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Bemidji State begins season at No. 9 in the country

Minnesota celebrates its 4-1 win over Harvard in the 2015 Frozen Four title game on March 22, 2015 at Ridder Arena. (MHM Photo / Mackenzi Marinovich)

Bemidji State begins season at No. 9 in the country

The season’s first U.S. College Hockey Online Division I women’s poll was released this morning and, to no one’s surprise, Minnesota opens the season as the No. 1 team in the nation. The defending national champions, coming off of a 34-3-4 season garnered all 15 first-place votes.

The Golden Gophers are joined in the poll by fellow WCHA combatants Wisconsin (3) and North Dakota (6) while Bemidji State debuts in the No. 9 spot to begin the season, up one spot from where BSU finished a remarkable breakout campaign in 2014-15 which saw the Beavers defeat the Gophers to advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff title game.

New coach Maura Crowell’s Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs open up outside the top ten but did receive five votes in the poll to earn some consideration.

All five Minnesota Division I teams take the ice competitively for the first time this coming weekend (Sept. 25-27):

Minnesota and St. Cloud State begin play hosting single exhibition games against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Friday and Saturday, respectively, while UMD opens its season on the road with a Saturday-Sunday series at Lindenwood.

Bemidji State opens Jim Scanlan’s second season at home against Robert Morris University on Friday and Saturday and John Harrington’s debut behind the Minnesota State bench with a pair of home games against Union College, also a Friday-Saturday series. Division I Women’s Poll
Minneapolis, Minn./September 21, 2015

 Team(First Place)RecordPointsLast Year
2Boston College 34-3-21283
3Wisconsin 29-7-41244
4Harvard 27-6-31012
5Clarkson 24-11-3847
6North Dakota 22-12-3648
7Quinnipiac 26-9-3566
8Boston University 25-9-3495
9Bemidji State 21-17-12510
10Cornell 19-11-3189

Others receiving votes: Northeastern 11, Mercyhurst 6, Minnesota-Duluth 5, St. Lawrence 4.

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including coaches and women’s hockey writers from across the country. provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.

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