In a very close vote, Minnesota edged out Quinnipiac for the top spot in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.
Minnesota, which split with Minnesota State last weekend, earned 28 first-place votes and 975 points, compared to QU’s 22 first-place votes and 967 points. Quinnipiac was idle last weekend.
New Hampshire jumps one to No. 3, Miami rises two to No. 4 and Boston College falls two to No. 5.
Western Michigan leaps three places to No. 6, North Dakota falls two to No. 7, Yale stays eighth, Notre Dame falls two to No. 9 and Denver holds steady at No. 10 this week.
Boston University is again No. 11, St. Cloud State rises four spots to No. 12, Massachusetts-Lowell jumps two to No. 13, Nebraska-Omaha scoots down one to sit 14th and Minnesota State falls one to No. 15.
Dartmouth plummets four ranks to No. 16, Niagara stays 17th, Union is up one to No. 18, Wisconsin jumps one to No. 19 and Alaska enters the rankings this week at No. 20.
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.