Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Gophers rated No. 1 in both preseason women's hockey polls

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Women's hockey, WCHA news Updated: September 18, 2012 - 11:40 AM

The Gophers are the top-rated team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason women's hockey poll and in uscho.com's poll as well. Both were  released Tuesday.

They received all 19 possible first-place votes in USA Today's poll and all 15 in uscho.com's poll after winning the NCAA title last season.

Three other WCHA teams are also in the top eight. Wisconsin is second and North Dakota fifth in both polls. Minnesota Duluth seventh in one, eighth in the other.

The Gophers were 34-5-2 last season, the Badgers 35-5-2.

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