Pointers picked to win WIAC in hockey

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Pointers are looking to follow up their national title with another tremendous season. UWSP is projected to win the 2019 WIAC men's ice hockey championship, according to a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The Pointers finished last season with a 29-0-2 record to become the first-ever unbeaten national champion in NCAA Division III history.

This year's team returns 21 letterwinners, including seven of their top-eight point scorers. The Pointers currently hold a 31-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest in WIAC history.

UWSP opens up its regular season on Nov. 1 against St. Norbert at the newly renovated KB Willett Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.