College Hockey:
Yale remains atop men’s poll

Yale continues their reign atop the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll with another No. 1 ranking this week.

The next five spots remain the same as a week ago with North Dakota in the No. 2 slot, Boston College at No. 3, New Hampshire in No. 4, Minnesota-Duluth in the fifth spot and Denver at No. 6.

After that, things have changed since last week.

Michigan jumps one spot to No. 7, Notre Dame is up three to No. 8, Wisconsin leaps four to No. 9 and Rensselaer holds steady at No. 10.

Nebraska-Omaha rises one spot to No. 11, Miami falls five spots to No. 12, Maine drops four places to No. 13, Union is up one to No. 14 and Merrimack is up two to finish the top 15.

Boston University is now at No. 16 after being No. 14 a week ago, Colorado College is up one to No. 17, Western Michigan, unranked last week, pops in at No. 18, Ferris State is up one to No. 19 and Alaska falls four spots, but still stays in the rankings at No. 20.

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  • Anonymous

    Love how this article is written like anyone with the ranks in front of them could do… how about color it up a bit with short a short analysis as to how teams moved up with sweep over so and so… or upset by so and so… otherwise this article is worthless

    • UNDalumCHITOWN

      I agree. My sentiments are that the writing has gone a bit downhill this year. I’ve been a follower of this site for years and I know they have it in them. Let’s hope it improves in a quick hurry. Now to the hockey…

      Of course, Yale is still #1. Anyone else hear about their scare with Cahill’s ineligibility? Seems to have dissipated as of now…

      Its gotten to the point now that I either hope Yale takes a hard turn for the worse or finishes the season with one loss. I don’t recall a team finishing the regular season with only one loss, but I also haven’t checked the record books. It’d be great for college hockey to have one of the ‘non-big 3′ conferences carry a record like that. As much as I hate to say it, I’d almost prefer them to finish the rest of their season off strong. Come tournament time, they won’t be flying under the radar and have the capability to underdog a team like they did UND last year. Everyone’s eyes will be open and I hope UND gets another shot.

      • Steve Philbrick

        Yale will have a difficult time finishing the season with only 1 loss. However, I can’t predict the future, so I won’t even speculate.

        For the record, Maine’s 1992-93 national championship team finished the year at 42-1-2. Pretty good for “modern day” college hockey. I’m sure there have been other college hockey teams with equally impressive records.

        • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

          I think it would be disingenuous to compare Maine accomplishment to the possibility of Yale going undefeated in the EZAC and having a one of two loss season… Maine actually played teams other than the weak sisters of the poor.

          • Drew

            Last I checked, Yale beat UND…soundly.

            And cracked 60 shots at Wisconsin…in their own tournament.

            And scored 7 on BC (which beat the Badgers 8-1).

            Andrew Miller is the most skilled player in college hockey, and Kevin Peel is the fastest D.

            Goaltending is the ONLY issue with this team – and so far Rondeau has made the saves he’s had to.

            Last 3 years champ has come from the East – and as I said last year, East has best, fastest teams.

            West teams continue to plod around against each other and THEY continue to flop in NCAA’s.

            This trend may turn – but it won’t be this year.

            Yale is 100% legit.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Since when is a 3-2 game where your team almost coughed up the lead being beat soundly…

  • RedGreenBlue

    After having gone 27-1-1 in 1967 with sophomore Ken Dryden in goal, Cornell then went 29-0 in 1970.

  • RedGreenBlue

    P.S. In each of the two seasons between its NCAA championships in 1967 and 1970, Cornell went 27-2 but lost to North Dakota in the semis in 1968 and Denver in the finals in 1969 (which also won in 1968). Not a bad four years.

    (I am not a Cornell grad or follower.)

  • UNDsuperfan

    Cahill’s issue? Was it serious? Probably would love a UND fans perspective because you guys have endured Matt Greene’s DUI, off ice issues with Oshie, Toews and Finlay and the Matt Fratin incident? Or wait was this academics at an Ivy compared to drunkeness, criminal behavior and coddling and cover ups of hockey players whose education is incidental?

    • UNDalumCHITOWN

      Again, no UND fans, including myself, said anything offensive about Cahill. You’re simply starting an argument you won’t win. My comment was made when the story was first reported on another college hockey website. It has now been confirmed to be a rumor – consider it done and done in my book. My apologies for my brief reference to the story (cough). In fact, it wasn’t an academic issue at Yale, though that’s how it started. Cahill was told to leave Yale due to academic deficiency and ended up playing in some French league for a period of time. The rumors stemmed from the fact that some of the players in said league had been paid for playing, in which Cahill would have been in clear breach of NCAA rule.

      That being said, a rebuttal in defense of UND is in order. AGAIN.

      Yes, UND players have had issues with drinking, run-ins with the law, partying, etc in the past and it is sure to be an issue in the future. In Grand Forks, hockey is the prominent religion and players are constantly under the microscope. Compare their status and exposure in town to Hollywood celebrities in US Weekly – they are famous and the GF police department has a hard-on to catch them even walking on the wrong side of the street. But of course, Yale hockey players don’t drink or party. They’re obviously perfect saints. Give me a break.

      Open your eyes and realize the relative impact of each team on their community and what it means to wear each team’s sweater. You can stand on your soapbox and have your crew, Sperry top-siders, hallowed halls, arrogance, sweater vests and, worst of all, false sense of entitlement to something greater than what you deserve. We will stick to our proven and storied hockey tradition, have a beer and enjoy being looked down upon.

      Also, any argument stating the ECAC is a stronger conference than the WCHA is preposterous. I will provide extensive statistics if necessary.

  • Judystavern

    Don’t forget Bina and his discipline problems that the school overlooked

  • Doidsrus

    The EZAC is no longer. I dare say there’s been a bit of a revival.

  • Drew

    Oh, and let’s look at the West college hockey (ahem) “powerhouses” in the Top 6 right now & how they did at last year’s NCAA’s…

    Denver – lost to R-I-T (enough said)…not to mention rd 1 the year before.

    Minn-Duluth – somehow…SOMEHOW didn’t make the tourney…oh, and year before beat PRINCETON in OT.

    UND – lost to…wait for it…YALE…IN ROUND 1 (game NOT close, Yale lost poise in 3rd)…year before lost to UNH (AGAIN, Round 1 – again, Eastern opponent).

    We can go back THREE years…you know, when UND got TORCHED by BC…

    Eastern clubs are simply faster & more skilled – Yale is the MOST skilled & up to last year, simply lacked experience.

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