WCHA announces preseason polls, awards, all-conference team


By @MichaelCaples –

The WCHA is getting the 2017-18 college hockey season underway with media events today, starting with the preseason polls and awards.

Coaches’ poll:

  1. Minnesota State
  2. Bemidji State
  3. Michigan Tech
  4. Bowling Green
  5. Ferris State
  6. Lake Superior State
  7. Northern Michigan
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama Huntsville
  10. Alaska Anchorage

 

Media poll:

  1. Minnesota State
  2. Bemidji State
  3. Michigan Tech
  4. Bowling Green
  5. Ferris State
  6. Lake Superior State
  7. Northern Michigan
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama Huntsville
  10. Alaska Anchorage

 

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year:

Daniel Brickley, Jr., D, Minnesota State

Others receiving votes: Marc Michaelis, So., F, Minnesota State; Mitch McLain, Sr., F, Bowling Green; Michael Bitzer, Sr., G, Bemidji State

 

Preseason All-WCHA First Team:

Forwards: Mitch McLain, Sr., Bowling Green; Marc Michaelis, So., Minnesota State; Corey Mackin, Jr., Ferris State

Defensemen: Daniel Brickley, Jr., Minnesota State; Kurt Gosselin, Jr., Alabama Huntsville

Goaltender: Michael Bitzer, Sr., Bemidji State

 

Preseason All-WCHA Second Team:

Forwards: Gerry Fitzgerald, Sr., Bemidji State; C.J. Suess, Sr., Minnesota State; Joel L’Esperance, Sr., Michigan Tech

Defensemen: Mitch Reinke, So., Michigan Tech; Mark Auk, Sr., Michigan Tech

Goaltender: Atte Tolvanen, Jr., Northern Michigan

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically by position): Forwards – Kyle Bauman, Sr., Bemidji State; Gavin Gould, So., Michigan Tech; J.T. Henke, Sr., Lake Superior State; Max Humitz, So., Lake Superior State; Brad McClure, Sr., Minnesota State; Tyler Spezia, Sr., Bowling Green. Defensemen – Clint Lewis, Sr., Minnesota State; Alec Rauhauser, So., Bowling Green; Joe Rutkowski, So., Ferris State; Collin Saccoman, So., Lake Superior State; Ian Scheid, So., Minnesota State; David Trinkberger, So., Alaska Anchorage; Zach Whitecloud, So., Bemidji State; Justin Woods, Sr., Alaska. Goaltenders – Justin Kapelmaster, So., Ferris State; Olivier Mantha, Sr., Alaska Anchorage; Jason Pawloski, Jr., Minnesota State.

 

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