BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team earned 16 points in the 2021-22 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll to tie for sixth with St. Cloud State University. Defending national champions University of Wisconsin was voted to finish first after earning seven-of-eight first-place votes.
2021-22 WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
|2.||Ohio State (1)||40|
|T6.||St. Cloud State||16|
( ) First-Place Votes
In individual awards, Wisconsin's fifth-year forward Daryl Watts was predicted to follow up her 2021 Player of the Year honor with three votes as the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year. Minnesota forward Peyton Hemp and Wisconsin's Marianne Picard and Sarah Wozniewicz each received two votes to share WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year.
Bemidji State will look to improve from a 2-16-2, 2020-21 season and will begin its 2021-22 campaign Oct. 1-2 with a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with new league member University of St. Thomas.
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).