The Hockey East women’s preseason poll has been released, and if the coaches are channeling their inner Nostradamus, the Cats will be fighting with New Hampshire for fifth for the second straight year.
Receiving 45 points in the poll, the Catamounts were tied with the Wildcats with 45 points for fifth, 11 points behind fourth-placed UConn and 3 ahead of seventh-placed Providence.
To the surprise of nobody, Boston College was ranked #1, and their noisy neighbors of BU and Northeastern followed. Those three were the only to receive first-place votes.
Last year, the polls touted the Catamounts for 7th in Hockey East, and they finished sixth. Can they out-do their poll numbers and sneak into home ice in the playoffs? Who knows. Only time will tell.