College Hockey:
Johnnies Take Top Spot in USCHO.com D-III Men’s Poll

— St. John’s moved into the top spot in this week’s USCHO.com Division III men’s poll. The Johnnies, the last unbeaten team in D-III, took six of 15 first-place votes and jumped from the third spot last week.

Staying at No. 2, and getting the other nine first-place votes is St. Norbert. The Green Knights have not lost since dropping games to RIT and St. Thomas to start the season 1-2. Dropping from first to third was Wisconsin-Superior. The Yellowjackets lost to Wisconsin-River Falls and tied Wisconsin-Stout in NCHA action last weekend.

Staying at No. 4 was Manhattanville, which tied Elmira, 1-1, on the road. Moving up one position to fifth was Norwich; the Cadets had league wins over Skidmore and Castleton State.

At No. 6, down one position, was Middlebury, after the Panthers downed Plattsburgh, tied Babson, and narrowly beat UMass-Boston. Moving from No. 8 to No. 7 was Oswego. The Lakers had wins over SUNYAC foes Potsdam and Plattsburgh.

After a win against undefeated Superior and over St. Scholastica, River Falls moved up one position to eighth. At No. 9 is Trinity; the Bantams beat Colby and tied Bowdoin over the weekend.

Dropping three positions to No. 10 was Fredonia. The Blue Devils were beaten 4-2 on Friday by Geneseo and upset 4-0 on Saturday by Brockport. Tied with Fredonia at No. 10 is Bowdoin, after the tie with Trinity and a win over Wesleyan.

Moving up to places to No. 12 was St. Thomas. The Tommies were idle. At No. 13, down two positions, was Hobart. The Statesmen beat Amherst on Tuesday, and were shocked by Neumann, losing 2-0, on Saturday.

At No. 14, entering the poll this week, was Babson, after a tie with Middlebury and a win over Williams. RIT drops two places to No. 15. The Tigers dropped a game at Curry on Saturday, and beat Wentworth on Sunday.

Others teams receiving votes included ECAC Northeast front-runner Curry, Colby, SUNYAC front-runner Geneseo, Utica, Amherst, Bethel, and New England College.

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