(Northland's NewsCenter) --- UW-Superior was picked to finish fourth and St. Scholastica sixth in the 2012-13 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) preseason men's hockey coaches' poll, which was released on Wednesday morning.
The Yellowjackets received one first-place vote in the poll, finishing fourth in the predictions a year after just missing the NCHA playoffs by finishing fifth.
The Saints, meanwhile, didn't receive any first-place votes in the poll and are predicted to finish sixth a year after coming in second among NCHA programs.
For both teams, the 2012-13 year will mark their final year as a member of the NCHA. Starting next season, UW-Superior will be a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), and St. Scholastica will join the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA).
UW-Superior will host St. Scholastica to open the 2012-13 season, with those games set for October 26-27 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisc.
Below are listed the full results of the 2012-13 NCHA preseason men's hockey coaches' poll, with a team's respective first-place votes in parentheses.
2012-13 NCHA PRESEASON MEN'S HOCKEY COACHES' POLL
1. St. Norbert (5)
2. UW-River Falls
3. UW-Stevens Point (1)
4. UW-Superior (1)
5. UW-Eau Claire
6. St. Scholastica