College Hockey:
Denver Ousts Miami From Poll’s Top Spot

For the first time since the first week of the season, Miami is not listed atop the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

Related link: USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll: Jan. 11

Denver supplanted the RedHawks in the No. 1 spot Monday, earning 45 of the 50 first-place votes after Miami lost twice to Robert Morris last weekend.

The RedHawks’ run at the top lasted 13 weeks. The Pioneers were also the last team to own first place; they were No. 1 in the preseason poll released Oct. 5.

At 14-5-3, Denver is also tops in the PairWise Rankings and the RPI.

Miami fell to second, with Wisconsin, North Dakota and Yale rounding out the top five. Yale’s ranking matches its best position in the poll, a height also reached toward the end of last season.

Ferris State moved up five spots to No. 6, cracking the top 10 for the first time this season. The Bulldogs host Miami in Big Rapids, Mich., on Friday and Saturday in a matchup of the CCHA co-leaders.

Boston College fell out of the top 10, dropping give spots to 12th after seeing its losing streak run to three games with a loss to Boston University in the Frozen Fenway game last Friday.

Colorado College (to No. 8) and Quinnipiac (to No. 17) each also fell five spots.

New Hampshire rejoined the rankings at No. 20, replacing Alaska.

Including the Miami-Ferris State showdown, there are eight games this week between ranked teams. Wisconsin plays at Colorado College Friday and Saturday; Boston College hosts No. 16 Maine on Friday; No. 14 St. Cloud State plays at Quinnipiac on Friday and Saturday; and No. 15 Massachusetts-Lowell and No. 19 Massachusetts square off in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is in Amherst; Saturday’s is in Lowell.

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