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

In a near-unanimous vote this week, Minnesota retains its top spot in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

The Gophers received 48 of 50 first-place votes and Quinnipiac, up two spots to No. 2, garnered the other two first-place nods.

Boston College is down one to No. 3, New Hampshire drops one to No. 4 and North Dakota rises one to sit fifth this week.

Miami jumps two to No. 6, Notre Dame falls two to No. 7, Yale shoots up four to No. 8, Western Michigan is up one to No. 9 and Denver falls three spots to No. 10 in this week’s poll.

At No. 11, Boston University is down two notches, Dartmouth falls one to No. 12, Nebraska-Omaha stays 13th, Minnesota State holds steady at No. 14 and Massachusetts-Lowell jumps three to No. 15.

St. Cloud climbs three to No. 16, Niagara falls a pair of spots to No. 17, Cornell drops two to No. 18 and Union falls two spots to sit 19th.

Previously-unranked Wisconsin comes in at No. 20 this week.

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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  • GeauxSioux

    I know the numbers are pretty, but does anyone honestly think Quinnipiac is for real?

    Unrelated, why the f*** did UND move up? So undeserved, you guys. Sick of this. Never coming back.

    • Scott Reed

      Quinnipiac might not be for real… but if they keep getting ranked high enough and win their tournament and come in as a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament they might have the confidence to win a couple games.
      My reaction was the same as yours for UND moving up, but if you look a littel closer… 6 in parwise, 7 in KRACH, and 6 in RPI. Denver and Notre Dame fell and everybody else moving up just didn’t have enough to move a head of UND. I could see an argument for Miami, but their SOS is really weak… those are just my thoughts, its not really a factor of what they did, its a factor of what everybody else did. You can’t really hold it against the #6 team taking a point from the #1 on the road.
      But for argument sake, who would you have moved in front of UND?

      • GeauxSioux

        Man, I don’t know. Maybe like, Bentley? They swept Canisius. That’s 2 more wins than UND had over the weekend, you guys.

        • nogofer

          Tied the (then) #1 team in their barn. What is so hard to grasp?

          • Puck

            Got blown out on Friday night and gave up a two goal lead with under ten minutes to go in the third period. CHOKE.

          • nogofer

            If you knew anything about ice hockey you would understand that was no blow out, for two periods it was anyone’s game. Even YOUR announcers said as much…

          • Jason

            But two periods isn’t a game…We proceeded to then blow you out in the third period.

          • Scott Reed

            First you rannouncer comment; every announcer is cheering for their team, but with the gophers its almost sickening. For them to admit anything good about another team is a hugh accomplishment. All kidding aside… I challange anybody to admit they watched all of both games and didn’t see great hockey by TWO teams… if you say yes to that and honestly think that friday was a blowout…I’ll show you a very closed minded fool who can’t objectivly look at anything

          • Puck

            I watched all of Friday night’s game on TV and attended the Saturday game. MN/ND hockey is can’t miss entertainment, no matter how good either team is that year. It’s a travesty that these two programs will not be playing each other on a regular basis anymore. We all know the reasons for that. In my humble opinion, the Gophers showed they were the better team in that third period on Friday night. ND hung with them for two periods, but couldn’t finish the deal. On Saturday, ND played with a necessary desperation and once again played outstanding hockey for two and a half periods. Again, not finishing strong. I hope they meet in the Final Five.

          • Puck

            “OUR” announcers are paid to say that so people don’t change the
            channel. 5-1 (with 5 unanswered goals) is a blowout no matter how you
            try to spin it. And to give up a 2 goal lead late in the third period is
            unjustifiable. UND just doesn’t have the horses to stay with a number
            one team like Minnesota, especially with Saunders in net.

          • Scott Reed

            See my response to Jason below

          • nogofer

            I guess mn doesn’t have the horses to stay with a #14 team like MN ST?

          • http://www.facebook.com/scott.bradley.1044 Scott Bradley

            If NoDak was anywhere’s near as good as their fans think they are they wouldn’t choke away a two goal lead with under 10min to play… Oh and just a friendly reminder Wilcox put their 4th goal into his own net… Or do Suisee fans choose not to aknowledge that FACT?

