Sept. 22, 2010
• WCHA Preseason Poll
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been picked to finish second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, according to a preseason poll of league coaches.
Wisconsin earned 43 points and two first place votes in a poll of the eight head coaches in the WCHA. Defending national champions Minnesota Duluth was selected to win the WCHA title, earning 48 points and six first place votes. Minnesota was picked to finish third with 37 points.
Ohio State was selected to finish fourth, followed by North Dakota, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State.
The Badgers finished fourth in the WCHA with a record of 15-12-1 (18-15-3 overall) last season, but look to improve with the return of junior Hilary Knight and senior Meghan Duggan, as well as coach Mark Johnson, all of whom missed the 2009-10 campaign with the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Knight was chosen by the WCHA coaches as the WCHA preseason player of the year, receiving seven votes. Minnesota freshman Amanda Kessel earned the WCHA preseason rookie of the year award with six votes, however three Badger freshman also received votes. Goaltender Alex Rigsby earned one vote, while forwards Madison Packer and Brittany Ammerman each earned half of a vote.
The Badgers open their season with back-to-back home games against Rensselaer Polytechnic on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2. Both games will be held at the Kohl Center and will start at 7 p.m. CT.
UW Athletic Communications