Predictions are like tailfeathers. So, let's review some stuff real quickly, then make a quick hockey prediction for the conference this year and get out. Come back tomorrow (Friday) morning and check out a short preview of the North Dakota - Minnesota series starting Friday night.
Here are the 2009-10 WCHA Pre-Season Awards:
Player of the Year: Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota
Goalie of the Year: Brad Eidsness, North Dakota
Rookie of the Year: Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth
Defenseman of the Year: Chay Genoway, North Dakota
Next up, the Preseason All-WCHA First Team:
F-Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota
F-Justin Fontaine, Minnesota-Duluth
F-Chris VandeVelde, North Dakota
D-Chay Genoway, North Dakota
D-Patrick Wiercioch, Denver
G-Brad Eidsness, North Dakota
Crap, lots of Sioux here. How about the second team?
F-Derek Stepan, Wisconsin
F-Ryan Lasch, St. Cloud
F-Anthony Maiani, Denver
D-Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin
D-Garrett Raboin, St. Cloud
G-Marc Cheverie, Denver
Uh, Gophers? How about the All-Rookie Team?
F-Danny Kristo, North Dakota
F-Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud
F-Rylan Schwartz, Colorado College
D- Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth
D-Nick Leddy, Minnesota
G-Mike Lee, St. Cloud
Thanks, Leddy, for showing up.
Here was the media pre-season poll (there's the coaches poll too, but frankly coaches don't watch other teams, so proveth by college football coaches who vote Oklahoma over BYU and Penn State over Iowa):
(1) Denver (23 first place votes)
(2) North Dakota(1)
(4) Minnesota (1)
(5) St. Cloud
(7) Colorado College
(8) Minnesota State
(10) Michigan Tech.
Some teams started play last week. Denver split at home to Vermont, North Dakota swept Merrimack, St. Cloud was swept by Miami (Ohio - Do I need to even write that with hockey?), UMD defeated Lake Superior and lost to Northern Michigan, CC split with Northeastern, MN State swept Bowling Green, Alaska-Anchorage beat Mercyhurst and lost to Michigan, and Michigan Tech defeated Northern Michigan and lost to Lake Superior.
Silly results of last weekend: Ohio State was swept at home by Quinnipiac, and Michigan lost to Alaska 2-0.
Well, here's my WCHA prediction:
(2) North Dakota
(4) St. Cloud State
(8) Michigan Tech
(9) Minnesota State
(10) Alaska - Anchorage
Prepare for stickball on ice, it starts tomorrow.