BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State will head into the holiday break as one of the nation's top two teams as the Bulldogs climbed to second nationally this week in both major college hockey polls.
The Bulldogs, who have a nation-leading and school-record tying 15-game unbeaten streak (12-0-3), are currently second in both the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine National Polls released on Monday. FSU moved up two spots from fourth a week ago in both listings.
This week's No. 2 national ranking represents the Bulldogs' highest placing in the poll since finishing second overall in the final 2011-12 USCHO.com poll announced after FSU's historic appearance in the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.Ferris State is listed right behind Minnesota in both national polls. The Gophers attained 32 first-place votes and 978 total points in leading the USCHO listing with the Bulldogs right behind with 914 points. FSU also had 12 first-place votes.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine listing, Minnesota tallied 28 first-place mentions and 503 total points while the Bulldogs compiled 442 points and picked up two first-place votes.
Ferris State moved past Big Ten member Michigan in both rankings as the Wolverines are third in both polls followed by St. Cloud State and Providence in the top five of both polls. FSU and Michigan battled to a 2-2 overtime tie this past Wednesday night at Yost Ice Arena.
Ferris State is one of three WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 18th-ranked Lake Superior State and 20th-ranked Minnesota State. FSU is the lone WCHA member school found in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Lake Superior State earning votes.
FSU previously was ranked as high as number one in the country in the USCHO poll during the memorable 2011-12 season in which Ferris State eventually reached the NCAA Frozen Four and the national championship game.
With the win on Saturday against Michigan State, Ferris State became the nation's first collegiate team to reach 14 victories this year as the Bulldogs are now 14-2-3 overall this season. They also own a 10-0-2 mark in their debut season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) with a first-place lead at the break. FSU has captured 22 of a possible 24 points to date in league action this season.
The Bulldogs also feature the nation's winningest goaltender in junior CJ Motte, who increased his nation-leading mark to 14-0-3 in net this season with the tie against Michigan and the shutout win against MSU. His 17-game unbeaten start is a school-record and the longest streak in the country.
Ferris State will return to action on Jan. 3-4 as the Bulldogs take part in the prestigious Mariucci Classic hosted by top-ranked Minnesota. FSU will square off against Rennsselaer in the opening contest on Jan. 3, at Minneapolis. FSU will then face either host Minnesota or Colgate the following night on Saturday, Jan. 4, at a time to be announced.