MINNEAPOLIS — Taking advantage of weekend losses by Boston College and Michigan, Colorado College took over the top position in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I men’s poll, released Monday.
The Tigers swept Michigan Tech to stay perfect on the season, and garnered 39 of 50 first-place votes to climb to No. 1 in the season’s third poll. WCHA neighbor Denver moved up to No. 2 after sweeping Wisconsin, notching five first-place votes in the process.
Boston College, which beat Bowling Green but then lost to Northeastern, slipped to third while retaining three first-place votes, followed by another Hockey East school, New Hampshire. The Wildcats prevailed over Rensselaer and Boston University and took two first-place nods en route to a No. 4 finish this week.
Michigan fell from second to fifth after a split with Northern Michigan, but picked up the remaining first-place selection.
No. 6 was Boston University, which slipped one notch after beating Merrimack before falling to UNH, and Minnesota edged up to seventh with a sweep of St. Cloud State.
Notre Dame held its ground at No. 8 after two wins over Sacred Heart, followed by idle Princeton, which nosed up to No. 9 thanks to a one-point weekend against Vermont that sent the RedHawks down three spots to No. 10.
The Catamounts, fresh off their strong performance against Miami, leaped six places to No. 11, with Michigan State slipping to 12th after a split with Massachusetts-Lowell.
Minnesota State, which split a wild weekend series with North Dakota, climbed to No. 13, trailed by Northeastern, which entered the poll all the way up in 14th by beating Providence and BC over the weekend. SCSU was No. 15, down three places.
North Dakota won its first game of the season but continued its slide in the rankings, down this week to 16th, followed by idle Cornell at No. 17. Rounding out the poll were Northern Michigan, Clarkson — which beat RIT but lost to Niagara and fell five places — and Harvard, which has yet to start the regular season along with most of ECAC Hockey.
Dropping out since last week was Wisconsin.