CORTLAND, N.Y. – The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces its 2012-13 Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll.
Coaches voted for every team in the conference and points were assigned for each vote (eight for first, seven for second, etc.). Teams are ranked in order of highest point total to lowest with first place votes shown in parentheses.
With seven first place votes, Oswego State earned the top spot for the third straight year. Head coach Ed Gosek and the Lakers are coming off a season where they posted an overall record of 24-4-2 and a conference record of 14-0-2, but came up short of the league title. Oswego received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament where it defeated Elmira, 5-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to the NCAA Division III Championships for the third consecutive year, marking a program first.
With 58 points and two first place votes, reigning SUNYAC champion Plattsburgh took second place in the pre-season poll. The Cardinals have won four of the last five SUNYAC titles and made their fifth consecutive trip and 20th overall to the NCAA tournament last year where they were eliminated by Amherst College. The team finished 19-5-4 overall and 12-3-1 in conference play.
Geneseo was voted third with just one more point than Buffalo State who was fourth with 45 points. The Knights Ice finished the 2011-12 conference regular season with a fourth place record of 7-8-1 and fell in the first round of the SUNYAC tournament to fifth-seeded Fredonia, 4-1.
The Bengals finished last season 8-7-1 in the conference and 13-12-2 overall and advanced to their first-ever SUNYAC semifinal game in program history.
Completing the poll are Fredonia, Potsdam, Brockport, Cortland and Morrisville.
SUNYAC conference games begin Friday, October 26. The six-team SUNYAC tournament will be held on February 20, February 23 and March 2, 2012 on campuses. The top-two teams will receive a first-round bye.
2012 SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey Pre-Season Poll
1. Oswego State 63 (7)
2. Plattsburgh 58 (2)
3. Geneseo 46
4. Buffalo St. 45
5. Fredonia 37
6. Potsdam 27
7. Brockport 25
8. Cortland 14
9. Morrisville 9