as the lone upperclassman.
As good as they have been this year Ferris is faced with the unfortunate task of trying to stop a Michigan offense that's red hot. After putting up eleven goals on Ohio State in Columbus this group is feeling confident again, Boo Nieves is on fire, Alex Guptill is coming off a big weekend, Di Giuseppe is hot again, Copp and DeBlois continue to provide Red with solid play 5 on 5 and on special teams. It seems like the only thing that can stop Michigan this weekend is themselves, but if their passes are going tape to tape like last weekend the Bulldogs are going to be in for a long night.
CJ Motte has done an excellent job stepping in for the departed Taylor Nelson but that hasn't always translated to the win column. For me the most frustrating thing that can happen in hockey is when a goalie plays out of his mind and his team can only score one goal, I would imagine Motte feels the same way I do.
The key for Michigan is the same as it has been all year. They have to get on him early before he gets in rhythm, a hot goalie wouldn't be good for any team to face but Michigan can't rely on their own goalie right now so they need to score early and often.
This section is meaningless. I haven't been right all year.
Michigan 4 - Ferris State 2
Michigan 2 - Ferris State 3