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Courtesy: Shawna Widdel, UNDsports.com
UND was ranked sixth nationally, second among NCHC teams.
UND sixth in USA Today/USA magazine preseason poll
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 09/23/2013
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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      
        2012-13  
    2012-13   Final  
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. Rank  
1 Massachusetts-Lowell (20) 28-11-2 484 3  
2 Miami (9) 25-12-5 444 6  
3 Wisconsin (1) 22-13-7 364 13  
4 Boston College 22-12-4 359 8  
5 Minnesota 26-9-5 347 5  
6 North Dakota 22-13-7 300 7  
7 Notre Dame 25-13-3 285 9  
8 Yale (4) 22-12-3 269 1  
9 St. Cloud State 25-16-1 230 4  
10 Michigan 18-19-3 197 NR  
11 Quinnipiac 30-8-5 135 2  
12 Union 22-13-5 124 10  
13 New Hampshire 20-12-7 116 11  
14 Minnesota State 24-14-3 110 12  
15 Providence 17-14-7 103 NR  
           
Others Receiving Votes: Rensselaer 80, Denver 74, Cornell 32,  
Western Michigan 28, Niagara 12, Merrimack 8, Boston University 4,
Ferris State 4, Michigan Tech1.        
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