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October 13, 2000
Wentworth, St. Michael's Favorites in Northeast
Leopards Top Division III Poll; Ice Knights Head Division II
Compiled by USCHO Staff
CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Wentworth and St. Michael's are the
teams to beat in the Northeast Ice Hockey League according to league
The Leopards, who posted an 11-1-1 conference mark in 1999-00,
garnered 10 first-place votes and totaled 154 points from the
Division III Northeast coaches.
The Ice Knights received six points from the Division II head
coaches to top the four Division II programs.
Fitchburg State, runner-up to Wentworth in the regular-season
standings and conference tournament a year ago, shared the No. 2
slot in the Division III poll with Lebanon Valley. Each team
received one first-place vote and 133 points.
UMass-Dartmouth (128 points) and Tufts (115) garnered the Nos. 4
and 5 spots, respectively.
New Hampshire College and Assumption shared the second spot among
Division II programs. Each team received five points.
The Northeast League, which comprises 18 teams, breaks out its
standings into Divisions II and III teams. While all league games
count in the standings, separate standings are kept for Divisions II
and III. The winner of the Division III Northeast tournament
receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III championship;
the four Division II teams are seeded for an ECAC postseason
tournament, which includes St. Anselm from the
ECAC East Ice Hockey League.
2000-01 Northeast Coaches' Polls
1. Wentworth (10) 154
2. Fitchburg State (1) 133
Lebanon Valley (1) 133
4. UMass-Dartmouth 128
5. Tufts 115
6. Johnson & Wales 100
7. Plymouth State 93
8. Salve Regina 79
9. Framingham State 57
Western New England 57
11. Worcester State 52
12. Curry 36
13. Suffolk 34
14. Nichols 13
1. St. Michael's (2) 6
2. New Hampshire Col. (1) 5
4. Stonehill 2