Week 12 WCHA Media Poll Analysis

Not much changed in the poll this week. Places 3-10 have stayed the same relative in comparison to last week. What did change was Michigan Tech moving up to share the top spot with Bemidji. While Tech didn't play this week, Bemidji got swept (1-1 OT; 2-1) by top-in-the-nation Minnesota-Duluth. While we can't speak for the voters, it seems that the Huskies' recent success alongside the Beavers' recent struggles are starting to even out opinions about the two sides. We'll have to wait a few more weeks to see if that changes, as there are no WCHA games this week with the holiday season.

In other news, we've rebranded our @THGScores Twitter account to @THGMediaPoll. You can check there for the latest updates on our polling through the rest of the season.

Rank Team Pts LW Record PPG High Low
1t Bemidji State (5) 95 1 13-6-3 2.7 1 2
1t Michigan Tech (5) 95 2 12-7-3 2.3 1 2
3 Minnesota State 76 3 11-7-2 1.6 3 5
4 Bowling Green 72 4 9-11-2 1.6 3 5
5 Ferris State 54 5 7-11-1 1.4 4 7
6 Alabama-Huntsville 53 6 7-11-2 1.4 4 8
7 Lake Superior 42 7 8-9-1 1.1 6 8
8 Alaska 33 8 6-12-2 1.2 7 8
9 Alaska-Anchorage 19 9 3-13-2 0.8 9 10
10 Northern Michigan 11 10 4-14-2 0.5 9 10

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
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 Jillian Gandsey, Bemidji Pioneer.