MINNEAPOLIS — A one-point weekend for Michigan opened the door for a new No. 1 in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll, and the Miami RedHawks charged through the gap, taking 49 of 50 first-place votes to supplant the Wolverines at the top of the rankings.
Miami, which swept Alaska last weekend, returned to the No. 1 position with Michigan in second place after losing and tying against Michigan State, which rose to No. 5 this week. In between were third-ranked North Dakota, up one spot after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage, and No. 4 Denver; the Pioneers were idle last weekend.
No. 6 Colorado College tied and lost at Michigan Tech to drop three spots, followed by New Hampshire, which held in seventh place after two wins against Boston University. Notre Dame came in at No. 8 in the wake of a sweep of Bowling Green.
Boston College was ninth this week after taking three points against Maine. Clarkson again rounded out the top half of the poll at No. 10, beating Rensselaer and Union over the weekend.
Wisconsin shot up five places to 11th with a win and a tie versus archrival Minnesota, and Minnesota-Duluth made a still bigger move, up seven spots to No. 12 after a sweep of Massachusetts-Lowell. Northeastern slipped two places to 13th after losing twice to Providence, which joined the rankings at No. 14 this week. Massachusetts was 15th with a loss and a tie against Vermont.
Massachusetts-Lowell was No. 16, tied in the voting with Quinnipiac, which fell four places after losing two games to Niagara. Minnesota came in at No. 18, with Princeton — still on break for exams — in 19th and then St. Cloud State at No. 20, down seven positions after losing two to Minnesota State.
Dropping out this week was Air Force.