Minnesota State Expected to Win WCHA
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota State is the heavy 2017-18 favorite in the WCHA, according to preseason polls by the coaches and media.
Predictions on the final standings by coaches and media mirrored each other, led by a Mavericks team that has 122 victories since Mike Hastings took the reins prior to the 2012-13 season. Minnesota State, which also owns two MacNaughton Cups (2014-15 and 2015-16 as co-champs) and a pair of Broadmoor Trophies (2014 and 2015) in that span, received all nine possible first-place votes from coaches and 12 of 14 from the media.
Defending MacNaughton Cup champion Bemidji State received the other coaches’ first-place vote and is in second place in both poll. The Beavers are followed by reigning Broadmoor Trophy champion Michigan Tech (one media first-place vote) in third.
WCHA Coaches Poll
1. Minnesota State (9)
2. Bemidji State (1)
3. Michigan Tech
4. Bowling Green
5. Ferris State
6. Lake Superior State
7. Northern Michigan
Preseason WCHA Player of the Year (Coaches may vote for their own player)
Daniel Brickley, Jr., D, Minnesota State (4) and Marc Michaelis, So., F, Minnesota State (4)
Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year (Coaches may vote for their own player)
Jake Jaremko, F, Minnesota State (4 votes)
Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forwards: Marc Michaelis, So., Minnesota State; C.J. Suess, Sr., Minnesota State; Mitch McLain, Sr., Bowling Green
Defensemen: Daniel Brickley, Jr., Minnesota State; Mark Auk, Sr., Michigan Tech
Goaltender: Michael Bitzer, Sr., Bemidji State