College Hockey:
Quinnipiac stays atop men’s D-I rankings

Despite losing to St. Lawrence and beating Clarkson in a pair of one-goal games last weekend, Quinnipiac earned 34 first-place votes to remain the top team in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll this week.

Minnesota, after splitting with Wisconsin, remains No. 2 after getting 15 first-place votes.

Miami comes in No. 3 again despite gaining a split with Notre Dame, Boston College had the other first-place nod and stays fourth after losing to Merrimack and tying New Hampshire in a pair of overtime contests. UNH retains the fifth spot in the rankings.

Idle North Dakota jumps one to No. 6, idle St. Cloud State rises one to No. 7, Western Michigan tied and lost at Ohio State and falls two spots to No. 8, Minnesota State swept Michigan Tech to stay ninth and idle Denver moves up one to sit tenth this week.

At No. 11, Notre Dame is up one, Massachusetts-Lowell jumps two to No. 12 with a sweep over Massachusetts, Yale lost to Union and Rensselaer and is down three places to No. 13, Nebraska-Omaha
climbs two spots to No. 14 after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage and Boston University falls a pair of notches to No. 15 despite tying and defeating Maine in two overtime games.

Niagara falls one to No. 16 by splitting with Robert Morris, Merrimack jumps two to No. 17, Wisconsin stays 18th, Dartmouth falls two spots to No. 19 after losing to Cornell and beating Colgate and No. 20 Union re-enters the rankings this week with wins over Yale and Brown.

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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  • cawlidgehawkeyfan

    Shocking sign of respect to an ECAC team.. Sets up for a unreal battle on NBC Sports Network on Friday night. #1 vs. #13 at 7:30

  • Mike

    Sounds about right to me, QU and Gophs both split so QU stays on top. Let them keep that bullseye! I for one would like to see them do well in the NCAA’s. That’s just me.

  • Rtn2GoldCountry

    Seriously, who is the fool that voted for B.C.

    • Joseph Crowley

      It was not this BU alum. I would find a way to vote them number two after winning the Frozen Four. :)

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  • Fulcrum77

    So 3 idle teams move up a spot, Minn. St. sweeps a series and stays at 9…

    • jmsptrk

      oh come now….it was tech. (i kid, i kid.)

  • holmesaaaa

    How? How are they still #1? They lose to St. Lawrence and barely beat Clarkson? I mean who is in charge of this seriously? Why taint the NCAA tourney by giving these conferences such respect? Instead of sending in a legit WCHA or Hockey East team they send two or three of these crap conference teams in and its a joke. Go play a WCHA conference schedule and see where you are Quinnipiac. Congrats on the big win against Clarkson though!

    • At least the regular season conferences in the “inferior” (according to you) leagues are more interesting to watch, as opposed to the same two or three teams in HEA and WCHA that don’t “suck” dominate everything season after season.

      Oh yay, Minnesota is here again.
      Oh yay, BC is here again.
      Oh yay, Michigan is here again.
      Oh yay, North Dakota is here again.
      Oh yay, BU is here again.

      Qpac got beat by SLU 2 to 1? Because upsets and weird results don’t happen in ice hockey, ever.

      Let the sport grow and stop being so angry about a poll that most claim is meaningless anyway (even though the math STILL shows Qpac at #1 anyway, and I take math to contain a larger degree of truth than a fan’s opinion on a forum somewhere).

      • holmesaaaa

        Oh what about the 8-1 drubbing of the then #1 team in the country Boston College, then the next game 4-1 over the then #2 Notre Dame, then 5-1 over North Dakota. Who has Quinnipiac beat again? Oh yeah a fluky sweep over Nebraska Omaha. Thats it, thats all, Yale sucks, Union sucks, i mean get real man!

        • Joseph Crowley

          As a Hockey East fan, I do not insult any other conference or teams from other conferences to make a point about my team or league. I do not selectively choose data points and then use biased adjectives like fluky or legit, depending on the league, let alone mild profanity.

          The whole “play a (fill the blank) conference schedule” argument went poof this year when Texas A&M beat Alabama in Alabama. The WCHA will be wildly different next year, CCHA will not exist and NCHC/BTHC will have zero history as a league.

          As a person that saw Bemidji State play in a Frozen Four live and knowing RIT graduates happy their team played in a Frozen Four, I certainly know a good team and a hot goaltender can defeat any team from any league. Do try to represent your school and your league better in the future.

          • jmsptrk

            I would like to apologize on behalf of us reasonable Gopher fans. Dude is embarrassing.

          • patrickolson

            Agreed jm, agreed.

