Bulldogs ranked No. 5 in USCHO preseason men's hockey poll
The Bulldogs are among three NCHC teams ranked in the top five. Three Minnesota schools also make up the top five of USCHO preseason men's hockey poll.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth will start the 2022-23 season ranked in the top five nationally when it drops the puck Oct. 1-2 against Arizona State at Amsoil Arena as the Bulldogs came in at No. 5 in the 2022 USCHO preseason men’s hockey poll released Monday.
Defending NCAA champion Denver took the top spot as three NCHC teams made up the top five, with North Dakota being ranked No. 4
The Bulldogs were one of three teams from the state of Minnesota ranked in the top five as Minnesota came in at No. 2 and Minnesota State at No. 3.
The annual NCHC preseason media poll and preseason team are expected later this week, with NCHC Media Day scheduled for Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Bulldogs are coming off a fifth-place finish in the NCHC during the 2021-22 regular season, however, they went on to win the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center before falling to eventual national champion Denver in an NCAA regional final in Loveland, Colorado.
UMD has made seven consecutive NCAA tournaments and saw its run of four-straight NCAA Frozen Four appearances — including back-to-back NCAA titles in 2018 and 2019 — snuffed out by the Pioneers a year ago.
Scott Sandelin, entering his 23rd year as coach of the Bulldogs, brings back just 14 from last year’s team, including two fifth-year seniors — Jesse Jacques and Tanner Laderoute. UMD has brought in 10 freshmen — including 2022 Tampa Bay Lightning first-round draft pick Isaac Howard — and a pair of transfers in former Miami captain Derek Daschke and former Maine goaltender Matthew Thiessen.