Six teams received first-place votes in the preseason USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll conducted on Monday, but with 19 first-place votes and 844 total points, Massachusetts-Lowell starts the year in the top spot.
No. 2 Miami had 14 first-place votes, followed by No. 3 Wisconsin with two, No. 5 Minnesota with one, sixth-ranked and defending national champion Yale with eight and No. 10 Quinnipiac with a single No. 1 vote.
Boston College finished fourth in the poll.
North Dakota, Notre Dame and St. Cloud State took up spots seven through nine, respectively.
There was a tie for 11th place as Michigan and Minnesota State each wound up with 417 points.
New Hampshire landed at No. 13, Providence 14th, Rensselaer 15th, Union at No. 16, Denver at No. 17, Western Michigan at No. 18, Boston University 19th and Niagara at No. 20.
In addition, 19 other schools received votes in the poll.
The next poll will be conducted Monday, Oct. 14.