FSU hockey team departs for Tampa, Frozen Four

6:30 AM, Apr 4, 2012   |    comments
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  • Ferris State's hockey team is ranked number one in America.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) - For the first time in the program's 64-year history, the Ferris State hockey team has advanced to the "Frozen Four."

Tuesday the players left for Tampa where they hope to capture two wins and bring a national championship back to Big Rapids.

"It's a great feeling," said Taylor Nelson, Bulldogs' senior goaltender. "It's been a ling time coming and it will be a very special moment for the program."

The team boarded a bus in Big Rapids Tuesday which took them to Gerald R. Ford International Airport where they took a charter flight to Tampa.

"We have one more weekend of playoff hockey and for our seniors it'll be the last two games of college hockey, so it's really special that we go out on a great note," said Chad Billins, Ferris' senior defenseman.

The Ferris State hockey team is so focussed on the task at hand they have yet to really reflect on all the history they've accomplished this season.

"For us, it's more important what's right in front of us," said Bob Daniels, Ferris State's head hockey coach. "We don't want to take too much time dwelling on what's in the rear view mirror."

Ferris faces the Dutchman from Union College of New York Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm. If the Bulldogs win, they'll face either Minnesota or Boston College Saturday night for college hockey's national championship.

By Brent Ashcroft

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