          • nogofer

            I’ll take a tie at the (then) #1 team in their polebarn ANYTIME…

          • nogofer

            You are only as good as your last outing: In gofer’s last outing they tied the Sioux…

          • Bryan Knutson

            By your logic the last time UND played Alaska-Anchorage they tied. So by definition are those two teams equal?

          • nogofer

            Last outing… Please keep up…

        • Scott Reed

          Okay, I’m sorry I thought we were having an intelligent conversation. Please continue to troll…

      • Hockey21

        I think what GeauxSioux was trying to do was mimic someone he likes on Twitter with the “you guys” thing.

        Scott Reed- I’m not sure who should be #2. It’s hard to argue against Quinnipiac, but I’m finding it harder to argue for them. Long unbeaten streak, but then you look back at their last loss- American International? I don’t think the #2 team in the country should lose to AI at any point during the season. Just my two cents.

        • GeauxSioux

          Great call Hockey21. Threw the sarcastic irony on a little to heavy apparently.

          Elsewhere, Scott Reed, I didn’t see anyone else moving up. I presumed the standings would stay pretty much the same. I was not correct. It happens.

          • Scott Reed

            Sarcasm was lost in translation, sorry.

        • Scott Reed

          I think its really hard to argue for them… some other team just needs to get the job done on the ice. I might take some heat for this, but I don’t respect their schedule at all. I just can’t see them doing the same thing playing in HE or WCHA

    • Terrier

      There’s still a lot of game left in the ECAC to see where Quinnipiac ends up. I’m surprised there aren’t more people on here screaming. The North Dakota fans used to rage every week three years ago when Yale was ranked highly, but that’s because they beat UND the year before. Don’t hear any of the anger this year.
      Bill Parcells said you are what your record says you are. Quinnipiac is a good team, but that’s what’s great about the tournament. They’re definitely capable of giving someone a game because they don’t have a lot of weaknesses. If you draw them in the tournament, you do not want to take them lightly. They could beat a good team the way Yale beat UND. But then they could lose the next game like Yale did to BC.
      Would love it if Quinnipiac, Western Michigan and St. Cloud State went far. Would shake the tournament up the way Bemidji State did. A lot more interesting than watching the Goofs or BC again

      • GeauxSioux

        Good post.

    • jmsptrk

      quinnipiac? not many outside of hamden, connecticut.

      und? mostly agree, but I don’t see a team below them that deserves to be ahead of them either.

  • EliBlue

    Of the teams towards the top, Quinnipiac is one of the most interesting stories, though don’t know if they’re a great team. I am a Yale fan and felt great the year they were ranked high, especially after beating Cornell in the ECAC tournament. Then Air Force gave them a lot tougher time than you expected. Against UMD, Yale played UMD’s game, and so many hallmarks of Yale’s game disappeared.
    So with Quinnipiac, it will be fun to see how they respond to tournament pressure against teams they’ve never seen before. It isn’t just about being good — they are — but how you handle facing teams with tons of experience in conferences where they play more games, have more intense rivalries and are loaded with kids who are picked in the front half of the NHL draft, not the back, which is more common for the ECAC.
    When it comes to March Madness in basketball, I always root for the underdog so will root for teams that aren’t hockey factories. I like the point about Western Michigan, etc.
    I wish that the tournament itself was more than 16 teams. I don’t understand any of the economics, etc., but is there no way possible to give some teams byes and add more teams into the tournament?

  • tom hewitt

    St. Cloud State can skate with UND or Minnesota and their goaltender is as good as anybody. Look at what they did to Denver. Their issue is a couple of ineffective defensemen.

    • jmsptrk

      guess we’ll find out over the next 3 weeks if that’s true.

      • nogofer

        I think we’ll have an idea over the next 3 day! :)

        • jmsptrk

          fair point…if you can skate w/UND you can skate w/the Gophers and vice versa.

          • nogofer

            St. Cloud is a very good hockey team.

          • jmsptrk

            it would appear so.

          • nogofer

            Now we know…

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