BLOOMINGTON, Minn — The preseason polls were released today during the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Media Day. The Mankato Free Press Coaches’ Poll saw Lake Superior State picked to finish 7th, while the UAHHockey.com Media Poll had the Lakers pegged at 8th place.
Minnesota State was selected to take home the MacNaughton Cup, awarded to the regular season champion, in both polls. The Mavericks received 7 of a possible 9 first place votes in the Coaches’ Poll (coaches do not vote for their own team), while Northern Michigan earned two and Michigan Tech received one vote.
The Media Poll saw 13 of 19 first place votes given to Minnesota State, while Bowling Green captured five and Northern Michigan picked up one.
In addition to the polls, the preseason teams and WCHA Players of the Year were named. Northern Michigan had the Player of the Year from both polls — Adam Rockwood in the Coaches’ Poll and Troy Loggins in the Media Poll.
No Lakers were named to either preseason All-WCHA team, though goaltender Nick Kossoff did receive votes for the media’s team.
The results of the polls are as follows (numbers in parentheses indicate first place votes):
UAHHockey.com Media Poll
- Minnesota State (13) – 182 pts.
- Bowling Green State (1) -159 pts.
- Northern Michigan (5) – 150 pts.
- Michigan Tech – 133 pts.
- Bemidji State – 110 pts.
- Ferris State – 102 pts.
- Alabama Huntsville – 69 pts.
- Lake Superior State – 57 pts.
- Alaska – 47 pts.
- Alaska Anchorage – 28 pts.
Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- Minnesota State (7) – 88 pts.
- Northern Michigan (2) – 80 pts.
- Bowling Green – 76 pts.
- Michigan Tech (1) – 64 pts.
- Bemidji State – 54 pts.
- Ferris State – 49 pts.
- Lake Superior State – 40 pts.
- Alaska – 36 pts.
- Alabama Huntsville – 35 pts.
- Alaska Anchorage – 18 pts.
Both polls are based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. As mentioned, coaches did not vote for their own team in the Coaches’ Poll.
The full release from the WCHA may be found here: http://www.wcha.com/men/articles/2018/09/minnesota-state-picked-to-repeat-as-wcha-regular-season-champion.php