It finally happened: Michigan Tech got a first-place vote. Not only did Bemidji only get nine first-place votes this week, the tenth vote was for fourth place. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Formerly-dead-last-in-the-country Princeton had not won an NCAA game until they traveled to and swept Bemidji, who were previously #3 in the country and have now dropped to hanging-on-for-dear-life #15.
Notably, though, the standings of our poll have not actually changed. Lake Superior nearly managed to pass Ferris State this week, and a solid performance next week against Bowling Green could seal that deal. More importantly, however, look to the games between Bemidji and Michigan Tech to be the real fight of the week as the Huskies set out to get revenge on a Beaver side that single-handedly screwed up the PWR of every WCHA team with hopes of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
|1||Bemidji State (9)||97||1||11-4-1||2.9||1||4|
|2||Michigan Tech (1)||89||2||9-6-3||2.3||1||3|
This poll is voted on by a panel of media members representing each program in the WCHA. A first place vote is worth 10 points, a second place vote is worth 9 points and so on. You can find information about each of the voters in the grid below:
|Team||Name||Publication/Media Outlet||Twitter Handle|
|UAH||Geof Morris||UAH Hockey||@gfmorris|
|UA||Brad Joyal||Fairbanks Daily News||@BradJoyal|
|UAA||Kari Bustamante||KTUU Anchorage||@karibusta|
|BSU||Jack Hittinger||Bemidji Pioneer||@jackhitts|
|LSSU||Bill Crawford||WCHA.TV voice of the Lakers||None|
|MTU||Tim Braun||Tech Hockey Guide||@TBraunTHG|
|MSU||Shane Frederick||Mankato Free Press||@puckato|
|NMU||Ryan Stieg||Mining Journal||@RyanStieg|
Cover photo courtesy of Ryan Johnson.