MADISON (WKOW) — The Badgers women’s hockey team has been picked as the favorite to win the WCHA title this upcoming season in the annual preseason coaches’ poll. The defending NCAA champions edged rival Minnesota for the top spot.
WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Wisconsin (6 first place votes), 36 points
2. Minnesota (1), 31 points
3. Ohio State, 24 points
4. Minnesota Duluth, 23 points
5. Bemidji State, 15 points
6. Minnesota State, 12 points
7. St. Cloud State, 6 points
Wisconsin’s Abby Roque was tabbed as the preseason co-player of the year in the conference.
Preseason WCHA Co-Player of the Year: Abby Roque, Sr., F, Wisconsin (2 votes)and Emma Maltais, Jr., F, Ohio State (2 votes)
Others receiving votes: Jincy Dunne, Sr., D, Ohio State (1); Sophie Shirley, So., F, Wisconsin (1); Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., F, Minnesota (1)
Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year: Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota (3)
Others receiving votes: Grace Shirley, Fr., F, Wisconsin (2); Dara Grieg, Fr., F. Wisconsin (1); Klara Hymlarova, Fr., F, St. Cloud State (1)
The Badgers placed four players on the preseason All-WCHA team.
Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forward: Emma Maltais, Jr., Ohio State
Forward: Grace Zumwinkle, Jr., Minnesota
Forward: Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin (tie)
Forward: Sophie Shirley, So., Wisconsin (tie)
Defense: Jincy Dunne, Sr., Ohio State (unanimous)
Defense: Mekenzie Steffen, Sr., Wisconsin
Goaltender: Kristen Campbell, Sr., Wisconsin