MINNEAPOLIS — Norwich remained first in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll, earning eight first-place votes despite not having played a game thus far this season. St. Norbert used a two-win weekend, including a 2-1 victory at No. 4 Wis.-Superior, to strengthen its grip on second place. The Green Knights received three first-place votes.
RIT captured the remaining four first-place votes and finished at No. 3 following a 4-3 overtime victory against Potsdam on Saturday. Potsdam makes its first appearance in the poll this season at No. 11 this week.
Also new this week is No. 15 St. John’s, with back-to-back wins over Augsburg as the MIAC opened play. Elsewhere, Manhattanville and Elmira tied for 12th place in the rankings, each earning 43 points. Manhattanville dumped Neumann 5-1 on Wednesday, while Elmira eked by Oswego, 4-3 in overtime.
On the horizon, No. 6 Plattsburgh gets underway this coming weekend, hosting Geneseo and Brockport. The NCHA seems to be a battleground every weekend, with this week’s featured matchup being a contest between No. 2 St. Norbert and No. 10 Wis.-Stevens Point. Elsewhere, No. 3 RIT hosts No. 12 Manhattanville, as each tries to get two all-important ECAC West points.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 15 voters, including coaches and beat writers from across the country.