Men's Hockey Preseason Poll released in new-look NCHA

Men's Hockey Preseason Poll released in new-look NCHA

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey has been predicted for an eighth-place finish in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason Poll, which was voted on by the league's ten head coaches and released Monday.

The Falcons are in their second season under head coach Jasen Wise and finished with a program-record seven wins in 2012-13. CUW went 7-13 in conference play last year, the final year the league was under the MCHA name. CUW returns several players from that squad, while adding several talented newcomers to the fold in 2013-14.

St. Norbert College was picked to win the league, receiving nine first-place votes. The 81 points was the highest SNC could receive as coaches could not vote for their own teams. The Green Knights have won three of the past six NCAA National Championships.

For the first time in its six-year history, Adrian College was not picked to win the league. Adrian finished 23-2-3 last season and has won six consecutive league titles, including five Harris Cups, which is awarded to the league's tournament winner. The Bulldogs earned the final first-place vote and 73 points.

The College of St. Scholastica was third with 62 points and followed by MSOE and Marian University who finished with 54 and 44 points, respectively. Lawrence University was just ahead of CUW with 34 points, while Northland College and Finlandia University each finished with 13 points.

The Falcons will begin their 2013-14 schedule November 1 with a trip to Lawrence. CUW will host LU the next night at 7 p.m. The Falcons will also hold their Blue/White Scrimmage this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ozaukee Ice Center.

2013-2014 NCHA Men's Hockey Preseason Poll
1. St. Norbert College (9), 81
2. Adrian College (1), 73
3. College of St. Scholastica, 62
4. MSOE, 54
5. Marian University, 44
6. Lake Forest College, 42
7. Lawrence University, 34
8. Concordia University Wisconsin, 28
9. Northland College, 13
10. Finlandia University, 13