Minnesota Duluth voted as NCHC favorites in 2018-19 preseason media poll

 (2018 Melissa Wade)
Minnesota Duluth celebrates on the ice in St. Paul, Minn., after winning the 2018 national championship (photo: Melissa Wade).

Coming off a national championship last season, Minnesota Duluth has been voted by the media as the favorite to capture the 2018-19 Penrose Cup, awarded to the NCHC regular-season champions, as the NCHC preseason poll was unveiled Monday.

The Bulldogs received 20 of a possible 27 first-place votes and totaled 209 voting points.

A total of 27 ballots were submitted by local media members from each school, as well as select national media.

2018-19 NCHC Media Preseason Poll

School (First-place votes)Voting points
1. Minnesota Duluth (20)209
2. St. Cloud State (6)182
3. North Dakota150
4. Western Michigan121
5. Denver (1)115
6. Colorado College98
7. Omaha61
8. Miami36

8 COMMENTS

  1. Having lost–among others–its top three scorers [Henrik Borgstrom, Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell] from last year’s team, Denver will need a wave of players to step forward to produce points. The aforementioned trio accounted for 50-93-143 points last season.

        • I haven’t yet…..still working on a few odds and ends. It did look like there were plenty of tickets left on the end the Sioux shoot at twice, so I’ll just keep an eye on them.

          • Usually the North Side, visitor’s attack twice, is the last to sell out. Good for you to keep an eye on them, though. A lot of Sioux fans in the Denver area buy them well before the games on 2/1 and 2/2. Kind of hate that the games are all at 7:05 again this year, unless pushed back for national TV.. Depending on I-25 traffic, I might have to take Light Rail on Friday’s. Got my AF tickets, another bummer is construction ongoing on I-25 going south to AFA. AF should be good again this year, wish they were in NCHC.

          • I don’t get the 6pm start times down in Co. Springs for Saturday games. Are they trying to keep the other team from resting more?

          • That could be a good strategy, less rest. Playing at higher altitude than Denver, and on large ice, will be a great advantage.

          • They started the 6 pm starts on Saturdays last season. Was weird….but I guess I didn’t mind getting out of the game around 9. This year, we play the late game on Friday, 8 pm start for CBS, then 6 the next night. Going to have some tired legs.

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