UNO Leaps DU in Week One Polls

UNO hockey jumps seven spots, reaches highest ranking in school history
University Nebraska - Omaha, ranked 10th in the preseason hockey rankings, was the only team in the's top 10 to win both its games in the opening week. New No. 1 North Dakota and reigning national champion Providence, which is now No. 2, both went 1-0-1 while every other team — except Harvard, which did not play — lost at least once. The Mavs moved ahead of 5th place DU and into 3rd place.

Mavs coach Dean Blais said he was just proud that his program has reached this point.

The new arena is certainly exciting, but the players that are here really make it go,” he said. “The arena helps. The fan base — to have 7,800 to 8,000 in the arena every night — is going to be a big shot in the arm, but it’s a real compliment as a program, going on 20 years, that we’ve come along this fast.

“We were hoping it would happen. It was always a question of when is it going to happen or is it going to happen at all? I think taking the program to where it ended up last year and starting out this year (says a lot). We still want to win a national championship. We still want to win the league championship. We still want to make it to the Target Center. We still haven’t done those things yet, but it’s on its way.”

LetsGoDU called it earlier that UNO is becoming a key nemesis for DU on the ice as well as Summit League courts and fields.

Rank, Team (first-place votes), Rec., Pts., Prev.

1. North Dakota (18), 1-0-1, 922, 4

2. Providence (13), 1-0-1, 870, 7

3. UNO (8), 2-0-0, 842, 10

4. Boston College (7), 1-1-0, 832, 1

5. Denver, 1-1-0, 652, 5

6. Boston University, 0-1-0, 647, 3

7. Minnesota-Duluth, 0-1-0, 645, 2

8. Harvard (2), 0-0-0, 629, 8

9. Massachusetts-Lowell (2), 1-0-0, 555, 14

10. Bowling Green, 2-0-0, 521, 16
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