Air Force, Colorado College pick up a few votes in USCHO.com preseason rankings

Published: September 30, 2013, 4:17 pm, by Joe Paisley

CC Cody Bradley_AFA1Air Force received slightly more votes than Colorado College in the U.S. College Hockey Online preseason poll announced on Monday afternoon.

The rankings mirrored the earlier USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Hockey East favorite Massachusetts-Lowell picked No. 1 followed by National Collegiate Hockey Conference member Miami second.

In the USCHO.com rankings, North Dakota was picked seventh, St. Cloud State ninth with Denver at No. 17 and Western Michigan at No. 18.

Atlantic Hockey Association favorite Niagara was No. 20. Air Force received 14 votes and Colorado College 11.

Here is the complete poll. All eight NCHC teams garnered votes.

The future CC opponents (11) this season are bolded.

USCHO.com Division I

Preseason poll

Team (1st-place votes)             Pts.

1. UMass-Lowell (19)                        844

2. Miami (14)                          837

3. Wisconsin (2)                      740

4. Boston College                   728

5. Minnesota (1)                      660

6. Yale (8)                               644

7. North Dakota                      636

8. Notre Dame                                    575

9. St. Cloud State                    513

10. Quinnipiac (1)                   419

11 (tie) Michigan                    417

11 (tie) Minnesota State          417

13. New Hampshire                354

14. Providence                                    271

15. RPI                                    266

16. Union                                258

17. Denver                              241

18. Western Michigan                        117

19. Boston University             113

20. Niagara                              94

Others receiving votes: Cornell 80, Ferris State 67, Harvard 18, Minnesota-Duluth 18, Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 14, Michigan Tech 14, Canisius 12, Colorado College 11, Ohio State 11, Alaska-Fairbanks 10, Mercyhurst 10, Michigan State 6, RIT 5, Bowling Green 4, Brown 4, Dartmouth 2, Merrimack 2, Robert Morris 2.