The Hobart College hockey team begins the 2013-14 season ranked in the top 15 in Division III in both national polls. The Statesmen came in at No. 9 in the USCHO.com preseason poll and No. 11 in D3hockey.com’s preseason poll.
Hobart finished 2012-13 with a 19-5-2 overall record and an 11-3-1 mark in the ECAC West. The Statesmen finished the year seventh in the nation with a .769 winning percentage. Hobart also ranked fifth in scoring defense allowing 1.85 goals per game and 10th in scoring offense averaging 3.85 goals per game.
This year the Hobart roster features 21 returners, including three of its top five scorers from last season. The 2012-13 ECAC West Rookie of the Year, forward Mac Olson, returns after ranking second on the team with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists in his rookie season. A 2012-13 All-ECAC West selection, junior Ryan Michel is back at defense for the Statesmen. He ranked second on the team with 16 assists last winter.
Hobart will begin the 2013-14 campaign on Friday, Nov. 1, hosting Manhattanville for an ECAC West game at 7 p.m. at the Cooler. The Statesmen will then host Neumann for another conference contest on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Fans unable to make the games can follow the action online with Live Stats.