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Mass Attack Receiving Votes In USA Today/USA Hockey Preseason Poll

Senior Scott Crowder and the Minutemen begin the season against No. 12 Michigan State on Oct. 10.

Senior Scott Crowder and the Minutemen begin the season against No. 12 Michigan State on Oct. 10.

Sept. 23, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's hockey team entered the 2008-09 season as one of the top Receiving Votes teams in the USA Today/USA Hockey preseason top-15 poll. The Minutemen are listed as the sixth team to receive votes (9) and are tied with fellow Hockey East member UMass Lowell. Overall, eight of the 10 Hockey East schools were listed in the first poll of the season with Boston College, defending National Champions, ranked first.

The Mass Attack will begin the season at the prestigious Ice Breaker Tournament on Oct. 10-11 against Michigan State and North Dakota. The Spartans are ranked No. 12, while the Fighting Sioux are ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll. The Spartans won the 2007 NCAA title, while the Fighting Sioux have advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the last four seasons.

Hockey East was well represented in the poll. Following the Eagles who took top billing, New Hampshire begins the season ranked No. 7 followed by Boston University at No. 10. Following UMass and UMass Lowell in the receiving votes category are Vermont (6 points), Maine (3) and Northeastern (3).

Cornell was the only other non-conference opponent of the Minutemen's to be listed in the receiving votes category (30 points).

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men¹s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences as well as composite votes from officers of the American Hockey Coaches Association and USA Hockey Magazine the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.




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