At the least that is what the Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches and UAHHockey.com Preseason Media polls appear to point.
The Beavers, final yr’s common season league champions, have been picked to complete second by the coaches and the media. In the meantime, the Mavericks have been chosen to win the league in each polls, which have been launched Monday, Sept. 25.
MSU garnered 9 first-place votes and ninety factors within the coaches ballot, whereas BSU picked up one first-place vote and eighty one factors. MSU acquired 12 first-place votes and 137 factors within the media ballot. The Beavers collected one hundred fifteen factors.
Senior goaltender Michael Bitzer was chosen to the coaches’ Preseason All-WCHA Workforce and to the media’s Preseason All-WCHA First Staff. Bitzer is the reigning WCHA Participant of the Yr after main the nation in objectives towards common (1.seventy one) and shutouts (6) and ending second in save proportion (.932).
MSU junior defenseman Daniel Brickley was the media’s decide for Preseason WCHA Participant of the Yr. Brickley and teammate, sophomore ahead Marc Michaelis, tied for the coaches’ Preseason Participant of the Yr award with 4 votes apiece. Bitzer and BSU senior ahead Gerry Fitzgerald every acquired one vote for Participant of the Yr by the coaches.
Goaltending and protection will determine into the Beavers’ protection of the MacNaughton Cup this season, BSU head coach Tom Serratore stated. The workforce returns six defensemen that performed in final yr’s playoffs however can be with out numerous distinguished forwards.
“We’re skilled in objective and we’re skilled within the again finish,” Serratore stated. “We did lose some forwards final yr who performed a variety of minutes over the course of 4 years for us in Charlie O’Connor, Brendan Harms, Phil Marinaccio and Nate Arentz. So we have now to exchange these guys they usually’re huge losses… They’re gonna be missed however once more, it is all the time time for someone else to step up.”
Nobody within the WCHA acquired off to a greater begin final yr than Bemidji State. The Beavers started the yr on a eleven-zero-1 run via their first 12 convention video games.
“You need to clearly piggyback that this yr,” Serratore stated of the MacNaughton Cup win. “However it’s a must to have some luck and you must have success early…. We began off robust and I feel once more, the previous adage is, ‘You are not going to win the league in October or November, however you positive can lose it.'”
MSU freshman ahead Jake Jaremko was named Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Yr by the coaches. Beavers freshman ahead Brendan Harris picked up two…