For second consecutive year, Air Force tops Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches poll

Air Force players celebrate a first period goal, as they lead 3-0 after the first period (2018 Omar Phillips)
Air Force advanced to the NCAA tournament last year, knocking off then-No. 1 St. Cloud State in the West Regional semifinal (photo: Omar Phillips).

The 2018-19 Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches poll was announced Tuesday morning with the two-time defending Atlantic Hockey tournament champion Air Force sitting at the top for the second straight year.

The Falcons earned 97 voting points and seven first-place votes. Canisius is second with 92 points and picked up the other four first-place votes.

2018-19 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll

School (First-place votes)Voting points
1. Air Force (7)97
2. Canisius (4)92
3. Robert Morris66
4. Mercyhurst65
5. American International60
6. Army West Point55
7. RIT49
8. Holy Cross40
9. Bentley31
10. Sacred Heart29
11. Niagara21