GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Coaches in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association are picking Minnesota to repeat as the regular-season champion.   The Gophers received 11 of 12 first-place votes in the annual Grand Forks Herald preseason coaches’ poll. North Dakota – last year’s WCHA playoff champion – got the other first-place vote and finished second in the poll.      The rest of the top five is Denver, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin.  Minnesota-Duluth is sixth in the poll, followed by Colorado College, Omaha, Michigan Tech, Minnesota-Mankato, Bemidji State and Alaska-Anchorage.

(Information in the following story is from: Grand Forks Herald, http://www.grandforksherald.com)