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Kristen Campbell and the Badgers women's hockey team start the season No. 1 in the USCHO poll.

The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team is starting the 2019-20 season in the same place in the national rankings that it ended the last campaign.

The Badgers were a unanimous No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division I women's preseason poll released Monday.

UW, which got all 15 first-place votes, came out ahead of No. 2 Minnesota. The Badgers defeated the Golden Gophers 2-0 to win the 2019 NCAA title.

Two other Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams were in the top 10: Ohio State at No. 9 and Minnesota Duluth at No. 10.

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Last week, the Badgers were picked to win the WCHA regular-season title.

WCHA coaches pick Wisconsin Badgers to win 2019-20 regular-season women's hockey title

They lost six players from last season's championship team but return WCHA preseason co-player of the year Abby Roque and brought in former Patty Kazmaier Award winner Daryl Watts via transfer.

UW opens the season with a non-conference series at Lindenwood on Sept. 27-28 and plays its first home series against Penn State on Oct. 4-5.


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