On Monday, Boston College returned to the top spot in the USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll after beating North Dakota 5-3 Friday.
The win not only earned BC the voters’ accolades, but national attention for head coach Jerry York’s 700th career victory.
The Eagles received 35 of 40 first-place votes and 593 points overall to easily vault past Minnesota-Duluth, whose one-week run at No. 1 came to a screeching halt thanks to a loss and a tie against Vermont.
The Bulldogs retained three first-place votes but fell to No. 3, behind BC and Michigan, which split with Ferris State.
Minnesota’s weekend sweep of Minnesota State pushed the Gophers up one position to No. 4, followed by Wisconsin, which suffered its first defeat of the season in splitting with Denver.
North Dakota fell two spots to No. 6, one spot ahead of still-perfect Colorado College. The Tigers received one first-place vote, and were followed by New Hampshire, Maine and Denver, the sixth WCHA team in this week’s poll, to round out the top 10.
Northern Michigan vaulted four spots to No. 11 by taking three points from Notre Dame, then Cornell, which won its first two games of the year and earned the lone remaining first-place nod from the voters.
Giant-killer St. Lawrence debuted at No. 13 by sweeping Miami, knocking the RedHawks out of the rankings in the process. Ohio State hung on at No. 14, and fellow CCHA member Nebraska-Omaha entered at No. 15 after a split with Michigan State.
Also leaving the poll was Dartmouth, which lost its season debut to Quinnipiac.