The Michigan hockey team was picked to finish 4th in the CCHA by both members of the media and the CCHA coaches today. If that comes to fruition, it would mark the lowest that Michigan has finished in the conference since the 1989-90 season, which is the last year that we didn't make the NCAA Tournament.
The coaches picked Miami (OH) to finish in the top slot, while the media went with defending NCAA Champion Michigan State (did that really happen?). Somehow, four members of the media voted Michigan in the top slot, which basically means that either they aren't paying attention or they know of Michigan's secret plan to stick Marty Turco in a #36 jersey and just tell everyone that he's been practicing.
Kevin Porter, who I'll be previewing today at some point, was voted onto the Preseason All-CCHA First Team. His classmate Chad Kolarik was a Second-Team forward. Defenseman Mark Mitera was honored as an All-CCHA Honorable Mention.
And since goalie fights are always fun, here's Rick DiPietro vs. Al Montoya from last night. This one doesn't go so well for Al. I don't think that he was afraid to take his mask off, as the announcers were implying. I think he just forgot. It seemed like he didn't really know what to do, which surprises me.