The No. 7 ranked Western Michigan Broncos will take on CCHA rival No. 6 ranked Ferris State University on Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena with both games scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.
Last week, WMU won both games and grabbed all six points against Northern Michigan University.
“We knew our series against Northern Michigan would be highly contested,” Head Coach Andy Murray said during Monday’s press conference. “It was everything we thought it would be, both games went down to the 60th minute.”
The Broncos (8-3-1, 5-2-1-1 CCHA) come in to the weekend two-game series in 5th place in the CCHA. The Bulldogs of Ferris State (7-4-3, 6-3-1-0) are in 4th, but have also played two more conference games than WMU this year.
“This weekend we’ve got Ferris coming in,” said Murray. “Four of the best games that we had all of last season were against Ferris. I know this rivalry goes back a long ways and Bob Daniels does a tremendous job with the program at Ferris.”
Last season, WMU took 11 out of a possible 12 points in four matchups against a Ferris State team that eventually became National Champion runner-ups.
“The biggest thing that stood out in the games last year was the intensity and how each game came down to one-on-one battles,” said Murray. “It was good hockey. It was intense hockey. Good goaltending and we found a way to win.”
Junior forward Shane Berschbach tallied four points against FSU last season. Fellow junior Chase Balisy and Senior tri-captain Dane Walters added three and two points, respectively.
“I think with the way the game is played now, special teams is always important,” Balisy said. “Whatever team wins the special teams battle each night will have a better chance of winning. If we can keep our penalty-kill going and our power play can keep scoring we’ll be fine.”
Ferris State will bring a five game unbeaten streak into Kalamazoo after taking four points against the University of Michigan last weekend. After losing their first game in Alaska, WMU is on a three game winning streak battling for more points in the final year of the CCHA.