Ralston Valley is preseason No. 1 in hockey poll

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Ralston Valley is the No. 1 team in hockey's preseason ranking. (Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

Ralston Valley hockey, a two-time defending champion, opened up as the preseason favorite on Monday morning.

The Mustangs received four of the six-first place votes in CHSAANow.com's poll, and totaled 56 points. They beat Monarch 4-1 last season for the second-straight title, and have won their past 30 games.

In fact, Ralston Valley has won 30-straight games and are 33-0-1 in its past 34 contests.

Regis Jesuit is No. 2 in the preseason poll. The Raiders made the semifinals last season.

Cherry Creek is No. 3, Mountain Vista is No. 4 and Monarch, runner-up each of the last two seasons, rounds out the top five.

Also ranked in the preseason: No. 6 Lewis-Palmer, No. 7 Dakota Ridge, No. 8 Air Academy, No. 9 Heritage and No. 10 Doherty.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Hockey Poll

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

First-place votes are in parentheses.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

1 Ralston Valley (4) 0-0-0 56
2 Regis Jesuit (2) 0-0-0 50
3 Cherry Creek 0-0-0 45
4 Mountain Vista 0-0-0 40
5 Monarch 0-0-0 39
6 Lewis-Palmer 0-0-0 36
7 Dakota Ridge 0-0-0 19
8 Air Academy 0-0-0 10
9 Heritage 0-0-0 9
10 Doherty 0-0-0 6
Others receiving votes:
Columbine 5, Resurrection Christian 4, Denver East 3, Steamboat Springs 3, Palmer 2, Pine Creek 2, Aspen 1, Standley Lake 1.