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UND hockey ranked 11th nationally, 3rd in NCHC preseason polls

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The UND hockey team had made 15 consecutive NCAA Tournaments until last season, when the second-longest streak in college hockey history was snapped.

The Fighting Hawks can now officially turn the page to this season as preseason rankings came out today.

North Dakota will start the season ranked 11th nationally and 3rd in the NCHC.

Every team in the NCHC either received votes or is ranked so that should tell fans how tough conference play will be this season.

Here is the look at the NCHC Preseason Media Poll. Minnesota Duluth is the favorite and are ranked first in the nation. St. Cloud State is second and are ranked 6th nationally.

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