The first preseason college hockey poll came out today for the women. UND is ranked No. 5, the highest preseason ranking in program history.
The rankings are a reflection of last season’s finish. I suspect most voters have no clue how to vote on this season, especially because it is an Olympic year and some top-end players will be missing. Therefore, they go with last year’s results.
Minnesota is ranked No. 1, UND is No. 5, Wisconsin is No. 7 from the WCHA (yes, the women are still in the WCHA).
We will chat a tiny bit about the women’s team on this week’s UND SportsZone show.
Former UND standout Corban Knight scored a shorthanded goal in Calgary’s preseason game against Ottawa. Knight is in a battle to try to make Calgary’s NHL roster out of the gate.
The Big Ten released its hockey TV schedule with quite a few games on the tube. Big Ten Network’s coverage significantly picks up after Jan. 1. Check it out here.
Minnesota announced today that freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli has left the program, unable to balance hockey and academics. He’s likely headed to Medicine Hat of the WHL. Vannelli was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues.