College Hockey:
Yale finishes ’12-13 season as national champs, top team in D-I men’s poll

In the final USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll of the 2012-13 season, national champion Yale takes the top spot with 47 of 50 first-place votes after blanking Quinnipiac 4-0 in the national title game on April 13.

Yale was ranked 15th in the last poll, conducted on March 25.

Quinnipiac finishes second in this week’s poll.

Frozen Four semifinalists Massachusetts-Lowell (No. 3) and St. Cloud State (No. 4) are next, with UML staying in their previous spot, while SCSU moves up five places.

Miami stays fifth after beating Minnesota State and then losing to St. Cloud State in the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota falls four to No. 6 after falling to Yale in the opening round, North Dakota stays seventh after dropping Niagara and then losing to Yale, Notre Dame falls four spots to No. 8 after suffering an opening-game defeat to St. Cloud State, Boston College sits ninth, down three spots after a loss to Union and Union is up three to No. 10 with the BC win and then a loss to Quinnipiac.

At No. 11, New Hampshire is down one after beating Denver and losing to Lowell, Wisconsin lost to Lowell and falls four to No. 12, Minnesota State falls two to No. 13, Denver is down two to No. 14 and Niagara falls one to No. 15.

Western Michigan stays 16th, Boston University does the same at No. 17 and Providence finishes 18th. Tournament qualifier Canisius is up one to No. 19 and Michigan falls one to 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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  • jmsptrk

    I’ll second that. And I’m a Gopher fan.

  • Guest

    And what did we learn over the past 4 weeks….That US college hockey is only slightly biased. The 3 QU votes, show how subjective the NCAA is…5-0 win would get those votes but not 4-0. Even the pairwise allowed Yale to drop from 4th to 15th over one weekend lol.

  • Jim Bleth

    I think what last weekend demonstrated is that we should go to a best 2 out of 3 leading up to the frozen four.

    • EliBlue

      Again with you, the only one of thousands who didn’t think that was a magical spring. Everyone else liked it, including all of the Sioux and Minnesota fans who came up to me in Pittsburgh and said they were rooting for Yale and loved the way they played. But then again, most people who are delusional and disconnected from reality take no cues from anyone around them and think they’re the only sane one. Everyone who covered this said the same thing — these runs never happen. Put them collectively as one whole series and you’d never picture a team going 4-0. Get your medications checked

    • Devo

      In one sense, I see your point: in a one-and-done situation like the NCAAs, there’s no way to tell whether teams underperform or overperform–i.e., whether it’s a “fluky” win.

      . . . Except for the fact that this Yale squad went through four very good teams to win this championship. I know normally the WCHA is the stronger league (even years when the ECAC had a winning OOC record, it still has always had a losing record against WCHA teams), the ECAC always has some pretty good teams and this year it had some very good teams. And the win itself didn’t even look “fluky,” it’s not like Yale won on some crazy hail-mary type thing. Granted, Agostino’s not going to get that turnover every time he tries, but to me it’s just like a buzzer-beater in NCAA basketball: we celebrate the guts, confidence and athleticism it took to make the play, not complain about how they “got lucky.”

      Whether or not this year is a sign of things to come, a lot of people agree that the best team won. Although granted, I would have loved to see Minnesota and Yale meet in the final.

      • Jim Bleth

        My only point is that in a best of three, the stronger team will win most of the time, and there will be less flukey wins. Yale was not the best team in the tourney, but you have to tip your hat because they won.

        • Dfyg

          To say Yale was not the best team in the tourney is silly. They beat 3 # 1′s and NoDak to boot. Now, perhaps going in on paper they were not, but coming out on paper and on ice they certainly were. The arguement that Yale could not have won in a best of # series, I d point to these facts. 1.) Their performance in the tourney. I dont believe many outside of us Yale homers had them winning any of the 4 games. 2.) The fact that they won all 4 perhaps discredits your “belief” that they couldn t win a series. 3.) Most telling, their body of work against top 10 teams and out of conference teams all season. ….Yale has every bit stake to claim that we would in fact have won this championship no matter the format as any other team in the field. I d say that Yale had no “flukey wins”. Was the best team in the tourney. And deserve a bit more of a “tip of the hat”, how about the acknowledgement that they proved on the ice that they were the best team, qualified Champions.

        • FurnitureMaker

          No one should reply to this guy. They should redo the college basketball and football formats too. Loser fan of team that got knocked out early. Angry anti-ECAC anonymous hater. No one reply anymore

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