College Hockey:
Minnesota retains top spot in men’s D-I poll, but Quinnipiac a close second

With 30 first-place votes this week, Minnesota, despite being idle last weekend, remains the top-ranked team in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

Quinnipiac, currently riding a 19-game unbeaten streak after tying Brown and beating Yale last weekend, garnered the other 20 first-place votes and is again No. 2 this week.

Miami jumps one to No. 4 with two wins over Alaska last weekend, while Boston College holds firm at No. 5 after topping Vermont last Friday night.

Western Michigan stays No. 6 with a win and a tie at Ferris State, North Dakota sits seventh again after tying and beating Wisconsin, St. Cloud State vaults up four spots to No. 8 after sweeping Bemidji State, Denver jumps one to No. 9 by virtue of its sweep at Minnesota-Duluth and Yale drops two spots to No. 10
after beating Princeton, but losing to Quinnipiac.

At No. 11, Minnesota State is up four despite being off last weekend, Notre Dame falls two to tie with Minnesota State this week after losing and tying at Ohio State, Boston University falls two and sits 13th after losing to Massachusetts on Friday night, Nebraska-Omaha retains the No. 14 slot after winning and losing in overtime against Michigan Tech and Niagara rises two to No. 15 after sweeping Bentley.

Massachusetts-Lowell is down three to No. 16 with losses to Merrimack and Maine, Dartmouth falls one to No. 17 after tying Union and losing to Rensselaer, Union is again No. 18, Wisconsin stays 19th and previously-unranked Merrimack, with wins over Massachusetts-Lowell and New Hampshire, 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.

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  • Jake

    What a great week off by Minnesota they don’t even have to play to be #1

  • Joke

    QU remains unbeaten in 19 games and Minn. sits idle and QU is still number 2??? Yeah, that makes sense…

    • Jason

      Usually the number 1 has to lose to move down. Happens in every sport.

      • Joke

        True, true – usually. Though, QU should have taken the top spot the week Minn lost to Minn St. Granted, Minn St is now #11. Oh well.

        • Mike

          If QU keeps playing like they have been they could very well get it soon.

    • Scott

      They tied an unranked below average Brown team… Not going to convince people to move up the polls with that.

    • Guest

      a tie w/brown is why. if they had collected 2 wins on the w/e, i’m pretty sure they’d have made it to #1.

  • Mike

    As a Gophers fan I would have no problem giving QU the #1 nod. They are obviously pretty darn good. Not to mention it can be a burden sometimes to carry that bullseye. The only thing I’ll say is historically on the USCHO poll if a team is idle they don’t move…up or down. I’m just simply stating a fact, nothing more. However it has happened before, just not very often.

  • Joe

    Thank you. This article is so much better than what you have been producing. Now you just need to correct Miami’s ranking and add New Hampshire.

  • Joe

    ^Did minnesota not lose last week?

  • cawlidgehawkeyfan

    The Gophers can have number 1 in the polls, it’s completely irrelevant. The Pairwise is what actually counts for something and QU has been #1 there for a month.

    • jmsptrk

      you’re right, it is irrelevant. and speaking as a gopher fan, i really don’t care if we’re ranked #1 in the polls as long as we keep winning. at the end of the day they’re clearly both good teams (18-4-4 & 19-3-4) and the only thing that matters gets decided on the ice.

      • cawlidgehawkeyfan

        Couldn’t agree more, there’s a reason why they play the games.

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