Quinnipiac is ranked 13th in the United States College Hockey Online preseason men’s poll that was released on Monday.
The Bobcats are coming off a 21-11-2 season. Quinnipiac returns seven players who had at least 10 points, including Odeen Tufto, the team leader with 31 assists and 38 points, and Wyatt Bongiovanni, who had a team-best 15 goals. Goalie Keith Petruzzelli, who was 21-10-2 with a 2.01 goals against average and three shutouts as a junior, also returns.
Quinnipiac brought in a five-player freshman class led by forward Ty Smilanic, the 74th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft earlier this month.
Sacred Heart, coming off a 21-10-3 season and UConn (15-15-4) were among other teams receiving votes.
North Dakota received 28 of 40 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 spot. Boston College, led by goalie Spencer Knight of Darien, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State and Denver round out the top five.
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