WCHA coaches pick Falcons to finish 4th


BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University hockey team was picked to finish fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association by the league’s coaches in balloting released today.

The Falcons received 58 points, six fewer than third-place Michigan Tech and four more than Alaska in fifth.

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Also, the league’s coaches voted BG forward Ryan Carpenter to the preseason All-WCHA team.

On Tuesday a WCHA media poll also pegged the Falcons for fourth and placed Carpenter on the league’s preseason team.

Minnesota State received all but one available first-place vote and a perfect 81 points in a coaches ballot in which first place was worth nine points, second was eighth, and so on. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Ferris State was second with 65 points, followed by Michigan Tech – which received the other first-place vote, BG, Alaska, Northern Michigan (40 points), Bemidji State (35), Lake Superior (25), Alaska Anchorage (18) and Alabama Huntsville (10).