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Preseason Top 16: #5 Michigan


Last Season

The Wolverines finished in a tie for second in the CCHA and followed that up with a runner up finish in the CCHA tournament. The Wolverines earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament but were upset in the first round by Cornell.

It was the best of times….

Michigan was struggling at the start of CCHA play, but permanently turned their season around with a 9 game unbeaten streak, including 2 nonconference games over Boston College and Michigan State. In all the Wolverines went from 4-6-2 in the league to 8-6-4 in the CCHA.

It was the worst of times…

Immediately preceding th...

Preseason Top 16: #7 Western Michigan

Last Season

The Broncos overcame a bit of a slow start (4-4-2 in their first 10 games) in the CCHA to finish in a tie for second in the CCHA regular season and then capped it off with a CCHA tournament championship. As a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament Western lost their opening game to North Dakota.

It was the best of times….

Western tied and won in a home and home against Ferris State to move into that second place tie in the CCHA, then swept Lake State in the first round of the CCHA playoffs before very convincing 5-2 and 6-2 wins over Miami and Michigan in the tournament semifinals and championship.

I...

Preseason Top 16: #10 Ferris State


 

Last Season

The Bulldogs had a dream season last year, winning the CCHA regular season title and advancing to the program's first Frozen Four. The Bulldogs defeated Union in the semifinals before losing to Boston College in the national championship game.

It was the best of times….

It has to be the first Frozen Four win in the history of the program. Union controlled play in much of the first two periods, but Ferris State made the most of their chances, scoring three unanswered goals to win it. The key goal came when Troy Grosenick gave up a rare easy rebound that was capitalized on by Kyle Bonis to...

Preseason Top 16: #13 Ohio State

Last Season

The Buckeyes burst out of the gates, going 14-4-1 in 2011 but just 1-11-4 the rest of the way (you read that correctly). Their season culminated with a first round CCHA playoff loss to Notre Dame

It was the best of times….

These next two sections should be fairly easy. The Buckeyes had a 11 game unbeaten streak from October 21 to December 3rd, tying in only one of those games.

It was the worst of times…

Pretty much the entire second half of the season was a disaster for Ohio State, suffering through a 11 game winless streak. Other than a February 11 win over Western Michigan...

Preseason Top 16: #14 Miami

 

Last Season

Miami was once again one of the preseason favorites to make the Frozen Four, but finished 4th in the CCHA (though they did allow fewer goals than any other team in the conference). Miami made the CCHA tournament semifinals, but lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to UMass-Lowell.

It was the best of times….

When Miami finished the regular season with a six game winning streak. The last four of those were wins over Ohio State and Michigan State that helped the Redhawks to their fourth place finish in the league. The winning streak stretched to 8 with two wins over Michigan State in...

Preseason Top 16: #16 Lake Superior State

The preseason top 16 is back! For those of you new to the rankings, I stick with 16 teams because 16 teams make the NCAA Tournament. Today we lead off the rankings with our #16 team, the Lake Superior State Lakers

Last Season

The Lakers burst out of the gates with 7 wins in their first 8 games, including sweeps over Michigan State and perennial CCHA power Miami. With a surprising offensive attack, the Lakers were ranked among the nation's elite. But as the offense dried up, so did the wins: Lake State finished 8th in the CCHA in scoring offense, scoring just 2.54 goals per game. And after a tremendous Freshman season by goaltender Ke...

Where Are They Now? Jeff Tambellini

Jeff Tambellini has succeeded at every level of hockey.

Except one.

Jeff Tambellini is the epitome of what baseball scouts would call a 4A player; too good for Triple-A but not good enough to stick in the ‘big leagues’. His junior career began in 1999, at the tender age of 15. He joined the Port Coquitlam Buckaroos of Pacific International Junior Hockey League (PIJHL). The league is stationed near Vancouver, British Columbia. He had 31 goals in his only season with the Buckaroos, netting him a multitude of honors including Rookie Of The Year.

After the 1999-00, he went on to play two seasons with the Chiliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League. This was an ‘A’ level league and brought Tambellini that much closer to his goal of becoming a professional hockey player. After an average 2000-01 season, his next campaign blew away any of his wildest dreams.