GRAND FORKS, N.D. – As it enters the 2013-14 season, its first as a member of the National College Hockey Conference (NCHC), the University of North Dakota is pegged as a top-10 team in the first major national poll of the men’s hockey season.
UND was ranked sixth today in the 19th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll released this afternoon. Massachusetts-Lowell received 20 of the 34 first-place votes and is the national preseason favorite, while Miami (nine first-place votes) and Wisconsin (one) were ranked second and third, respectively.
Defending NCAA champion Yale received the four remaining first-place votes and was ranked eighth.
UND, entering its 10th season under head coach Dave Hakstol, returns 18 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 22-13-7 (14-7-7 WCHA) and advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game. UND joins the new NCHC having won a league-record 15 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season titles, as well as an additional 11 WCHA playoff titles.
UND opens the 2013-14 season Oct. 6 with a home exhibition game against Manitoba. The regular season begins Oct. 11-12 against non-conference opponent Vermont and UND makes its NCHC debut Oct. 18-19 at Miami.
|USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll|
|Rk.||School (1st place)||Record||Pts.||Rank|
|9||St. Cloud State||25-16-1||230||4|
|Others Receiving Votes: Rensselaer 80, Denver 74, Cornell 32,|
|Western Michigan 28, Niagara 12, Merrimack 8, Boston University 4,|
|Ferris State 4, Michigan Tech1.|