MINNEAPOLIS — A pair of handy wins were enough to propel Colorado College to the top of the USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll, released Monday.
Voters preferred CC with 30 of 40 first-place votes in the wake of the Tigers’ WCHA weekend sweep of Minnesota State, pushing CC up two spots to the top of the poll. In second, with four first-place votes, was Maine, which rose three spots after beating Boston College and Massachusetts.
At No. 3 was last week’s top pick, Michigan, which recovered to split with Alaska-Fairbanks after dropping the front end of a weekend series in Alaska. Fourth was Cornell, which split with Michigan State and dropped two notches.
North Dakota came in fifth this week after a split with Denver, while Vermont continued its meteoric rise through the rankings, climbing all the way to No. 6 by sweeping at Niagara. The Catamounts are one of only two unbeaten teams in the poll.
Minnesota stayed at No. 7 despite splitting at St. Cloud State over the weekend, followed by Michigan State at No. 8. Ninth place was nailed down by Wisconsin, which climbed into the Top 10 following a decisive sweep of Alaska-Anchorage, and Denver finished at No. 10.
BC was No. 11 and New Hampshire No. 12, while the weekend’s biggest thud came from Ohio State, which lost a pair of games at Western Michigan to fall all the way from fourth place in last week’s poll to No. 13 this week.
Northern Michigan held at No. 14, followed by Harvard, which rejoined the Top 20 after topping Dartmouth — which dropped out of the poll this time around — in its season opener.
Miami moved up to No. 16, trailed by UAF, Bemidji State, Boston University and St. Lawrence.