Falcons picked to finish fourth by coaches, media

By September 25, 2017 Other News
Mitch McLain was the lone Falcon recognized by the coaches and media in the WCHA Preseason Polls (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

Bowling Green will play the 2017-2018 season out of the “favorite” role, as the WCHA coaches and media picked the Falcons to finish in fourth place during this year’s preseason polls.

Last year, the Falcons were picked to finish first in the polls before struggling to a third-place finish. Their season ended as they were downed in double overtime of the WCHA Championship game by Michigan Tech.

Here is the breakdown of the coaches’ poll. The number in parentheses next to a team’s name indicates the number of first-place votes that team received. Ten points are awarded for each first-place vote, nine points for each second place vote, etc.

1Minnesota State (9)90
2Bemidji State (1)81
3Michigan Tech70
4Bowling Green67
5Ferris State59
6Lake Superior51
7Northern Michigan40

The media poll shook out with identical placing as the coaches’ poll:

1Minnesota State (12)137
2Bemidji State115
3Michigan Tech (1)110
4Bowling Green (1)108
5Ferris State81
6Lake Superior62
7Northern Michigan59

All-WCHA Teams

Mitch McLain was the lone Falcon to take home an award in the preseason poll. He was named to the All-WCHA Team by the coaches and All-WCHA First Team by the media. Here’s how coaches saw the rest of the All-WCHA Team:

FMarc MichaelisMinnesota State
FC.J. SuessMinnesota State
FMitch McLainBowling Green
DDaniel BrickleyMinnesota State
DMark AukMichigan Tech
GMichael BitzerBemidji State

The media was asked to pick both a first and second team. Here’s how the scribes ranked the players:

First Team

FMitch McLainBowling Green
FMarc MichaelisMinnesota State
FCorey MackinFerris State
DDaniel BrickleyMinnesota State
DKurt GosselinAlabama-Huntsville
GMichael BitzerBemidji State

Second Team

FGerry FitzgeraldBemidji State
FC.J. SuessMinnesota State
FJoel L'EsperanceMichigan Tech
DMitch ReinkeMichigan Tech
DMark AukMichigan Tech
GAtte TolvanenNorthern Michigan

Player/Rookie of the Year

Daniel Brickley and March Michaelis, defenseman and forward forward respectively for Minnesota State, were named co-preseason Player of the Year by the coaches. The media selected Brickley only, and Mitch McLain received votes from the media for consideration of the Player of the Year award.

Jake Jaremko, forward for Minnesota State, was named by the coaches as the preseason Rookie of the Year.

National Polls

The WCHA was represented by Minnesota State in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll. The Mavericks were ranked 15th by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and 18th by USCHO.com. Michigan Tech received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, while Michigan Tech, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, and Ferris State received votes in the USCHO poll.

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 11th 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 @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.