Releases Its November 2008 ACHA Division 1 National Poll

Lindenwood University is the new #1 ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 National Poll. The Lions jump ahead of the University of Illinois in the new November 2008 media poll.

Detroit, MI, November 07, 2008 --( For the first time in over a year, the University of Illinois finds itself somewhere other than on top of an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 national poll. The defending ACHA Division 1 national champions drop to #2 in the new ACHA Division 1 National Poll (, overtaken by new #1 Lindenwood University.

Illinois, losers for the first time since March 3, 2007, dropped a 6-4 decision to Central Oklahoma (previously un-ranked; now #8) on October 26. The defeat was enough to slide the 9-1 Fighting Illini (4-0 in the Central State Collegiate Hockey League) down one spot to #2 in the ACHA Division 1 National Poll.

Lindenwood University (12-2) takes over the poll's top spot. The Lion's only losses came to #9 Iowa State at Iowa State and #4 Liberty in a shoot-out.

Penn State University, Liberty University, and University of Oklahoma round out the ACHA Division 1 National Poll's top five: (previous ranks shown in parenthesis)

1. Lindenwood University (2)
2. University of Illinois (1)
3. Penn State University (3)
4. Liberty University (4)
5. University of Oklahoma (7)
6. University of Delaware (5)
7. University of Rhode Island (6)
8. Central Oklahoma University (NR)
9. Iowa State University (8)
10. West Chester University (10)
(other teams receiving votes: University of Michigan-Dearborn, Stony Brook University, Kent State University)

Teams appearing in the ACHA Division 1 National Poll at have been selected by members of the media who cover ACHA hockey on college campuses across America.

Dan Dwyer