MINNEAPOLIS — A wild weekend of games dramatically rearranged Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll, with unbeaten Michigan coming out on top by a solid margin. The Wolverines, who beat Boston College 3-2 Friday and then Merrimack 9-2 Sunday, picked up 21 first-place votes to leapfrog all the way from seventh place.
Michigan, now 4-0-0 on the young season, was trailed by No. 2 Cornell, which moved up a spot and garnered eight first-place votes. The Big Red, as an Ivy program, does not open its 2005-06 schedule until Oct. 28 against Michigan State.
Ohio State and Colorado College, which split a series in Colorado Springs last weekend, each moved up two spots to finish third and fourth, respectively. Maine, which swept two-time defending national champion Denver, spiked seven places to No. 5.
Next at No. 6 was Boston College, which beat Bowling Green after losing to Michigan and fell two spots. Seventh place went to Minnesota, last week’s top-ranked team, which earned just one of four points at home against Alaska-Fairbanks.
North Dakota was ranked No. 8 after sweeping Northeastern, and Denver was ninth, down from second after getting swept at Maine. Michigan State, which played only an exhibition game last weekend, held firm at No. 10.
New Hampshire, Boston University, Wisconsin, Bemidji State and Vermont nailed down the 11th through 15th positions. The Beavers climbed six spots from last week’s poll debut after their sweep of Minnesota State.
No. 16 was Northern Michigan, followed by Dartmouth, Harvard, UAF and St. Lawrence to round out the Top 20.
Dropping out of the poll this week were Colgate and Massachusetts-Lowell.