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Sept. 28, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team was ranked 12th in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll and 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll in rankings released Monday.

The Buckeyes are the third-highest ranked team in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, as they follow No. 1/2 Michigan and No. 9/9 Michigan State. Miami held down the 15th spot in the USCHO.com rankings and received votes in the other poll. Northern Michigan, Notre Dame and Bowling Green were the other CCHA teams receiving votes in at least one of the polls.

Ohio State opens the season against No. 10/10 New Hampshire Oct. 9 in the Ice Breaker Tournament in Durham, N.H. The squad opens its home schedule against Miami at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 21 in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes were 26-16 last season and finished fourth in the CCHA with a 16-12 ledger. After winning three games in three nights to win the CCHA Super Six tournament title and the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, the squad finished the year sixth in the USCHO.com poll and ninth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Preseason Poll
September 27, 2004

Team (First Place) Record Pts Last
Year
1. Michigan (17) 27-14-2 541 7
2. Maine (9) 33-8-3 493 1
3. Boston College (2) 29-9-4 488 4
4. Minnesota-Duluth (4) 28-13-4 447 5
5. North Dakota (2) 30-8-3 413 2
6. Minnesota 27-14-3 331 3
7. Denver (4) 27-12-5 302 8
8. Wisconsin (1) 22-13-8 276 11
9. Michigan State 24-16-2 262 12
10. New Hampshire (1) 20-15-6 218 10
11. Dartmouth 14-11-9 196 NR
12. Ohio State 26-16-0 169 6
13. Cornell 16-10-6 154 NR
14. Colorado College 20-16-3 149 14
15. Miami 23-14-4 88 9

Others Receiving Votes: Mass.-Lowell 58, Boston University 47, Colgate 35, Northern Michigan 29, Notre Dame 27, Harvard 25, Massachusetts 21, Brown 10, Holy Cross 5, St. Cloud State 5, Clarkson 4, Niagara 4, Bowling Green 1, Mercyhurst 1, Rensselaer 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men’s College Hockey Poll — #1 (Preseason)
(first-place votes in parentheses)

  Pts 2003-04
Final Rnk
2003-04
Final Record
1. Boston College 449 (9) 3 29-9-4
2. University of Michigan 441 (16) 7 27-14-2
3. University of North Dakota 379 (1) 5 30-8-3
4. University of Maine 374 2 33-8-3
5. University of Minnesota-Duluth 348 (2) 4 28-13-4
6. University of Wisconsin 289 (2) 8 22-13-8
7. University of Denver 280 (4) 1 27-12-5
8. University of Minnesota 260 6 27-14-3
9. Michigan State University 240 14 20-16-3
10. University of New Hampshire 197 11 20-15-6
11. Dartmouth College 172 NR 14-11-9
12. Colorado College 108 15 20-16-3
13. Ohio State University 107 9 26-16-0
14. Cornell University 104 NR 16-10-6
15. University of Massachusetts-Lowell 76 NR 10-23-7

Others receiving votes: Miami University (Ohio), 68; Boston University, 62; Harvard University, 28; University of Notre Dame, 27; Colgate University, 27; Brown University, 15; University of Massachusetts, 10; Northern Michigan University, 10; Mercyhurst College, 3; Niagara University, 3; Sacred Heart University, 3.