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Courtesy: Russell Hons for UNDsports.com
Final national polls slot Fighting Hawks ninth
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 04/10/2017
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota was ranked No. 9 in the final editions of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. USCHO announced its final rankings earlier today while USA Today issued its final poll on March 27.

The Fighting Hawks went 21-16-3 overall in 2016-17 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th year in a row, extending the second-longest streak in the history of NCAA Division I men’s hockey. Only Michigan, which qualified for 22 straight years from 1991 to 2012, boasts a longer streak.

North Dakota faces the loss of five players from the 2016-17 roster, including senior defenseman and captain Gage Ausmus and senior goaltender Matt Hrynkiw. Additionally, All-America defenseman Tucker Poolman (Winnipeg Jets) and forwards Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) and Tyson Jost (Colorado Avalanche) each opted to forgo their remaining collegiate eligibility in order to sign NHL contracts.

Recently-crowned NCAA champion Denver topped both national polls, with national runner-up Minnesota Duluth ranked second and national semifinalist Harvard ranked third in both.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll (April 10)                          
Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR                      
1. Denver (50) 33-7-4 1000 1                      
2. Minnesota Duluth 28-7-7 950 3                      
3. Harvard 28-6-2 900 2                      
4. Massachusetts-Lowell 27-11-3 823 4                      
5. Notre Dame 23-12-5 758 12                      
6. Boston University 24-12-3 749 6                      
7. Minnesota 23-12-3 692 5                      
8. Penn State 25-12-2 610 11                      
9. North Dakota 21-16-3 562 10                      
10. Western Michigan 22-13-5 528 8                      
11. Union 25-10-3 507 7                      
12. Air Force 27-10-5 474 15                      
13. Cornell 21-9-5 443 9                      
14. Ohio State 21-12-6 369 14                      
15. Providence 22-12-5 357 13                      
16. Boston College 21-15-4 238 16                      
17. Wisconsin 20-15-1 157 17                      
18. Vermont 20-13-5 137 18                      
19. Michigan Tech 23-15-7 131 19                      
20. Quinnipiac 23-15-2 48 20                      
                               
Others receiving votes: Omaha 18, St. Lawrence 11, Robert Morris 10,
St. Cloud State 7, Northeastern 6, Canisius 5, Minnesota State 4,
Bemidji State 3, Clarkson 2, Bowling Green 1.
                               
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (March 27)                        
Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR                      
1. Denver (34) 33-7-4 510 1                      
2. Minnesota Duluth 28-7-7 476 3                      
3. Harvard 28-6-2 442 2                      
4. Notre Dame 23-12-5 387 4                      
5. Massachusetts-Lowell 24-11-3 383 5                      
6. Boston University 24-12-3 333 6                      
7. Minnesota  23-12-3 307 7                      
8. Penn State 25-12-2 240 8                      
9. North Dakota 21-16-3 218 9                      
10. Union  25-10-3 177 11                      
11. Air Force 27-10-5 170 10                      
12. Western Michigan 22-13-5 161 12                      
13. Cornell 21-9-5 112 13                      
14. Ohio State 21-12-6 84 14                      
15. Providence 22-12-5 77 15                      
                               
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence 2, Boston College 1.                      
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