OXFORD, Ohio — For the second time in three years, Miami (Ohio) will open the season as the No. 1 team in the country according to the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll, which was released Monday. The RedHawks are ranked No. 2 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, which was also announced Monday.
The ‘Hawks, who finished the season No. 8 in both polls, are also ranked No. 1 in the College Hockey News Preseason Top 10.
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Miami totaled 453 points, including 15 first-place votes, to claim the top spot in the USA Today Poll. CCHA foe Notre Dame is ranked No. 2 in the poll with 427 points and four first-place votes. North Dakota, Denver and Boston College round out the top five, respectively.
The RedHawks will face four teams ranked in the USA Today Poll, including two in the top five, hosting the second-ranked Irish Feb. 17-18 and traveling to No. 4 Denver Nov. 26. Miami also faces No. 9 Michigan in CCHA action in both home and away series and No. 13 Western Michigan in Oxford Jan. 20-21. The four CCHA schools ranked in the top 15 is the second-most of any conference, tying with Hockey East, while the WCHA placed five schools in the 15-team poll.
Boston University comes in at No. 6 in the USA Today Poll followed by Colorado College at No. 7 and Yale at No. 8. The Wolverines sit at No. 9 while defending champion Minnesota Duluth rounds out the top 10.
In the USCHO.com Poll, Notre Dame took top honors, collecting 740 points and 11 first-place votes while Miami had 722 points but 12 first-place votes, the most among any team in the poll. Like in the USA Today Poll, North Dakota, Denver and Boston College completed the top five in the same order.
Michigan ranks No. 6 in the USCHO.com Poll, followed by Colorado College and the defending champion Bulldogs at No. 7 and 8, respectively, with UMD receiving 10 first-place votes. No. 9 Yale and 10th-ranked Boston University round out the top 10. Union, New Hampshire, CCHA foe Western Michigan, Nebraska Omaha and Merrimack take up spots 10 through 15, respectively, in the 20-team poll.