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.
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerWHockey) September 18, 2018
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 UWBadgers.com.
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. Defensemen – Maddie Rolfes, RS-Sr., Wisconsin; Mak Langei, So., Bemidji State; Patti Marshall, So., Minnesota. Goaltender – Kristen Campbell, RS-Jr., Wisconsin.