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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s hockey team is picked to win the WCHA for the fourth-straight year, according to the league’s annual preseason coaches’ poll that was announced Tuesday.

The Badgers earned 33 points and four first-place votes, while Minnesota also received 33 points and three first-place votes. The two rivals battle it out on two separate occasions this season with a two-game series in Madison on Oct. 27-28 and second two-game series in Minneapolis on Jan. 18-19.


In addition, senior forwards Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski and senior defenseman Mikaela Gardner were named to the Preseason All-WCHA Team.

The WCHA poll and preseason honors announcement comes a day after UW checked in at No. 2 in the preseason USCHO.Com National Poll.

Wisconsin starts the 2018-19 season with a home series against Lindenwood on Sept. 28-29. Puck drop for the Badgers’ season-opener on Friday, Sept. 28 is set for 7 p.m. while the series concludes on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a 2 p.m. tilt. Limited tickets are still available here or by visiting

2018-19 WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk              Team (First place votes)         Points

1.                Wisconsin (4)                            33

                   Minnesota (3)                            33

3.                Ohio State                                 24

4.                Minnesota Duluth                      23

5.                Bemidji State                             16

6.                St. Cloud State                          12

7.                Minnesota State                         6
Predicted order of finish. Based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.

Preseason WCHA Player of the Year

Maddie Rooney, RS-Jr., G, Minnesota Duluth (3 votes)

Others receiving votes: Kelly Pannek, Sr., F, Minnesota (2); Emily Clark, Sr., F, Wisconsin (1); Annie Pankowski, Sr., F, Wisconsin (1)

Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year

Taylor Heise, Fr., F, Minnesota (5)
Others receiving votes: Amy Potomak, Fr., F, Minnesota (1); Sophie Shirley, Fr., F, Wisconsin (1)

Preseason All-WCHA Team

Kelly Pannek, RS-Sr., Minnesota; Emily Clark, RS-Sr., Wisconsin; Annie Pankowski, RS-Sr., Wisconsin and Sarah Potomak, RS-Jr., Minnesota (tie)

Jincy Dunne, RS-Jr., Ohio State and Mikaela Gardner, Sr., Wisconsin

Maddie Rooney, RS-Jr., Minnesota Duluth

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically by position): Forwards – Emma Maltais, So., Ohio State; Clair DeGeorge, So., Bemidji State; Abby Roque, Jr., Wisconsin. DefensemenMaddie Rolfes, RS-Sr., Wisconsin; Mak Langei, So., Bemidji State; Patti Marshall, So., Minnesota. GoaltenderKristen Campbell, RS-Jr., Wisconsin.

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