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Air Force hockey moves up in national poll; could NCAA berth be in sight?

March 13, 2017 Updated: March 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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Air Force Academy's Shane Starrett saves the shot on goal by Colorado College's Bryce Van Horn on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the World Arena. Photo by Spotlight Sports Photography.

A home quarterfinals series sweep over Bentley pushed Air Force up a spot in this week’s national poll to No. 17.

Atlantic Hockey Conference regular-season champion Canisius, riding a 17-game unbeaten streak, was ranked for the first time this season, reaching No. 20. It is the first time two AHC teams were ranked this season and the first time the Golden Griffins were ranked since 2013.

The No. 17 ranking is Air Force's highest since Oct. 10, 2016.

The Associated Press and The Gazette use the U.S. College Hockey Online poll for its rankings.

Air Force is now tied for 15th with Boston College in the Pairwise rankings, which mimic the 16-team NCAA Tournament selection process. Canisius is ranked 25th in the Pairwise and must win the AHC playoff championship to advance to the NCAAs.

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