DI Flames runner-up to Seawolves in ESCHL Preseason Poll
September 22, 2017 | Lynchburg, Va.
Entering its second season of competition in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL), Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team was predicted to place second behind Stony Brook in the ESCHL 2017-18 Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released on Friday.
After finishing second in the 2016-17 regular season, the Flames dethroned the four-time defending tournament champion Seawolves in last year's championship game hosted by Rhode Island.
Stony Brook was selected by four ESCHL head coaches to finish in first place and received 46 of 64 possible points in the poll. Liberty (41 points) received one first-place vote, as did Syracuse (fifth with 26 points), one of two newcomers in the conference this year along with defending ACHA Division II national champion New York University (third with 29 points). Rhode Island followed in fourth place with 28 points and defending regular-season champion Delaware was sixth with 24 points. Head coaches from Rutgers (seventh with 13 points) and West Chester (eighth with 9 points) did not vote.
Liberty opens ESCHL play tonight against West Chester in the first of two Midnight Mayhem matchups this semester at the LaHaye Ice Center. The Flames won all five meetings against the Golden Rams last season.
ESCHL DI Men's Hockey Preseason Poll
Rank, Team Points
1. Stony Brook (4) 46
2. Liberty (1) 41
3. New York University 29
4. Rhode Island 28
5. Syracuse (1) 26
6. Delaware 24
7. Rutgers 13
8. West Chester 9
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Note — Coaches from Rutgers and West Chester did not vote.