WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team was predicted to finish fourth in the NCHA in 2017-18, according to the preseason poll released earlier this week. The poll is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.
The NCHA will have a new look in 2017-18, expanding from seven to ten teams. Aurora, Northland, and Trine will join Adrian, Lake Forest, St. Scholastica, Marian, Finlandia, St. Norbert, and the Falcons in the new 10-team league.
With the league expansion, the NCHA will move to a six-team playoff format this season. The last two seasons was a four-team playoff for the league.
Defending champion Adrian was picked to win the NCHA, while Lake Forest was tabbed second. Those two teams garnered all the first-place votes, Adrian receiving six and the Foresters gaining two. St. Scholastica (65 points) was third, ahead of the Falcons (51 points). Marian and St. Norbert were chosen fifth and sixth, respectively.
Rounding out the poll was Aurora, Northland, Finlandia, and Trine.
The Falcons will open their 2017-18 season next weekend with a neutral-site non-conference game against UW-Superior in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
2017-18 NCHA Women's Preseason Poll
1) Adrian (6) – 78
2) Lake Forest (4) – 76
3) St. Scholastica – 65
4) Concordia Wisconsin – 51
5) Marian – 48
6) St. Norbert – 46
7) Aurora – 30
8) Northland – 22
9) Finlandia – 21
10) Trine - 13