Beavers picked to finish fifth by WCHA coaches

Beavers picked to finish fifth by WCHA coaches
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Beavers picked to finish fifth by WCHA coaches

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).