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Associated Press, Published September 20 2013

UND hockey team picked to finish 2nd in new conference

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota is picked by the media to finish second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in its inaugural season.

Miami of Ohio tops the preseason poll, followed by UND, St. Cloud State, Denver and Western Michigan.

Miami received seven of the 16 first-place votes in the poll. UND got five and St. Cloud State four.

Minnesota Duluth, Colorado College and Nebraska Omaha round out the poll.

UND returns 18 letter-winners from last year's team that reached the NCAA West Region championship game. UND is joining the NCHC after having won a league-record 15 regular season titles in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.