Falcons picked to finish second in both WCHA preseason polls

By September 18, 2019 Other News

The WCHA preseason conference call was held earlier this afternoon where results of the preseason polls were released. Minnesota State was the unanimous pick to finish first in the polls (coaches aren’t permitted to vote for their own team), while Bowling Green was also unanimously selected to finish second.

In individual honors, Bowling Green had two representatives on the All-WCHA teams as senior defenseman Alec Rauhauser and junior forward Brandon Kruse represented the Falcons.

Bowling Green will look to break their third-place stalemate as they attempt to finish higher than third for the first time since joining the WCHA in 2013.

2019 Preseason WCHA Coaches' Poll

RankTeam (First Place Votes)Points
1Minnesota State (9)90
2Bowling Green (1)82
3Bemidji State63
4Northern Michigan61
5Michigan Tech59
6Lake Superior58
7Alaska39
8Ferris State38
9Alabama-Huntsville30
10Alaska-Anchorage20

2019 Preseason WCHA Media Poll

RankTeam (First Place Votes)Points
1Minnesota State (10)100
2Bowling Green89
3Northern Michigan72
4Michigan Tech68
5Bemidji State62
6Lake Superior57
7Ferris State37
8Alaska27
9Alabama-Huntsville26
10Alaska-Anchorage12

2019 Preseason Coaches' All-WCHA Team

PositionPlayer (Year)Team
ForwardMarc Michaelis (Sr.)Minnesota State
ForwardParker Tuomier (Sr.)Minnesota State
ForwardBrandon Kruse (Jr.)Bowling Green
DefensemanPhilip Beaulieu (Sr.)Northern Michigan
DefensemanAlec Rauhauser (Sr.)Bowling Green
GoaltenderDryden McKay (So.)Minnesota State

2019 Preseason Media All-WCHA Team

PositionPlayer (Year)Team
ForwardMarc Michaelis (Sr.)Minnesota State
ForwardParker Tuomie (Sr.)Minnesota State
ForwardBrandon Kruse (Jr.)Bowling Green
DefensemanPhilip Beaulieu (Sr.)Northern Michigan
DefensemanAlec Rauhauser (Sr.)Bowling Green
GoaltenderDryden McKay (So.)Minnesota State

2019 Preseason Coaches' Players of the Year

AwardPlayer (Year) - PositionTeam
Player of the YearMarc Michaels (Sr.) - FMinnesota State
Rookie of the YearNathan Smith (Fr.) - FMinnesota State

2019 Preseason Media Players of the Year

AwardName (Year) - PositionTeam
Player of the YearMarc Michaels (Sr.) - FMinnesota State
Rookie of the YearNathan Smith (Sr.) - FMinnesota State
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