MINNEAPOLIS — With its sweep at Colorado College last weekend, Wisconsin left no doubt which team would be No. 1 in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Networks Division I men’s poll.
The Badgers were the unanimous choice of voters for the second straight week, getting all 40 first-place votes after moving their season record to 18-2-2.
Boston College, which won both ends of a home-and-home against Merrimack, moved into the No. 2 spot, followed by Miami, which stayed in third after losing to Ohio State Tuesday and then taking three of four points at Notre Dame.
No. 4 was Minnesota, down two spots after splitting with new No. 9 North Dakota, and Vermont nosed back up to fifth place with a pair of shutout wins over Northeastern.
Michigan, whose only game last week was an exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 team, was sixth, trailed by No. 7 Colorado College, which fell two spots from last week’s poll. Cornell slipped to eighth after shutting out Quinnipiac, but then getting blanked in turn by Princeton.
Ninth-ranked North Dakota and No. 10 St. Lawrence, which beat Rensselaer and Union to climb three places, rounded out the top half of the poll.
The next five spots belonged to New Hampshire, Maine — which fell three slots after a sweep at the hands of Boston University — Providence, Lake Superior and then No. 15 Harvard.
BU returned to the rankings at No. 16, with Colgate, new No. 18 Northern Michigan, Denver and poll returnee Michigan State finishing up the top 20.
Dropping out of the poll were Clarkson, which fell all the way out from its previous slot at No. 14, Ferris State and Ohio State.