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CCHA announces pre-season polls

Jim Roque with FSN's Shireen Saski during CCHA Media Day at JLA

Sept. 27, 2006

DETROIT - The 2006-07 Lake Superior State hockey team was picked to finish 10th in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association by league coaches and media. The CCHA polls and pre-season all-conference team were announced Wednesday during CCHA Media Day held in the Olympia Room at Joe Louis Arena.

Coaches comments made during the 2006-07 CCHA Media Day can be seen on a tape-delay webcast by visiting

LSSU returns 12 players from last year's squad, which surprised pollsters and tied for sixth in the standings after being ranked in the bottom tier during the pre-season.

Laker senior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named to the CCHA Pre-Season Second Team. Michigan State netminder Jeff Lerg was the first-team selection.

CCHA Coaches Poll
1. Michigan State (7), 117
2. Michigan (1), 108
3. Miami (4), 107
4. Ohio State, 84
5. Nebraska-Omaha, 75
6. Notre Dame, 62
7. Alaska, 60
8. Northern Michigan, 59
9. Ferris State, 55
10. Lake Superior State, 30
11. Bowling Green State, 18
12. Western Michigan, 17

Media Poll
1. Michigan (26), 845
2. Michigan State (38), 844
3. Miami (13), 800
4. Northern Michigan, 570
5. Nebraska-Omaha, 539
6. Ohio State, 514
7. Ferris State, 437
8. Notre Dame, 403
9. Alaska, 390
10. Lake Superior State, 379
11. Bowling Green State, 158
12. Western Michigan, 127

CCHA Pre-Season First Team
Forward: Scott Parse (UNO); T.J. Hensick (U-M); Nathan Davis (Miami)
Defense: Matt Hunwick (U-M); Jack Johnson (U-M)
Goaltender: Jeff Lerg (MSU)

CCHA Pre-Season Second Team
Forward: Ryan Jones (Miami); Jonathan Matsumoto (BGSU); Kevin Porter (U-M)
Defense: Mitch Ganzak (Miami); Tyler Howells (MSU)
Goaltender: Jeff Jakaitis (LSSU)

Honorable mention: Sean Collins (OSU); Charlie Effinger (Miami); Wes O'Neill (ND); Tyler Eckford (Alaska); Darin Olver (NMU); Andrew Cogliano (U-M); Jeff Zatkoff (Miami)

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