Quantcast
News

College Hockey:
St. Stasis: Green Knights Again Lead D-III Poll

Top Three Unchanged; Babson, Hamline, and Bowdoin Join Fray, UW-Stout, Neumann, and St. Scholastica Drop Out

— Clearly voters in both camps are not easily swayed.

For the second consecutive poll, the same number of voters gave perpetual No. 1 St. Norbert and proverbial bridesmaid Plattsburgh the exact same number of points — 295 and 285, respectively — as they did a week ago. The first place vote allocation, 15 and five, also remained unchanged.

This stasis arose from the Green Knights defeating a pair of ranked teams (then-sixth ranked UW-Stevens Point, 5-2, and former No. 12 UW-Eau Claire, 4-3) and the Cardinals shutting out both conference foes Brockport and Geneseo by identical 5-0 scores.

Oswegos position, too, remained the same despite a 5-5 home tie to Morrisville.

Impressive wins over then-No. 13 Neumann (3-1) and a 7-0 shellacking of Lebanon Valley gave voters enough reason to elevate the Elmira Soaring Eagles one spot to fourth. Similarly, previously eighth ranked UW-Superior jumped up three positions after wins over last weeks No. 10 UW-Stout (3-1) and UW-River Falls (3-0).

Two of four ranked teams — Norwich and Middlebury — who have not yet played a game this season, fell two and one spots to sixth and eighth, respectively.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point landed in seventh after falling to top ranked St. Norbert, 5-2, and edging Lake Forest, 6-5.

Interestingly, UW-Eau Claire — yet another school from the Badger state making further in-roads in the latest poll — played the reverse of Points schedule (and with nearly identical results) yet the Blugolds jumped three spots to ninth after topping Lake Forest, 4-3, and falling by one goal in a nail biter in DePere, 4-3.

The Adrian Bulldogs swept Finlandia over the weekend but dropped to No. 10 nationally.

No. 11 Hobart had a good weekend, besting Lebanon Valley, 4-1, before triumphing 5-4 over Neumann in an overtime thriller in Aston, Pennsylvania. Junior forward Blake Bonhams OT winner was his third goal of the game.

In one of Division IIIs early feel-good stories, new-No. 12 Gustavus Adolphus (now 5-1 on the season) continues to roll along, using two shutouts of St. Marys to move up two positions in the poll.

Babson and Bowdoin, both 0-0-0 on the season, joined the rankings as Nos. 13 and 15, respectively.

With four wings in their first six games — including a weekend sweep of Concordia (Minnesota)– Hamline also entered the fray, landing at No. 14.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Neumann, and St. Scholastica all dropped out of this weeks poll after combining for only one win (the Saints over the Blue Devils, fittingly) in six contests.


The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.

Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management