The first major preseason poll of the 2009-10 hockey season – the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll – is out. Air Force missed the Top 15, but came in 19th with 43 points. The Falcons are rated ahead of Colorado College, which is earned eight points in the poll, same as Northeastern, its first opponent.
Miami (Ohio), which lost in last season’s NCAA title game, is ranked No. 1 (457, four first-place votes) ahead of Denver (455, 13) and defending national champ Boston University (438, 12).