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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: BSU picked last in WCHA

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team went through a torturous 2012-13 season, winning just six total games and five in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Beavers come into this season looking to rebuild, but once again their path to climbing the WCHA standings won’t be easy.

The Beavers were picked to finish tied for seventh out of eight teams in the 2013-14 preseason coaches poll, released Thursday.

The Beavers, who were 6-26-2 overall last season and 5-22-1 in conference play, were finish tied for last in the coaches poll with St. Cloud State.

Two-time defending national champions Minnesota was a unanimous choice to finish No. 1, the Gophers earned seven first-place votes and 49 points after going undefeated last season.

Coaches couldn’t vote for their own teams, so Wisconsin earned the other first-place vote and finished second with 42 points.

North Dakota, Ohio State, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State Mankato rounded out the coaches’ picks.

Although the Beavers were picked at the bottom of the standings freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat earned a vote for preseason rookie of the year honors. The Glenboro, Manitoba, native will compete for time in net with senior Jess Havel and freshman Erin Deters.

Minnesota’s Hannah Brandt and Wisconsin’s Alex Rigsby both received votes for preseason player of the year honors.

The Beavers hit the ice for the first time today and will have a full week of practice before the season begins next Friday, Sept. 27, at Lindenwood University in Missouri.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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