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Notre Dame Picked To Finish Third By CCHA Coaches And Media

Sept. 25, 2007

Detroit, Mich. - The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) opened the 2007-08 college hockey season with its annual Media Day at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

The conference announced its annual coaches and media preseason polls along with a preseason all-CCHA team. In the polls ranking the teams, the Irish were picked to finish third by both the league's coaches and the media that covers the conference on a regular basis. The Irish received 105 points from the coaches, including one first-place vote. That put Notre Dame eight points behind second-place Michigan State (113) and nine behind first-place Miami (114) in the coaches' poll. The Irish had a 13-point edge on fourth place Michigan.

In the media voting, Notre Dame recorded 656 points, including 13 first-place votes and picked for third behind first-place Michigan State (701 points, 25 first-place votes) and second-place Miami as the RedHawks had 667 points with 21 first-place votes. Michigan rounded out the top four in the media voting with 596 points, including four for first place.

The actual results of both polls:

CCHA Coaches Poll (1st)	  Points	Media Poll (1st)            Points
  1. Miami (5)              114     1. Michigan State (25)        701
  2. Michigan State (6)     113     2. Miami (21)                 667
  3. NOTRE DAME (1)         105     3. NOTRE DAME (13)            656
  4. Michigan                92     4. Michigan (4)               596
  5. Ohio State              77     5. Ohio State                 414
  6. Nebraska-Omaha          68     6. Nebraska-Omaha             412
  7. Lake Superior           52     7. Western Michigan           352
  8. Northern Michigan       48     8. Ferris State               279
  9. Ferris State            44     9. Lake Superior State        270
 10. Western Michigan        41    10. Northern Michigan          248
 11. Alaska                  25    11. Alaska                     212
 12. Bowling Green           13    12. Bowling Green              108

The CCHA coaches also selected preseason all-Conference teams for the `07-'08 campaign and three Notre Dame players were selected. Leading the way was sophomore defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) who was named to the first team. A CCHA all-rookies selection as a freshman, Lawson received five first-team votes and a total of 37 points overall. He had four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and was +21 overall last season. Junior right wing Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) was joined on the second team by sophomore linemate, left wing Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.). Condra had five first-team votes and a total of 39 points while Thang received no first-team votes but got 20 points overall. An honorable mention all-CCHA selection last season, Condra led the Irish in scoring last season and was sixth in the conference with 14 goals and 34 assists for 48 points. His +30 total led the CCHA. Thang, who was one of three Irish freshmen named to the CCHA all-rookie team, was second on the Irish in scoring (20g-21a-41 pts.) while leading the team with 10 power-play goals and six game winners. His 20 goals made him the fifth Notre Dame freshman to score 20 or more goals in a season and his 41 points tied him for eighth among Notre Dame freshmen all-time. Miami led the way with four players, followed by Notre Dame (3), Michigan State (2), Michigan (2), Alaska (1) and Ohio State (1). Michigan State goaltender Jeff Lerg and Miami forward Nathan Davis were the lone unanimous choices.

2007-08 CCHA Preseason First Team
Pos. Player            Yr.    School          First   Points
F    Nathan Davis      Sr.    Miami            11       55
F    Kevin Porter      Sr.    Michigan          8       49
F    Ryan Jones        Sr.    Miami             7       47
D    Alec Martinez     Jr.    Miami             7       45
D    Kyle Lawson       So.    NOTRE DAME        5       41
D    Jason DeSantis    Jr.    Ohio State        3       31
G    Jeff Lerg         Jr.    Michigan State   11       55

2007-08 CCHA Preseason Second Team Pos. Player Yr. School First Points F Tim Kennedy Jr. Michigan State 5 43 F Erik Condra Jr. NOTRE DAME 5 39 F Ryan Thang So. NOTRE DAME 0 20 F Chad Kolarik Sr. Michigan 0 20 D Tyler Eckford Sr. Alaska 4 33 D Jason DeSantis Jr. Ohio State 3 31 G Jeff Zatkoff Jr. Miami 1 35

Honorable mention (next six point totals, regardless of position with first team votes in parentheses): Mitch Ganzak, Sr., Miami, D, (2) 20; Justin Abdelkader, Jr., Michigan State, F, 18; Mark Mitera, Jr., Michigan, D, 15; Bryan Lerg, Sr., Michigan State, 14; Riley Gill, So., Western Michigan, G, 10; Jeff LoVecchio, Jr. Western Michigan, F, 9; Eddie Del Grosso, Nebraska-Omaha, (1) 9; Juha Uotila, Jr., Nebraska-Omaha, D, (1), 9.



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