Panthers #8 in East Region
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The NCAA released its first set of men's ice hockey regional rankings on Tuesday and Plymouth State University is one of the ten teams included in the East Region ranking.
The Panthers, who clinched their sixth Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season title in seven years last week, hold the eighth spot in the initial ranking.
Yesterday, USCHO and D3hockey.com released their latest national polls with PSU holding the 15th spot in both, but the regional rankings are the most important. NCAA rankings will be used to determine at-large bids for the NCAA tournament, as well as tournament seeding.
Today's release is the first of four regional rankings, with additional releases set for each of the next two Tuesdays (Feb. 20 and Feb. 27), and the final rankings, used to determine the NCAA tournament selections, coming out Monday, Mar. 5.
Plymouth State has squared off against two other teams that appear in the East Region rankings this season. The Panthers topped Endicott College, number seven in the rankings, 3-2 in the season opener on Oct. 27, and were nipped by Trinity College, which holds the number four spot, 2-1 on Nov. 25.
PSU (17-4-2, 13-2-1 MASCAC) travels to Framingham State University on Saturday (4:50 p.m.) for another MASCAC game before wrapping up the regular season at home against Westfield State University next Tuesday (Feb. 20).
NCAA DIII Men's Ice Hockey Regional Rankings – East Region
February 13, 2018
|Rank||School||DIII Record||Overall Record|
|3||Univ. of New England||18-4-3||18-4-3|
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