CINCINNATI — UND hasn’t played Ferris State in over a decade. It was 2003 when the Bulldogs knocked UND out of the NCAA tournament in the first round with a 5-2 victory. Today, they meet again with a trip to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia on the line.
For those of you who may not know much about this Ferris State team, here are 10 random facts.
1. A week ago, Ferris State was in position to get a No. 1 seed, but its loss in the WCHA title game, coupled with Wisconsin’s win over Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, flipped those two. So, the Bulldogs are the No. 5 overall team or the top No. 2 seed.
2. Ferris State won the MacNaughton Cup this year as WCHA champs in the first year of the new-look WCHA.
3. Ferris State has made three trips to the NCAA tournament and has had quite a bit of success in them. In 2003, they beat UND in the first round. Two years ago, the Bulldogs played for the national championship.
3. Bulldog goaltender C.J. Motte is a Hobey Baker Award finalist. He’s 28-8-3 with a .928 and a 2.20.
4. The Bulldogs are extremely balanced. They have nine players with 20+ points and their leading goal scorers are: 16, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 9. Their fourth-leading goal-scorer is on the fourth line.
5. Like Wisconsin, this is another fairly veteran team. Four of Ferris State’s top six goal-scorers are seniors.
6. Ferris State won’t have a defenseman that’s 6-feet tall in the lineup today. The Bulldogs have a small, mobile, puck-moving group back there.
7. If the Bulldogs win today, they will reach the 30-win mark for the second time in program history. That 2003 team won 31 games. Ferris State and Union enter Saturday leading the nation in wins this season.
8. Ferris State is a team that played extremely well at home this season, going 16-1-1 in Big Rapids, Mich.
9. The Bulldogs are an older team. Nobody on their roster is under the age of 20.
10. The Bulldogs will have the larger fan base at the regional championship game. Big Rapids is a six-hour drive from Cincinnati and they had a nice, loud contingent at the game Friday.