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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Petry gets a little help from his friends

Farmington Hills native Jeff Petry apparently is well liked by a LOT of people.

Named Wednesday to the All-CCHA Second Team by a vote of the league's coaches — along with two of his Michigan State teammates — the Orchard Lake St. Mary's graduate is far better appreciated by the fans. The son of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry, the junior defenseman was among the leaders in the first phase of fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award, which closed on Sunday.

Through the end of February, Petry had ranked third with 7,539 votes, behind only Union forward Mario-Valery Trabucco and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute defenseman Dan Ringwald, but the MSU product was not among the top five vote-getters announced Monday. Results from the initial phase of fan voting will be combined with ballots from college hockey's coaches to determine the top 10 finalists for college hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy. That list, due out March 18, will kick off the second phase of fan voting, helping narrow the field down to a hat trick of the final three candidates.

The Hobey Baker winner will be announced April 9 at the Frozen Four tournament, which will be held at Ford Field in Detroit this year.

Petry has appeared in every game the Spartans have played in his three-year career, earning All-CCHA Freshman Team honors, then preseason All-CCHA Second Team honors last year. MSU junior forward Corey Tropp, the league's top power-play producer, and sophomore goalie Drew Palmisano, who was third in CCHA play in goals-against average (2.21), were also honored on the Second Team.

Ferris State defenseman Zach Redmond, who tied for the league lead in goals scored by a defenseman, also made the Second Team, while Northern Michigan juniors Mark Olver and Erik Gustafsson were among those who earned First Team honors.

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