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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Lake Superior gets no respect from CCHA coaches or media!

Today at the CCHA media day activities in beautiful Detroit, Michigan the LSSU Lakers were picked by both the coaches and media to finish 11th of 12 teams in the CCHA this season.

First year head coach Jim Roque says he is, “Very excited to be coaching in a great league." and that, "We look forward to a great season in Sault Sainte Marie, we have a lot of challenges in front of us, but we look forward to it. "

When asked about the outlook for his team this year Roque said "Our team returns a lot of experience. Obviously we have a proven goaltender in Jeff Jakaitis, and I think our defense is sound. I think our biggest challenge is to score goals. We feel some guys throughout our line-up have that kind ability, I think they just need to be given the opportunity to try and showcase their ability to score some goals. That will be one of our biggest challenges without giving up some of the defensive play we have had over the past few years. "

Lake Superior State goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was the only Laker mentioned in the preseason Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Conference Team poll. Jakaitis earned three first team votes securing him a spot in the honorable mention category.

For video of coach Roque click here

Coaches Poll
1. Ohio State (11) 121
2. Michigan (1) 108
3. Northern Michigan 96
4. Michigan State 93
5. Nebraska-Omaha 78
6. Miami 69
7. Alaska Fairbanks 65
8. Bowling Green State 50
9. Notre Dame 36
10. Ferris State 28
11. Lake Superior State 23
12. Western Michigan 22

Media Poll
1. Ohio State (45) 622
2. Michigan (7) 581
3. Northern Michigan (1) 494
4. Michigan State (1) 432
5. Nebraska-Omaha 380
6. Alaska Fairbanks 372
7. Miami 368
8. Bowling Green State 300
9. Notre Dame 196
10. Western Michigan 179
11. Lake Superior State 159
12. Ferris State 112

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