MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan, still unbeaten this season after tying archrival Michigan State Saturday, retained the top spot in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll. The Wolverines picked up 27 of 40 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Cornell, which opens its regular season this weekend.
The Big Red earned six first-place votes to finish ahead of third-ranked Colorado College and fourth-ranked Ohio State, which swapped spots this week in the wake of CC’s sweep of Notre Dame and Air Force and the Buckeyes’ three-point series with Bowling Green.
Coming in fifth was Maine, which held its ground by sweeping Alabama-Huntsville. No. 6 North Dakota was next, up two spots after taking three points at New Hampshire.
Minnesota, which won both its games last weekend against Minnesota State, was again No. 7, followed by Boston College, which fell to eighth after tying Northeastern.
Denver came in ninth after wins over Notre Dame and Air Force, and Michigan State held at No. 10.
Vermont, which rolled past Minnesota-Duluth in a pair of wins, jumped four spots to No. 11, followed by Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Northern Michigan and Bemidji State.
The 16th spot in the poll belonged to Boston University, with Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, Miami — which debuted after sweeping Nebraska-Omaha, and then Alaska-Fairbanks rounding out the Top 20.
Dropping out was Harvard, which was leapfrogged despite not yet playing an official game. The ECACHL team opens its NCAA schedule Saturday.