The Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been picked to finish second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in a poll of the leagues coaches.
The Badgers collected 44 points and two first-place votes in the poll, while Minnesota was picked to win the league, earning 48 points and six first-place votes.
North Dakota was third with 35 points, while Bemidji State was close behind in fourth with 31 points. Rounding out the poll was Minnesota-Duluth, Ohio State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State.
The Badgers will open their 2015-16 season in San Jose California, against Providence on Oct. 2-3. Wisconsin returns home the following week to host league foe Ohio State at LaBahn Arena.