After an embarrassing stumble two weeks ago against Alaska-Anchorage, Michigan Tech's performance against Minnesota State pulled back a few of the first-place votes they had ceded to Bemidji State in last week's poll. Of course Bemidji's series split (2-5 loss Friday/5-1 win on Saturday) may not have helped their case, but they held on to 6 first-place votes to retain sole possession of the top spot.
Lake Superior made a much more significant jump, handily defeating Alabama-Huntsville to jump from #9 (27 pts.) last week to #5 (55 pts.) in this week's results. Looking a tad further down, given that they split against Bowling Green, I'm going to say that Alaska's drop from #7 to #5 is purely a result of circumstance.
The last thing to take note of is that Northern Michigan has crawled out of the basement, sweeping Alaska-Anchorage and forcing them down into the #10 spot (note: we can tell from the numbers that they received 9 last-place votes). The Seawolves managed just one goal against an NMU goaltending staff that carries a 2.89 GAA, but gave up 10.
|1||Bemidji State (6)||96||1||16-9-3||2.4||1||2|
|2||Michigan Tech (4)||94||2||15-9-6||2.2||1||2|
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|
|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 photo credit: Bob Gilreath.