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University of New Hampshire goalie Mike Robinson of Bedford poses for photos during media day on Wednesday. The Wildcats were predicted by Hockey East coaches to finish seventh.

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team came in at No. 7 in the Hockey East 2019-20 preseason coaches’ Poll released on Thursday.

It’s a one-spot improvement following the Wildcats’ eighth-place finish last season when they went 12-15-9 with an 8-10-6 conference record before losing to UMass Amherst in the first round of the Hockey East tournament.

For the second straight year, Boston College, which finished seventh last season with a 14-22-3 overall record, was tabbed as the top team. The Eagles’ roster is stacked with recent NHL draft picks (11), three of whom were selected in the first round of the 2019 draft.

UNH has four NHL draft picks on its roster, including Bedford’s Mike Robinson, who had 13 games with 30 or more saves in goal last year as a sophomore.

The Wildcats also return last year’s points leader in senior Liam Blackburn as well as seniors Anthony Wyse and Charlie Kelleher.

UNH was picked No. 9 in last year’s preseason poll.

Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Boston College 97 (8); 2. Massachusetts 85 (2); 3. Providence 78; 4. Northeastern 73 (1); 5. Boston University; 6. UMass Lowell 53; 7. New Hampshire 40; 8. Maine 39; 9. UConn 38; 10. Vermont 19; 11. Merrimack 11

UNH women eyed for 5th in the league

With 42 points, the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team came in at No. 5 in the Women’s Hockey East 2019-20 preseason coaches’ Poll that was released on Thursday, edging out No. 6 Connecticut by one point.

The Wildcats finished sixth last season with a 13-17-6 record, including a 10-14-3 mark against the rest of the conference, before losing to Boston University in the first round of the conference tournament.

Last year’s champion, Northeastern, is the favorite to repeat as champions, receiving 81 points that places the Huskies 10 ahead of second-place BU.

Hockey East women’s poll

1. Northeastern 81(9); 2. Boston University 71(1); 3. Boston College 65; 4. Providence 56; 5. New Hampshire 42; 6. UConn 41; 7. Merrimack 30; 8. Maine 29; 9. Vermont 25; 10. Holy Cross.