WCHA Web Media Poll Analysis: Week 22

After letting their series against Alaska turn into a pair of grind-it-out games with single-point margins of victory, Michigan Tech was unseated by a Minnesota State side that had an easier time with the relatively-stronger Alaska-Anchorage. Across the league, however, rankings stayed the same for every squad (note: our points are a bit deflated this week as we only received 9 of our usual 10 ballots).

Mike Neville puts a goal past Alaska netminder Jesse Jenks on Feb 26th, 2016. Photo credit Bob Gireath.

Mike Neville puts a goal past Alaska netminder Jesse Jenks on Feb 26th, 2016. Photo credit Bob Gireath.

As this is the last WCHA poll of the season, all that matters at the end of this week is the official rankings and the WCHA selection. Tech Hockey Guide's David Heiden will have complete weekend coverage for you later today, in which he'll touch on the current WCHA playoff picture, and how this past weekend affected the PWR numbers.

The Huskies play their last series this weekend in a home-and-home with Northern Michigan. It is the first weekend of Spring Break for the student bodies of both schools, but with the rivalry matchup, it may be wise to purchase your tickets in advance. Click here for tickets to Friday night's game in Houghton and click here for tickets to the Saturday night closer in Marquettte.

Rank Team Pts LW Record High Low Change Diff
1 Minnesota State (5) 86 2 17-10-7 1 2 +1 1
2 Michigan Tech (4) 82 1 19-8-5 1 3 -1 2
3 Bowling Green 75 3 19-11-6 2 3 0 1
4 Northern Michigan 59 4 15-12-7 4 6 0 2
5 Ferris State 55 5 14-13-6 4 6 0 2
6 Bemidji State 45 6 15-13-6 5 7 0 2
7 Lake Superior 39 7 12-19-5 5 7 0 2
8 Alaska-Anchorage 24 8 11-18-3 8 9 0 1
9 Alaska 21 9 8-20-4 8 9 0 1
10 Alabama-Huntsville 9 10 6-20-6 10 10 0 0

Thanks again to our friends across the WCHA who contribute to the voting every week. You can find their information in the table below.

Team Name Publication/Media Outlet Twitter Handle
UAH Geof Morris UAH Hockey @gfmorris
UA Tim O'Donnell Fairbanks Daily News @FDNMSportsGuy
UAA Beth O'Donnell KTUU Anchorage @_bethodonnell
BSU Jack Hittinger Bemidji Pioneer @jackhitts
BGSU Drew Evans BGSUHockey.com @BGSUHockeySite
FSU Ryan Zuke Big Rapids Pioneer @ryanzuke
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

One media member representing each team ranks every squad in the WCHA (including their own) from 1-10. A first-place vote is worth 10 points, a second-place is worth 9 points and so on. Teams are then sorted by the total number of points they receive in the voting. 100 points is a perfect score and represents all voters awarding a team with first place, while a 10-point score indicates all voters awarding a team with tenth place.