College Hockey:
Massachusetts-Lowell, Boston College tie for top spot in Hockey East preseason coaches’ poll

Massachusetts-Lowell and Boston College each received 104 voting points to forge a first-place tie in the Hockey East preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

Lowell earned seven first-place votes, while BC tallied the other four.

In addition, the Hockey East Writers & Broadcasters’ Association conducted their own poll and named a preseason all-conference team


School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
1 (tie). Massachusetts-Lowell (7)104
1 (tie). Boston College (4)104
3 (tie). New Hampshire84
3 (tie). Notre Dame84
5. Providence79
6. Boston University67
7. Merrimack54
8. Maine45
9. Vermont34
10. Massachusetts32
11. Northeastern28


School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
1. Massachusetts-Lowell (26)384
2. Boston College (8)365
3. Notre Dame (1)317
4. Providence (1)294
5. New Hampshire273
6. Boston University (1)235
7. Merrimack185
8. Maine138
9. Vermont117
10. Massachusetts71
11. Northeastern63


Mike CollinsFSr.Merrimack
Johnny GaudreauFJr.Boston College
Joseph PendenzaFSr.Massachusetts-Lowell
Michael MathesonDSo.Boston College
Trevor van RiemsdykDJr.New Hampshire
Jon GilliesGSo.Providence

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  • Justin

    Psyched to see if Friars can keep it up after last year’s great run. And I’m not sleeping on Blackbears. Young but hungry and (finally) with new coach…and finished strong the last 12-13 games or so. Most of scoring back, solid if in consistent goalkeeping…They’ll battle for home ice.

    Lowell’s conference to lose with the returning core. Can’t wait.

  • Joe Crowley

    I sure hope BU can build on last year’s growth. 6th is exactly middle of the road.

  • ChuckGandCrew

    BC has the best recruiting class according to common knowledge, but don’t underestimate Lowell’s incoming class. BC hasn’t proven anything in net, PC and Lowell are the teams to beat in my mind. I think the travel may be too much for ND. UNH, and Merrimack will be in the mix, but I’m anticipating down year from BU. The, “everyone gets a trophy” style tournament starts this year, so the will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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