        • wet_socks

          dial it back a bit. It’s college hockey. They’re student athletes. The fact is, both the subjective (coaches poll) system, and the objective (PWR) system, have QU in the pole position. The games are played out. Whoever is left standing at the final buzzer is national champion. Until then, it’s all academics. If you’re so angry about the college hockey rankings, I cannot imagine how you feel about the price of gas. Especially with all those grueling drives from one WCHA campus to another. get a grip

      • jdhockeyboyz

        QU has put a great season together regardless of conference. As a fan of MN, I know that they haven’t been dominating anyone lately. They’re a .500 team in February after enjoying an 8-0-2 stretch in Dec and Jan. Every game is a struggle. I am surprised they continue to draw first place votes, but season records count for something too. Take a closer look at the WCHA, though. Besides your boring “usual suspects”, teams like SCSU, UNO, and MN St are all having outstanding seasons and ready to do postseason damage to the unsuspecting..

      • Joseph Crowley

        It seems to me that Merrimack is the top team in Hockey East right now. They were a number one in the country a few years ago and everyone had the same complaints about their schedule. As a BU alum, I know that Merrimack just beat BC.

        If BU is here again, it is news to me. They are fighting for home ice in the Hockey East playoffs and a fourth seed in the NCAA tournament.

        I completely agree about Quinnipiac being in the discussion for number one, especially with all of the ties and losses at the top of Hockey East.

        I am also still waiting for someone to call out Niagara from AHA for being overrated without bothering to look at the Pairwise rankings. Since that is the objective criteria used by the selection committee, it would appear a good way to rank the teams.

  • Joseph Crowley

    BU went down in the polls thanks to giving up seven goals to Harvard in the Beanpot CONSOLATION game, then playing two close as nails games in Alfond against 9th place Maine. BU had big leads in both games and allowed the Black Bears back into both games while also reviving the stagnant powerplay. Maine entered the series as the worst power-play in the country. Four power-play goals later and Maine moved ahead of Penn State, Harvard and Wisconsin.

  • Patrick

    QU has proven nothing to me yet! Until they play a legitimate Top team and beat them soundly they are simply a overrated ECAC team!! Playing Yale friday night means nothing, how about playing MN, BC, Miami, ND, Denver, UNH etc then we will see how good they are… and if they are worthy of the top spot!!!

    • jdhockeyboyz

      Relax, QU can’t change their schedule in mid-season just to satisfy doubters. They have earned their way into the NCAA tournament, beyond anyone’s doubt. Once they get there, they take their chances like the other 15 teams.

    • Siouxweet

      But no one cares what you think. Literally. About anything. Good thing you have the internet to whine about

      • Patrick

        I am not whining about anything, just pointing out how pathetic QU schedule is… No one cares about what you think either. Literally

        • wet_socks

          One thing is for sure, D1 hockey coaches clearly don’t care about your opinion. ; )

    • How quickly they forget the 6-2 drubbing of a then #8 Yale.

      Thanks for playing, enjoy your year’s supply of Rice-A-Roni

    • I’m pretty sure they’re not out to prove anything to you. They are out to prove something to themselves and the NCAA as a whole.

  • I would agree that the poll is meaningless. I mean if Qu is still at the top, how could it have real meaning? The polls have always had an east coast bias and have never been important.

    • Minnesota is on the east coast? What are you gonna tell me next, New Jersey Tech is a victim of West Coast Bias?

      • Banky

        He is saying that Qu is on the east coast.

  • Goofus

    Anyone else get a kick out of how angry the Goof fans are?

    • Banky

      Oh yeah! LOL!

    • patrickolson

      Who is angry? And what would be angry about?

      • patrickolson

        NM…just saw what I think you were talking about. Don’t be a dick next time and peg all fans as angry when it’s clear only one is.

  • I have to agree with some of the comments here even if I disagree with the vitriol. I do remain bewildered at the #1 ranking of QU. I too have looked at their schedule andI chuckled a bit. I cant tell if they have any quality wins at all or have beaten a ranked team – I’ll assume ‘yes’ to both but nothing obvious pops out at me at quick glance. If you arent of a supporter of one the regular top schools, I can see how it is nice to see a new name there. What does bother me though is the thought of a truly better team NOT making the tournament. To me the only real accomplishment is QU’s record. Regardless of how good their competition is, their record is an accomplishment. I also agree that if they had to play in Hockey East their record would be quite different. If they played in the WCHA my guess is their record would be much closer to .500 and may not even be a ranked team. I’ve seem MN play often this year and I live in CT and have seen QU play a bit too. My educated guess in QU would be routed 10-1, especially if its played on a big sheet of ice. Should be an interesting tournament.

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