Bemidji State tabbed No. 3/5 in the WCHA preseason polls

Bemidji State tabbed No. 3/5 in the WCHA preseason polls
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Bemidji State tabbed No. 3/5 in the WCHA preseason polls

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches have picked the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to finish third in the Mankato Free Press Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coaches’ poll, while the league’s media has placed the Beavers fifth in the WCHA Preseason Media Poll.

Defending MacNaughton Cup champion, Minnesota State University, Mankato was selected to repeat in both polls, garnering nine of the 10 possible first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and all 10 first-place votes from the media. Bowling Green picked up the only other first-place vote in the coaches’ poll to hold down the second spot in both polls.

The same five schools – Minnesota State, Bowling Green, Northern Michigan, Bemidji State and Michigan Tech – finished among the top five spots in both the coaches’ and media polls. Bemidji State was the difference-maker placed third, ahead of Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech, by the coaches, while the Wildcats and Huskies finished ahead of the Beavers in the media poll.

Bemidji State received 63 points in the coaches’ poll to sit 19 points behind BGSU (82) in third and 62 points in the media poll to follow the Falcons (68) six points behind in fifth.

Minnesota State’s senior forward Marc Michaelis was selected as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year by WCHA coaches after tallying 42 points (19g-23a) overall to rank second on the team in scoring a year ago, while 24 points (10g-14a) in league play. 

Mankato Free Press WCHA Men’s Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk        Team (1st place votes)     Points
1.           Minnesota State (9)           90
2.         Bowling Green (1)             82
3.         Bemidji State                    63
4.         Northern Michigan           61
5.         Michigan Tech                 59
6.         Lake Superior State         58
7.         Alaska                                39
8.         Ferris State                       38
9.         Alabama Huntsville            30
10.        Alaska Anchorage             29

Predicted order of finish. Based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Marc Michaelis, Sr., F, Minnesota State (8 votes)

Others receiving votes: Parker Tuomie, Sr., F, Minnesota State (1)

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year
Nathan Smith, Fr., F, Minnesota State (8 votes)


Others receiving votes: Colby Bukes, Fr., D, Minnesota State (1); Samuel Solensky, Fr., F, Bemidji State (1)

Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forwards
Marc Michaelis, Sr., Minnesota State (10); Parker Tuomie, Sr., Minnesota State (9); Brandon Kruse, Jr., Bowling Green (6)

Defense
Philip Beaulieu, Sr., Northern Michigan (9); Alec Rauhauser, Sr., Bowling Green (5)

Goaltender
Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (9)

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically by position): F - Max Johnson, Jr., Bowling Green (3); Brian Halonen, So., Michigan Tech (1); Max Humitz, Sr., Lake Superior State (1); D - Connor Mackey, Jr., Minnesota State (4); Collin Saccoman, Sr., Lake Superior State (1); Ian Scheid, Sr., Minnesota State (1); G - Matt Jurusik, Sr., Michigan Tech (1)


WCHA Men’s Hockey Preseason Media Poll
Rk         Team (1st place votes)     Points
1.           Minnesota State (13)         100
2.         Bowling Green (1)               89
3.         Northern Michigan (5)         72
4.         Michigan Tech (2)              68
5.         Bemidji State                      62
6.         Lake Superior State           57
7.         Ferris State                       37
8.         Alaska                               27
9.         Alabama Huntsville           26
10.        Alaska Anchorage             12

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Marc Michaelis, Sr., F, Minnesota State

Others receiving votes:  Brandon Kruse, Jr., F, Bowling Green (10); Philip Beaulieu, Sr., D, Northern Michigan (8); Max Johnson, Jr., F, Bowling Green (8); Dryden McKay, So., G, Minnesota State (5); Parker Tuomie, Sr., F, Minnesota State (3)

Based on a 3-2-1 scale.

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year
Nathan Smith, F, Minnesota State (24)

Others receiving votes:   Jett Jungels, F, Northern Michigan (5); Dallas Tulik, F, Ferris State (5); Blake Pietila, G, Michigan Tech (4); Hank Sorenson, F, Northern Michigan (4); Ryan Sandelin, F, Minnesota State (3); Cade Borchert, F, Minnesota State (3); Logan Pietila, F, Michigan Tech (3); T.J. Lloyd, D, Bowling Green (2); Mason Palmer, D, Northern Michigan (2); Parker Saretsky, F, Michigan Tech (1); Louis Boudon, F, Lake Superior State (1); Cameron Babiak, D, Bowling Green (1); Dustin Manz, F, Lake Superior State (1); Samuel Solensky, F, Bemidji State (1)

Based on a 3-2-1 scale.

Preseason All-WCHA Team (Votes)
Forwards: Marc Michaelis, Sr., Minnesota State (9); Parker Tuomie, Sr., Minnesota State (8); Brandon Kruse, Jr., Bowling Green (6)

Defensemen: Philip Beaulieu, Sr., D, Northern Michigan (9); Alec Rauhauser, Sr., D, Bowling Green (8)

Goaltender: Dryden McKay, So., Minnesota State (9)

Others receiving votes: F - Max Johnson, Jr., Bowling Green (5); Max Humitz, Sr., Lake Superior State (2); D - Collin Saccoman, Sr., Lake Superior State (2); Seamus Donohue, Jr., Michigan Tech (1); G - Zach Driscoll, Jr., Bemidji State (1)

The voting board for the 2019-20 WCHA Media Poll consisted of one media representative from each Men's League market.

The Beavers finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-17-6, placed fifth in the WCHA with a 13-11-4-2 mark and made their ninth consecutive appearance in the WCHA postseason. Senior defender Justin Baudry earned a spot as a member of the All-WCHA Second Team, Owen Sillinger was selected to the league’s all-rookie team and 15 BSU student-athletes were recognized with 2018-19 WCHA All-Academic awards.

The Beavers host St. Cloud State University at 7:07 p.m. Oct. 11 at Sanford Center to kick off the team's 16-game 2019-20 regular-season home schedule.

Single-game tickets are on sale now for all 16 of BSU’s home games. Stop by the Sanford Center Box Office or call (218) 441-4032 for more information. To order online, visit www.ticketmaster.com .

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University 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).

(Portions of this release courtesy the WCHA)

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