Week 7 THG Web Media Poll Analysis

Now that the season is well underway, we felt it was time to bring back the THG Web Media Poll. Bemidji State debuts as the undisputed leader with all ten first place votes to go along with their impressive 9-0-1 record and 29 of 30 possible points thus far. Michigan Tech and Minnesota State come in second and third separated by only one point. Lake Superior, Bowling Green and Alabama-Huntsville round out the top six and are all .500 thus far in the WCHA. The bottom four teams are ranked by the win totals and the poll thus far, almost completely mirrors the conference winning percent. This week, we compare our rankings to what the media thought would happen according to Bemidji Pioneer's preseason poll.

Rank Team Pts PS Record High Low Change Diff
1 Bemidji State (10) 100 6 9-2-1 1 1 +5 0
2 Michigan Tech 85 2 6-6-2 2 3 0 1
3 Minnesota State 84 3 7-4-1 2 4 0 2
4 Lake Superior 67 7 6-4-0 3 5 +3 2
5 Bowling Green 54 1 4-7-1 4 7 -4 3
6 Alabama-Huntsville 51 9 4-8-2 4 9 +3 5
7 Alaska 37 10 4-7-1 6 9 +3 3
8 Ferris State 34 4 3-9-1 6 9 -4 3
9 Northern Michigan 28 5 3-8-1 6 9 -4 3
10 Alaska-Anchorage 10 8 1-9-0 10 10 -2 0

About the Panel:

With the new season, there are two new members in the poll, Brad Joyal is now covering Alaska Nanooks hockey for the Fairbanks Daily News and replaces Tim O'Donnell. Kari Bustamante replaces Beth O'Donnell who has moved on from KTUU Anchorage. We wish both Tim and Kari the best in their future endeavors. Ryan Zuke will remain as the representative for Ferris State while he has moved on from the Big Rapids Pioneer to MLive.com. We hope to get the new FSU Hockey reporter from Big Rapids to replace Ryan once they hire his replacement, until then will give Ryan a chance to represent his old beat. Below are the rest of the voters:

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
BGSU Drew Evans BGSUHockey.com @BGSUHockeySite
FSU Ryan Zuke MLive.com @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

Cover image courtesy of Bob Gilreath