Monday, October 08, 2012

Division I college hockey rankings and more

With the lack of NHL news and the hold on the start of the regular season, The Phanatic aims to keep you updated on the game beyond what the Flyers and their opponents are doing or not doing as the lockout continues.

The start of Division I college hockey's regular season will occur this coming weekend, and USCHO released a pre-season poll of the top 20 schools, as follows:

1.  Boston College (35 first-place votes)  33-10-1   National Champions
2.  Minnesota (12)                                   28-14-1   Frozen Four participant
3.  Michigan (3)                                       24-13-4
4.  North Dakota                                     26-13-3
5.  Union                                                 26-8-7      Frozen Four participant
6.  Cornell                                               19-9-7
7.  UMass-Lowell                                   24-13-1
8.  Denver                                               25-14-4
9.  Miami (Ohio)                                     24-15-2
10. Western Michigan                              21-14-6
11. Ferris State                                        26-12-5    National runner-up 
12. Minnesota-Duluth                              25-10-6
13. Boston University                              23-15-1
14. Notre Dame                                      19-18-3
15. Maine                                                23-14-3
16. Michigan State                                   19-16-4
17. Harvard                                            13-10-11
18. Wisconsin                                          17-18-2
19. Air Force                                          21-11-7
20. Colorado College                              18-16-2

Princeton, the closest D-I school to Philadelphia, doesn't begin its 2012-13 schedule until the 19th with a two-game exhibition against Guelph. The Tigers' first regular-season game is on October 26 at Brown, and their first official home tilt is November 9 against Cornell at Baker Rink.

Coverage of the college hockey season, on NBC Sports Network, begins this Friday with the Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City featuring Maine, Notre Dame, Army and Nebraska-Omaha.

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