MINNEAPOLIS — North Dakota ran its nation-best unbeaten streak to 15 games last weekend, taking over the top spot in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll in the process.
The Fighting Sioux garnered 37 of 50 first-place votes after sweeping Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Sunday, replacing Michigan as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Wolverines fell to second with a split against Ferris State, but won the CCHA regular-season title and retained 12 first-place votes.
New Hampshire, the Hockey East regular-season champion, held at No. 3 after taking three of four points from Merrimack. The Wildcats own the country’s second-longest unbeaten streak at 11 games and took the remaining first-place nod. Meanwhile, Miami moved up one place to fourth with a Tuesday-Friday sweep of Ohio State. The RedHawks switched places with fifth-ranked Colorado College, which split a pair with Minnesota State.
Michigan State was again No. 6 after sweeping Bowling Green, followed by Denver. The Pioneers, who split with Michigan Tech, stayed in seventh this week.
Clarkson moved up two spots to eighth after wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac to wrap up the ECAC regular-season championship. Following the Golden Knights was Minnesota State, and then Boston College at No. 10. The Eagles were down two spots after losing and tying against Providence.
Opening the second half of the rankings was No. 11 St. Cloud State, which swapped positions with Notre Dame this week. The Huskies split with Wisconsin, which stayed in 13th, while the No. 12 Fighting Irish split their series with Western Michigan.
Minnesota rebounded to No. 14 by taking three of four points against Alaska Anchorage, with Princeton down a spot at No. 15. The Tigers lost to North Country opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence over the weekend.
Boston University split a pair with Massachusetts to remain in 16th, with Providence and Minnesota Duluth next. Harvard edged up to No. 19 by tying Colgate and beating Cornell, and Niagara returned to the poll at No. 20 with a sweep of Robert Morris.
Dropping out since last week was Northeastern.