Tuesday, September 10, 2013

MSU on the radar

With less than four weeks until the official start date of the men's college hockey season, preseason stories have started to trickle in. College Hockey News on Monday unveiled its preseason top 10 and picked Minnesota State 10th in the country.

The Mavericks' first opponent of the season, Providence (MSU will play there on Oct. 11-12), is ranked ninth. Massachusetts-Lowell is first.

Minnesota State is the only team from the new WCHA on the list. However, there are three former teams, including Wisconsin (3), North Dakota (5) and Minnesota (6).

Staying on the subject of the new WCHA, The Free Press will be handling this year's preseason coaches poll, which will be released at the end of the month. For 42 years, the Grand Forks Herald conducted the poll, but, with North Dakota out of the league, that paper won't be doing it anymore. Enter Puckato!

As for the media poll, which had been conducted by Minnesota Duluth radio voice Bruce Ciskie, it looks like Bemidji Pioneer scribe Jack Hittinger will be putting that out before the season begins.

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