The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) has announced its preseason poll for the upcoming Division 1 hockey season. The poll sees the University of Jamestown come in at 9, ahead of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels.
The Jimmies look to climb further up the ACHA standings this year after a 14-16-4 finish to their last campaign. That climb will have to go through the defending national champions in the Adrian College Bulldogs, who come in at the top spot after a 21-1-0 season last year. The top five of the poll joining Adrian are Lindenwood, Liberty, Minot State, and Indiana Tech. The team right ahead of the Jimmies in the top 10 is Michigan-Dearborn.
The ranking is not of any concern for a few months to the team, though. It is a positive for the team who has previously been ranked in the top 20.
"Yeah, we don't really look at the rankings until after Christmas time or after the new year cause there are a lot of games," head coach Dean Stork said. "We just want to go into each game and try and win each game and expect to win each game. Right now we are not really too concerned about the rankings."
The Jimmies start their season at home on Thursday, Sept. 30, when they face off against the Minot State Beavers with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.