The University of Vermont men’s hockey team can expect a fight for home ice in the Hockey East playoffs if the league coaches’ preseason predictions are correct.
Hockey East released its league preseason poll Wednesday afternoon and the Catamounts were ranked in a tie for fourth. UVM and New Hampshire each received 59 points, just two more than sixth-place Northeastern.
The top four teams play at home in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East tournament.
Defending NCAA and Hockey East champion Boston University was made the league favorite, receiving six first-place votes and 84 points in the poll. Second-choice Massachusetts Lowell (79 points) and No. 3 Boston College (76) split the other four first-place votes.
Massachusetts (47 points), Maine (32), Providence (24) and Merrimack (23) were picked to follow Northeastern in the 10-team league.