Stoa left out in race for Hobey, WCHA awards and BSU applies for the WCHA

Ryan Stoa was honored as this yearâÄôs Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scoring Champion and Jordan Schroeder picked up the WCHA Rookie of the Year Thursday afternoon at the conferenceâÄôs award program in St. Paul. The only Gophers skaters to attend the ceremony, Stoa and Schroeder âÄì the teamâÄôs top producers this year âÄì also earned All-WCHA First and Second Team, respectively. But neither was named a finalist for this yearâÄôs Hobey Baker Award âÄì an award many thought Stoa would have been up for after leading the WCHA with 24 goals on the year. âÄúThe one thing I said to Ryan when he went out was âÄòI wouldnâÄôt trade Ryan Stoa for anybody in the countryâÄô and thatâÄôs not to slight any of the guys that are on that program or anybody else thatâÄôs playing college hockey,âÄù Gophers assistant coach Mike Hastings said. âÄúI know what he brings to our club on a daily basis.âÄù WisconsinâÄôs Jamie McBain was the conferenceâÄôs lone representative in the group of 10 finalist. The Badgers athletic department campaigned for McBain on its Web site âÄì something Minnesota did not actively do for Stoa. âÄúI think Ryan, as he always has, kind of lets his play do the talking,âÄù Hastings said. âÄúHeâÄôs not a guy up on soap box trying to promote himself. WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod said he couldnâÄôt remember a time when the conference had just one finalist for the top college hockey player in the country. âÄúItâÄôs certainly disappointing from my standpoint,âÄù McLeod said. We had a lot of great performances this year.âÄù Skaters joining McBain are Louie Caporusso of Michigan, Matt Gilroy of Boston University,Jacques Lamoureux of Air Force, David McIntyre of Colgate, VermontâÄôs Viktor Stalberg and Colin Wilson of Boston University. Brad Thiessen of Northeastern, Zane Kalemba of Princeton and Alaska FairbanksâÄô Chad Johnson will also try to win the Hobey Baker Award from the crease. âÄúI noticed there were a lot of goalies,âÄù McLeod said. âÄúI think we have some pretty darn good goalies in this league. Stoa and Schroeder were unavailable for comment following the program. A spokesman for the team said the forwards left immediately to prepare for ThursdayâÄôs play-in game with Minnesota-Duluth. Gophers coach Don Lucia was also not in attendance for the banquet. All-WCHA teams: Here are the listings for the conference awards. All-WCHA First Team: Ryan Stoa, Minnesota; Chad Rau, Colorado College; Ryan Lasch, St. Cloud State; Jamie McBain, Wisconsin; Chay Genoway, North Dakota and Alex Stalock, Minnesota-Duluth. All-WCHA Second Team: Ryan Duncan, North Dakota; Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota; Justin Fontaine, Minnesota-Duluth; Patrick Wiercioch, Denver; Garrett Raboin, St. Cloud State and Marc Cheverie, Denver. All-WCHA Third Team: Garrett Roe, St. Cloud State; Anthony Mainani, Denver; Rhett Rakhshani, Denver; Josh Meyers, Minnesota-Duluth; Kurt Davis, Minnesota State and Brad Eidsness, North Dakota. All-WCHA Rookie Team: Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota; Joe Colborne, Denver; Mike Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth; Patrick Wiercioch, Denver; Jake Gardiner, Wisconsin and Brad Eidsness, North Dakota. Bemidji State applies for WCHA Bemidji State filed its application to become the 11th WCHA team earlier this week, according to McLeod. The commissioner said the schoolâÄôs next step will be set up an official visit. The Beavers currently are one of only four teams playing in the College Hockey America conference.