SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Three Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s ice hockey teams were ranked in the latest national polls. Endicott, Salve Regina, and the University of New England all earned spots in the D3hockey.com Men’s Top 15 and the USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll. This is the first time in league history that three teams have been nationally ranked at one time.
The Gulls, which now stand at 14-1-1, continued their upward climb landing in the No. 2 spot in both polls. They received 273 points in the D3hockey.com poll (including a first place vote) to move up from the No. 3 spot. They held steady at No. 2 in the USCHO.com poll with 277 points (including a first place vote). After dropping its season opener, Endicott is currently riding a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1).
Salve Regina, which holds a 10-3-2 record, remained in the No. 12 spot of the USCHO.com poll after re-entering last week. They also entered the D3hockey.com poll for the first time this year, also at No. 12. The Seahawks leap into the national rankings was a result of their championship run at the Cod Fish Bowl to close out 2017. In that tournament they knocked off Adrian and UMass Boston, both of which were ranked at the time. Salve Regina received 93 points in the D3hockey.com poll and 101 points in the USCHO.com poll.
UNE, which is 10-3-2, earned its first-ever national rankings and currently sit at No. 13 in the D3hockey.com poll with 62 points and No. 14 in the USCHO.com poll with 31 points. The Nor’easters are currently riding a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) with their last three victories coming against ranked opponents.
Nichols a fourth CCC team close to cracking the top 15 as they received a vote in the USCHO.com poll this week.
CCC hockey teams will have one more week of non-conference action before the conference schedule starts up again next weekend.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.