Falcons picked to finish second, third in WCHA preseason polls

By September 24, 2018 Other News
Alec Rauhauser fights off Austin Beaulieu on 12/9/17. Rauhauser was a unanimous All-WCHA pick in this year's preseason polls (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).
The Falcons will begin the 2018-2019 campaign with heightened expectations. Bowling Green was picked to finish second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association by the media, and third by the member schools’ coaches.

Four Falcons were recognized on the All-WCHA Teams: Alec Rauhauser, Brandon Kruse, Chris Pohlkamp, and Ryan Bednard.

Adam Rockwood swept the Preseason Player of the Year award as both the coaches and media voted him the top league player. Cooper Zech, a defenseman for Ferris State, was named the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Here are the rest of the results.

2018-2019 WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll

Presented by the Mankato Free Press

RankTeam (1st Place Votes)Points
1Minnesota State (7)88
2Northern Michigan (2)80
3Bowling Green76
4Michigan Tech (1)64
5Bemidji State54
6Ferris State49
7Lake Superior40
8Alaska36
9Alabama-Huntsville35
10Alaska-Anchorage18

2018-2019 WCHA Preseason Media Poll

Presented by UAHHockey.com

RankTeam (1st Place Votes)Points
1Minnesota State (13)182
2Bowling Green (1)159
3Northern Michigan (5)150
4Michigan Tech133
5Bemidji State110
6Ferris State102
7Alabama-Huntsville69
8Lake Superior57
9Alaska47
10Alaska-Anchorage28

2018-2019 Coaches Preseason All-WCHA Team

PositionPlayer (Class)Team
ForwardAdam Rockwood (Sr.)Northern Michigan
ForwardMarc Michaelis (So.)Minnesota State
ForwardTroy Loggins (Sr.)Northern Michigan
DefensemanAlec Rauhauser (Jr.)Bowling Green
DefensemanPhilip Beaulieu (Jr.)Northern Michigan
GoaltenderAtte Tolvanen (Sr.)Northern Michigan

2018-2019 Media Preseason All-WCHA First Team

PositionName (Class)Team
ForwardMarc Michaelis (Jr.)Minnesota State
ForwardJake Jaremko (So.)Minnesota State
ForwardAdam Rockwood (Sr.)Northern Michigan
DefensemanAlec Rauhauser (Jr.)Bowling Green
DefensemanPhilip Beaulieu (Jr.)Northern Michigan
GoaltenderAtte Tolvanen (Sr.)Northern Michigan

2018-2019 Media Preseason All-WCHA Second Team

PositionName (Class)Team
ForwardAdam Rockwood (Sr.)Northern Michigan
ForwardJake Lucchini (Sr.)Michigan Tech
Forward (tie)Darien Craighead (Jr.)
Brandon Kruse (So.)
Northern Michigan/
Bowling Green
DefensemanIan Scheid (Jr.)Minnesota State
DefensemanChris Pohlkamp (Sr.)Bowling Green
GoaltenderRyan Bednard (Jr.)Bowling Green

Here is audio from today’s conference call.

Bill Robertson, Men’s League Commissioner

Greg Shepherd, Supervisor of Officials

Chris Bergeron, BGSU Head Coach

Bowling Green will begin their 2018-2019 season on 10/6/18 as they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania to play Mercyhurst.

Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.