Two non-conference losses for Bemidji and two wins (over Alabama-Huntsville) for the Huskies have put Michigan Tech firmly into first place in this week's poll. Even though one of Tech's wins was a rather shaky, come-from-behind shootout win, it was enough to take home nine of the ten possible first-place votes. This actually surprises me a little bit, and Bemidji's losses were against St. Cloud State and Minnesota, both teams that are fairly serious contenders on the national scene, at #16 and #7 in the Pairwise, respectively.
Outside of that flip, the only other changes of position had Ferris State, who just barely split with Bowling Green, jump over Lake Superior, who were swept by Minnesota State. They're just about as far apart this week as they were last week, but they swapped positions on the board.
|1||Michigan Tech (9)||99||2||16-9-7||2.2||1||2|
|2||Bemidji State (1)||91||1||16-11-3||2.4||1||2|
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 image from November 2014 series at UAH credit Ryan Johnson.