Bulldogs Slotted 10th Nationally in ACHA Division I Preseason Rankings

Bulldogs Slotted 10th Nationally in ACHA Division I Preseason Rankings

ACHA news release

UNION LAKE, Mich.--The Adrian College American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I men's hockey team will start the 2016-17 campaign ranked 10th in the nation, according to the ACHA preseason poll released Thursday by the organization.

The defending national champion Lindenwood Lions are picked as the preseason favorite after taking 20 of 24 first place votes in the rankings. 

"The ACHA has become very competitive and balanced over the past decade," Adrian first-year coach Gary Astalos said. "While it is very nice to be ranked 10th in the country, we will have a lot of work to do in order to reach our goals of moving up the national ranking ladder."

Fans can catch their first glimpse of the new-look Bulldogs--who have 13 underclassmen on the 29-man roster that represents student-athletes from four states, three Canadian provinces and two European countries--on Monday (11 a.m.) against the Northeast Generals of the North American Hockey League. The Junior-A league had five players chosen in the last National Hockey League Draft. There is no admission charge for this exhibition contest played at Arrington Ice Arena.

Adrian finished 24-5-3 overall last season, qualified for the national tournament and ended up 11th in the ACHA rankings.

Below are the preseason Top-25 rankings for ACHA D-I, but others receiving votes are Rhode Island, Mercyhurst, Robert Morris (Pa.), Indiana Tech, Canisius and West Virginia.

2016-2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 Preseason Ranking


Rank

School Name

1st Votes

Record

Pts

Previous

1

Lindenwood

20

27-10-0

498

1

2

Iowa State

1

26-9-6

469

2

3

Stony Brook

1

30-3-2

455

3

4

Davenport

 

33-3-2

425

4

5

Minot State

 

34-3-2

422

5

6

Central Oklahoma

 

26-8-2

400

6

T 7

Ohio

1

29-9-2

362

9

T 7

Oklahoma

 

22-10-5

362

8

9

Colorado

1

26-8-2

355

10

10

Adrian

 

24-5-3

330

11

11

Robert Morris Illinois

 

21-14-4

291

12

12

Michigan-Dearborn

 

22-5-4

277

13

13

Delaware

 

22-10-4

244

14

14

Arizona

 

10-19-4

233

15

15

Syracuse

 

24-9-2

200

16

16

Illinois

 

20-15-3

198

17

17

Liberty

 

12-17-2

173

19

18

Western Michigan

 

20-11-5

170

18

19

Niagara

 

24-8-2

136

20

20

Arkansas

 

15-15-3

98

21

21

Rutgers

 

12-13-1

76

22

22

Colorado State

 

9-24-5

72

23

23

Buffalo

 

23-9-2

61

24

T 24

Missouri State

 

18-21-0

37

25

T 24

Arizona State

 

32-3-2

37

NR

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