WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll and Player Honors
With WCHA opening weekend just over 2 weeks out, Minnesota State has been named the preseason coaches favorite in the Mankato Free Press poll. Michigan Tech recieved 1 first place vote, presumably from MSU's Mike Hastings, as coaches cannot vote for their own team. Upon entering the conference, UAF was voted number 5. UAA placed 9th after a 2-20-6 conference showing in Dave Shyiak's final season as bench boss.
2013-14 MANKATO FREE PRESS WCHA MEN'S HOCKEY PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Rank Team First Place Votes Points
1) Minnesota State (9) 81
2) Ferris State – 65
3) Michigan Tech (1) 64
4) Bowling Green – 58
5) Alaska – 54
6) Northern Michigan – 40
7) Bemidji State – 35
8) Lake Superior State – 25
9) Alaska Anchorage – 18
10) Alabama Huntsville – 10
PRESEASON WCHA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Leitner, Jr., F, Minnesota State (5 votes); Alex Petan, So., F, Michigan Tech (2); Ryan Carpenter, Jr., F, Bowling Green (1); Cody Kunyk, Sr., F, Alaska (1); Blake Tatchell, So., F, Alaska Anchorage (1).
PRESEASON WCHA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Zach Stepan, F, Minnesota State (8); Brent Baltus, F, Michigan Tech (1); Shane Sooth, F, Northern Michigan (1).
PRESEASON ALL-WCHA TEAM
Forwards: Matt Leitner, Jr., Minnesota State; Ryan Carpenter, Jr., Bowling Green; Alex Petan, So., Michigan Tech. Defensemen: Zach
Palmquist, Jr., Minnesota State; Jason Binkley, Jr., Ferris State. Goaltender: Stephon Williams, So., Minnesota State.
Others receiving votes: Forwards: Blake Tatchell, So., Alaska Anchorage; Matt Bailey, Sr., Alaska Anchorage; Cody Kunyk, Sr., Alaska;
Garrett Thompson, Sr., Ferris State. Defensemen: Colton Parayko, So., Alaska; Matt Prapavessis, Jr., Bemidji State; Mike Sullivan, Jr.,
Bowling Green; Ralfs Freibergs, So., Bowling Green; Scott Czarnowczan, Sr., Ferris State; Kevin Czuczman, Jr., Lake Superior State; C.J.
Ludwig, Sr., Northern Michigan. Goaltender: Kevin Kapalka, Sr., Lake Superior State.