per Randy:

Good afternoon, hockey fans. It’s late September, and that means the college hockey season is quickly approaching, with season openers for many teams on Saturday, Oct. 6. One of those matchups will be the Gophers opening at defending national champion Minnesota Duluth at Amsoil Arena in the first game of a home-and-home series that concludes the next day at Mariucci Arena.

U.S. College Hockey Online released its preseason poll on Monday, and the Bulldogs are the overwhelming choice as the No. 1 team. Minnesota Duluth, which won its second NCAA championship at Xcel Energy Center in April, received 44 of 50 first-place votes. The three Big Ten teams that advanced to the Frozen Four -- Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan – complete the top four in order, followed by Providence at No. 5.

St. Cloud State is No. 6, Minnesota State Mankato is No. 10, North Dakota is No. 11 and the Gophers are No. 13.

Go Gophers!!