MINNEAPOLIS — The nation’s top three teams all split over the weekend, leaving their ordering in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll intact. Minnesota, which lost Friday and won Saturday against Denver, was again No. 1 for the ninth straight time, recording 36 of 40 first-place votes.
The remaining four nods went to No. 2 New Hampshire, which split a pair with Massachusetts, while Notre Dame was again third after taking one of two at Western Michigan.
St. Cloud State, which won twice against Minnesota-Duluth, moved up two places to No. 4, leapfrogging Denver, which stayed in place at No. 5 after its weekend at Minnesota.
Maine dropped down two slots to sixth after splitting with Providence, followed by Boston University, which edged up to No. 7 in the wake of a sweep of Merrimack. Miami likewise moved up one place, to eighth, after taking three of four points from Ohio State.
Michigan State rejoined the top 10 at No. 9 with a sweep of Lake Superior State, and Clarkson rounded out the first half of the rankings, static in 10th after beating Rensselaer and losing to Union.
Vermont rose three places to No. 11 by winning twice against Boston College. The Catamounts were trailed by No. 12 Michigan, which swept at Alaska.
Boston College fell six places to No. 13 after its tussles with UVM, and Colorado College was down two to No. 14 after playing only an exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 team. In 15th place was North Dakota, which continued to rebound up the poll by sweeping Bemidji State.
Niagara climbed four places to No. 16 with two wins over Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence was No. 17 after beating Union and then tying Rensselaer at the Big Red Freakout! Cornell held down 18th position this week, tying Yale and losing to Brown, and Lake Superior and Quinnipiac rounded out the top 20.