Lerg Named to CCHA Preseason Team

Michigan State senior goaltender Jeff Lerg was named to the CCHA Preseason All-Conference first team for the third straight year as the teams were announced today in Grand Rapids. Lerg, who will captain the Spartans this year, went 24-12 with a 2.22 GAA last year. He tied Notre Dame forward Erik Condra with nine first place votes among the ballots of the league’s 12 coaches.

Senior forward Tim Crowder and sophomore defenseman Jeff Petry were named to the second team. Crowder, a Pittsburgh draft pick, racked up 38 points last year playing on a line with Justin Abdelkader and Tim Kennedy, who both left for the NHL. Petry was named to the All-CCHA Rookie Team last year after finishing with 24 points.

In other news, the Spartans were picked third in the CCHA media poll behind Michigan and Notre Dame. The league coaches poll has MSU finishing fifth behind Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami (OH) and Northern Michigan.

The Polls

Coaches Poll:

1. Notre Dame
2. Michigan
3. Miami
4. Northern Michigan
5. Michigan State
6. Ferris State
7. Ohio State
8. Nebraska-Omaha
9. Bowling Green
10. Lake Superior State
T-11. Alaska
T-11. Western Michigan

Media Poll:

1. Michigan
2. Notre Dame
3. Michigan State
4. Miami
5. Northern Michigan
6. Ferris State
7. Bowling Green
8. Nebraska-Omaha
9. Ohio State
10. Lake Superior State
11. Alaska
12. Western Michigan

MSU holds its media day tomorrow at Munn Ice Arena.

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One Response to “Lerg Named to CCHA Preseason Team”

  1. Matthew Fazio
    October 2, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    It is a shame that Jeff Lerg is only 5-6, if he were about 4 inches taller he would be a big time NHL prospect. He has all the intangibles to be a goalie at the next level, but unfortunately does not have the size. 5-6 is really a restriction for a goalie, not like 5-9 forward because because Martin St. Louis and Patrick Kane have shattered that barrier. Maybe Jeff Lerg will be the first 5-6 goaltender in the NHL. I wish him the best of luck this upcoming year and with whatever comes his way in the future.