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Minnesota maintains No. 1 ranking in D-I men’s poll

With 47 of a possible 50 first-place votes, Minnesota retains the top spot in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll this week.

No. 3 New Hampshire received one first-place vote and No. 4 Quinnipiac earned two first-place nods.

Boston College is No. 2 this week, up from No. 3 a week ago.

Notre Dame falls three spots to No. 5 this week.

North Dakota is up one to No. 6, Denver is up two to No. 7, Miami drops two to sit eighth, Boston University falls one to No. 9 and Western Michigan holds steady at No. 10.

At No. 11, Dartmouth is up one, Yale rises two to No. 12, Nebraska-Omaha stays 13th, Minnesota State tumbles three to No. 14 and Niagara jumps two places to take over the 15th spot.

Cornell is down one to No. 16, Union is up one slot to No. 17, Massachusetts-Lowell rises two to sit 18th, St. Cloud State falls one to No. 19 and Colgate is down one to round out the top 20.

In addition, 10 other schools received votes in this week’s poll.

The USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country.


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  • Scott Reed

    Quinnipiac is having a great season… but the 33 hardest schedule, C’mon man who is voting them number 1? IF they win @ Yale, Cornell, and Collgate I might start to believe. They way it looks right now, Sweeping Nebraska-Omaha might be their toughest challange of the season.

    • reardensteel

      Oddly, they got 3 #1 votes in the other poll too.

  • Joseph Crowley

    BU fan and alum here. I am surprised that BC did not get a number one vote but UNH did after the two teams split a home-and-home weekend.

    Happy that BU did not fall out of top ten after that painful loss Wednesday to Harvard in OT.

    • Johnny Mac

      BC fan and alum here and I actually have to agree with a the BU fan! BC was much more impressive in their win over UNH than UNH was winning 2-1 the next night. BC has some issues to work on but they certainly deserved the first place vote more than UNH did. Congrats to Minn. They are on a hot streak.

      • Joseph Crowley

        BC and UNH having the same number of first place votes, give or take a couple, is fine. But that Quinnipiac gets more first place votes that all of Hockey East after the top three teams have played the equivalent of a round robin? I guess not many voters look at Pairwise.

  • jdhockeyboyz

    Yikes, the big “Q” is comin’ on through! Go Poll-Cats!

  • MWard

    I’m not a Sioux hater or anything, but could someone please explain how they move up 1 spot after a home split against a CC team with a losing record? Just curious.

    • Joseph Crowley

      Probably because BU lost at home, in overtime, to a weak Harvard team after blowing a huge lead and beat Merrimack in North Andover, while Miami split against near cellar dweller Northern Michigan, with a shootout win. Those are the two teams North Dakota moved past since the last poll.

      • Scott Reed

        I guess it was too hard for MWard to use logic and actually look into it.