BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team earned 16 points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll to finish fifth in the standings.
Three-time defending regular season champion University of Wisconsin and reigning league playoff winner University of Minnesota each collected 33 points to finish atop the poll consisting of votes from the WCHA’s seven head coaches.
Ohio State University, which set a school record with 24 wins in 2017-18 en route to its first-ever NCAA tournament and Frozen Four appearance, placed third with 24 points. The Buckeyes edged out University of Minnesota Duluth (23 points), which returns five of its top six scorers and welcomes back U.S. Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney in net. The Bulldogs were followed by the Beavers while St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University Mankato round out the poll.
2018-19 WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
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Minnesota Duluth redshirt junior Maddie Rooney was selected as the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year after backstopping the U.S. Olympic Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in 2018 while Minnesota’s freshman Taylor Heise was tabbed the WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year.
The Beavers are set to begin the 2018-19 season Sept. 28-29 when they host two-time defending national champions, No. 1 Clarkson University at Sanford Center.
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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).