College Hockey:
North Dakota Runaway Favorite in WCHA Polls

North Dakota is the nearly unanimous choice of WCHA coaches and media members to win that league’s regular season title.

The Fighting Sioux took 10 of 12 first-place votes in the coaches poll, organized by the Grand Forks Herald and 28 of 29 first-place votes in the media poll, conducted by KZIO-FM of Duluth, Minn.

St. Cloud State got the other first-place votes — two from the coaches to finish second and one from the media to finish third behind Minnesota-Duluth.

North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway was selected as the preseason player of the year by the media, while Minnesota-Duluth forward Jack Connolly got the honors from the coaches.

Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz was the consensus pick as the preseason rookie of the year.

The full polls follow:

Coaches Poll

Team (first-place votes)  Points
1. North Dakota (10) 120
2. St. Cloud State (2) 105
3. Minnesota-Duluth 100
4. Denver 88
5. Minnesota 82
6. Colorado College 67
7. Wisconsin 64
8. Nebraska-Omaha 55
9. Bemidji State 46
10. Minnesota State 31
11. Alaska-Anchorage 19
12. Michigan Tech 15

Media Poll

Team (first-place votes)  Points
1. North Dakota (28) 347
2. Minnesota-Duluth 300
3. St. Cloud State (1) 295
4. Denver 242
5. Wisconsin 218
6. Minnesota 203
7. Colorado College 182
8. Bemidji State 156
9. Nebraska-Omaha 125
10. Minnesota State 97
11. Alaska-Anchorage 51
12. Michigan Tech 46

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