EDINA, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team was voted to finish fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) 2016-17 standings, as voted on by WCHA coaches.
Defending league regular season and back-to-back playoff champion University of Wisconsin is the preseason pick of conference coaches to finish atop the women’s WCHA standings in 2016-17. The Badgers edged out defending national champion University of Minnesota in the poll of the eight WCHA head coaches.
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Wisconsin (6) 48
2 Minnesota (2) 44
3 North Dakota 36
4 Minnesota Duluth 30
5 Bemidji State 27
6 St. Cloud State 16
7 Ohio State 13
8 Minnesota State 10
(note: coaches could not vote for their own teams in the poll and points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system)
Wisconsin’s Ann Renee Desbiens was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year while three players received two votes apiece and tied as the choice for preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year. Minnesota forward Lindsay Agnew, along with Wisconsin forwards Presley Norby and Abby Roque. Ohio State University defenseman Jincy Dunne and University of North Dakota forward Ryleigh Houston each received one vote.
The Beavers look to improve on a record setting season last year as Bemidji State set program records in wins (22) and hosted their first ever home playoff series.
Bemidji State opens the 2016-17 season on the road at Syracuse University, Sep. 30 and Oct. 1, before returning home for its conference opening series with Minnesota.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).