Gopher pucksters ranked No. 8

What a difference a year makes. The Gophers are no longer the top dog in the WCHA, let alone the nation.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll listed the Golden Gophers at No. 8, behind WCHA rivals North Dakota (third), Minnesota-Duluth (fifth), Wisconsin (sixth) and Denver (seventh).

Colorado College clocked in at No. 12, putting six WCHA teams listed in the top 15.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll (Preseason)
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Boston College, 449 (9)
2. Michigan, 441 (16)
3. North Dakota, 379 (1)
4. Maine, 374
5. Minnesota-Duluth, 348 (2)
6. Wisconsin, 289 (2)
7. Denver, 280 (4)
8. Minnesota, 260
9. Michigan State, 240
10. New Hampshire, 197
11. Dartmouth, 172
12. Colorado College, 108
13. Ohio State, 107
14. Cornell, 104
15. UMass-Lowell, 76


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