Monday, October 4, 2010

Seven WCHA teams ranked

The first Division I men's rankings were released on Monday, and defending national champion Boston College is ranked No. 1, getting 45 of 50 first-place votes (including PucKato's).

Seven WCHA teams were ranked in the top 20 and two others also received votes. North Dakota is ranked second (with three first-place votes), St. Cloud State is fourth, Minnesota Duluth is eighth, Denver is ninth, Wisconsin is 13th, Minnesota is 15th and Colorado College is 20th. Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha also got votes, leaving Minnesota State, Alaska-Anchorage and Michigan Tech on the outside looking in right now.

Here is the poll:

1. Boston College
2. North Dakota
3. Miami
4. St. Cloud State
5. Michigan
6. Yale
7. Maine
8. Minnesota-Duluth
9. Denver
10. New Hampshire
11. Cornel
12. Alaska
13. Wisconsin
14. Boston University
15. Minnesota
16. Michigan State
17. Notre Dame
18. RIT
19. Union
20. Colorado College

Others receiving votes: Vermont, Bemidji State, Northern Michigan, Ferris State, Nebraska-Omaha, Northeastern, RPI, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac, Merrimack, Ohio State, Colgate, St. Lawrence, Air Force, UMass-Lowell, Robert Morris

Meanwhile, put out its WCHA preview on Monday, while Inside College Hockey ranked all 58 D-I teams and put Minnesota State at No. 39, citing the Mavericks' tough road swing that lasts from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

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