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Fourth-ranked North Dakota opens WCHA play against Alaska Anchorage.
WCHA play begins with North Dakota ranked fourth
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Updated: Monday 10/22/2012 15:03:18 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota will open Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play next weekend ranked fourth in both major national polls released earlier today.

UND had been ranked No. 2 in both polls, but slid two spots after splitting its two games last weekend at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks. UND, which received a first-place vote in the USCHO.com poll, blanked Alaska Anchorage on Friday before falling 2-1 to host Alaska on Saturday.

Defending NCAA champion Boston College regained the top spot in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

UND hosts Alaska Anchorage on Friday and Saturday in the WCHA opener for both teams. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. on Friday and 7:07 p.m. on Saturday.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll
1. Boston College
2. Minnesota
3. Miami
4. North Dakota
5. Denver
6. Michigan
7. Cornell
8. Union
9. Notre Dame
10. Western Michigan
11. Massachusetts-Lowell
12. New Hampshire
13. Boston University
14. Minnesota Duluth
15. Northeastern
16. Northern Michigan
17. Harvard
18. Ferris State
19. Colorado College
20. Quinnipiac

Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence 109, Minnesota State 39, Nebraska Omaha 28, Michigan Tech 16, St. Cloud State 12, Wisconsin 10, Lake Superior State 9, Providence 8, Rensselaer 7, Michigan State 5, Merrimack 4, Air Force 3, Alaska 3, Ohio State 3, Yale 3, Alaska Anchorage 2, Massachusetts 2, Holy Cross 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1. Boston College
2. Minnesota
3. Miami
4. North Dakota
5. Denver
6. Michigan
7. Cornell
8. Union
9. Notre Dame
10. Western Michigan
11. New Hampshire
12. Massachusetts-Lowell
13. Boston University
14. Minnesota Duluth
15. Northern Michigan

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado College 35, Harvard 32, St. Lawrence 27, Northeastern 13, Nebraska Omaha 12, Quinnipiac 12, Ferris State 8, Minnesota State 2, Air Force 1.

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