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USA Today poll has UND 7th as season opener nears
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Updated: Wednesday 10/07/2013 15:54:59 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – With an exhibition dress rehearsal in the books, the University of North Dakota will enter next weekend’s regular-season opener against Vermont ranked No. 7 in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

UND, which earned a 3-0 exhibition victory over the University of Manitoba on Sunday night, fell one spot from its No. 7 ranking in the preseason poll.

Massachusetts-Lowell received 13first-place votes and retained the top spot in this week’s poll. Miami received more first-place votes (16) but was ranked No. 2. Wisconsin, Boston College and Minnesota rounded out the top five, while defending NCAA champion Yale was ranked sixth.

UND will host unranked Vermont Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in the Catamounts’ first-ever visit to Grand Forks.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll                    
                       
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. Prev.              
1. Massachusetts-Lowell (13) 0-0-0 473 1              
2. Miami (16) 0-0-0 463 2              
3. Wisconsin 0-0-0 388 3              
4. Boston College 0-0-0 379 4              
5. Minnesota 0-0-0 373 5              
6. Yale (5) 0-0-0 345 8              
7. North Dakota 0-0-0 309 6              
8. Notre Dame 0-0-0 289 7              
9. St. Cloud State 0-0-0 227 9              
10. Michigan 0-0-0 170 10              
11. Minnesota State 0-0-0 139 14              
12. New Hampshire 0-0-0 113 13              
13. Quinnipiac 0-0-0 111 11              
14. Providence 0-0-0 109 15              
15. Union 0-0-0 70 12              
                       

Others Receiving Votes: Rensselaer 48, Denver 33, Western Michigan 16,

Cornell 14, Colorado College 5, Niagara 4, Canisius 1, Clarkson 1.

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