(EAST LANSING) -- MSU dominated the all-CCHA first team with three Spartans selected for top honors. Senior defensemen Brad Fast and John-Michael Liles were tabbed as the starting blue line combination and were joined by sophomore forward Jim Slater.
Goaltender Mike Brown, a sophomore and senior forward Chris Kunitz of Ferris State along with junior forward R. J. Umberger of Ohio State rounded out the CCHA's top honors.
Three other Ferris State players were named to the second team, while Jeff Tambellini of Michigan was the lone Wolverine named to the squad.
The Bulldogs, who were picked to finish as low as ninth in the 12-team league, are surprisingly atop the conference with a 22-5-1 mark and stand at 27-8-1 overall.
MSU, after a slow start under new coach Rick Comley, has picked it up a bit and now stands fourth in the conference with a 17-10-1 mark and 21-13-2 overall record.
State appears to be peaking at the right time with wins in five of their last seven starts. They will host Alaska-Fairbanks in the opening round of the CCHA tournament. Last year, MSU swept UAF out of the CCHA playoffs.
The Nanooks, who have never defeated a Rick Comley-coached team, will try to buck that trend when they face the 15th ranked Spartans at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing Friday.
FRESHMAN HONORS: Freshman forward David Booth was named to the 2002-03 Bauer/CCHA All-Rookie Team. Booth finished 13th in the conference in scoring with 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists.