PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's ice hockey team received votes in the first United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division I poll of the 2013-14 season, recently released by the college ice hockey website.
The Bears received four votes in the USCHO's first national poll of the season and were among eight ECAC programs receiving votes in the national rankings for the upcoming campaign. Brown went 16-14-6 last season for its first winning season since 2004-05 and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship game after upsetting top-seeded Quinnipiac in the semifinals.
According to the poll, Brown will play against seven teams listed in the USCHO top-20 rankings during the upcoming season, including defending national champion Yale, crosstown rival Providence and fourth-ranked Boston College at home on Jan. 11, 2014.
Under the direction of head coach Brendan Whittet, who enters his fifth season at the helm, Brown will look to carry over last year's success into the 2013-14 season. Brown returns its top five scorers from last year's team, including junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ont.), who led the Bears in points (37) and ranked second in the ECAC in goals (22). Lorito earned All-ECAC Second Team honors and was recently named to the ECAC Hockey Media Association's 2013-14 preseason all-conference team.
The Bears open their 2013-14 campaign against defending national champion Yale on Friday, October 25, at the Liberty Hockey Invitational, to be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
USCHO.com Division 1 Men's Hockey Poll
Team (First Place Votes)
1 Massachusetts-Lowell (19)
2 Miami (14)
3 Wisconsin ( 2)
4 Boston College
5 Minnesota ( 1)
6 Yale ( 8)
7 North Dakota
8 Notre Dame
9 St. Cloud State
11 Minnesota State
13 New Hampshire
18 Western Michigan
19 Boston University
Others receiving votes: Cornell 80, Ferris State 67, Harvard 18, Minnesota-Duluth 18, Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 14, Michigan Tech 14, Canisius 12, Colorado College 11, Ohio State 11, Alaska 10, Mercyhurst 10, Michigan State 6, Rochester Institute of Technology 5, Bowling Green 4, Brown 4, Dartmouth 2, Merrimack 2, Robert Morris 2.