Men's Ice Hockey Earns National Preseason No. 12 Ranking



BOSTON ??? The Boston University men???s ice hockey team earned a No. 12 ranking on the preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the same position in which the Terriers ended their 2004-05 campaign. It marks an improvement from last year???s preseason poll, when BU fell in the ???others receiving votes??? category. The Terriers also placed 13th on the preseason poll.

With a 23-14-4 record last season, the Terriers finished a point off from the lead in Hockey East and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament, where eventual national runner-up North Dakota beat the Terriers in the Northeast regional. BU also brought the coveted Beanpot championship back to Commonwealth Avenue for the 26th time in school history.

Minnesota was picked first on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, with reigning back-to-back national champion Denver chosen second. The two were switched in the poll, with DU getting the No. 1 nod and Minnesota jumping in at No. 2.

Boston College, New Hampshire and Maine also made the top 15 from Hockey East. BC garnered the best ranking at No. 5, while UNH and Maine were Nos. 9 and 11, respectively. UMass Lowell finished just off the top-15 poll, but earned a No. 16 spot on new 20-team system.

The Terriers return 21 letter winners from last year, including All-America candidate junior John Curry (Shorewood, Minn.) in net. On defense, seven players are back from 2004-05, while up front, BU returns its top three scorers in seniors David Van der Gulik (Abbotsford, B.C.) and John Laliberte (Saco, Maine), along with sophomore Peter MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.).

BU faces off against the University of Toronto in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 7) before opening both the regular season and Hockey East play versus UMass Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll - Preseason

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Minnesota, 464 (17)

2. Denver, 449 (14)

t3. Ohio State, 380 (2)

t3. Cornell, 380

5. Boston College, 375 (1)

6. North Dakota, 323

7. Colorado College, 318

8. Michigan, 284

9. New Hampshire, 263

10. Wisconsin, 184

11. Maine, 147

12. Boston University, 99

13. Northern Michigan, 98

14. Dartmouth, 73

15. Harvard, 65

Others receiving votes: UMass Lowell 60; Michigan State 54; Colgate 20; Vermont 12; Mercyhurst 10; Minnesota Duluth 9; Holy Cross 6; Nebraska Omaha 4; Massachusetts 1; St. Cloud State 1; St. Lawrence 1. Division I Men's Poll - Preseason

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Denver, 662 (17)

2. Minnesota, 653 (13)

3. Boston College, 583 (2)

4. Cornell, 580

5. Ohio State, 566 (2)

6. Colorado College, 523

7. North Dakota, 502 (1)

8. Michigan, 481

9. New Hampshire, 459

10. Wisconsin, 391 (1)

11. Maine, 309

12. Northern Michigan, 270

13. Boston University, 260

14. Dartmouth, 242

15. Harvard, 222

16. UMass Lowell, 208

17. Michigan State, 204

18. Colgate, 78

t19. Vermont, 51

t19. Minnesota Duluth, 51

Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 40, Nebraska Omaha 40, Miami 37, St. Lawrence 29, Alabama Huntsville 17, Massachusetts 17, Mercyhurst 17, Alaska Fairbanks 15, Minnesota State 15, Clarkson 8, St. Cloud State 8, Rensselaer 6, Brown 5, Holy Cross 3, Lake Superior 2, Quinnipiac 2, Wayne State 2, Bowling Green 1, Ferris State 1.



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