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It’s unanimous: D-I men’s poll shows Minnesota with all 50 first-place votes

With a tie and a win last weekend over Boston College, Minnesota earned all 50 first-place votes and retains the No. 1 ranking in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

Not since the first-ever USCHO.com polls on Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, 1997, has a team been a unanimous top-ranked team in the month of October. North Dakota accomplished the feat some 16 years ago.

Notre Dame holds steady at No. 2 after splitting with Minnesota-Duluth, Providence moves up five spots to No. 3 with a win and a tie against Miami, Michigan beat Boston University and fell to Massachusetts-Lowell to stay fourth and North Dakota, which won an exhibition game against the U.S. National Under-18 Team, went up one to No. 5.

Miami drops three spots to No. 6, Quinnipiac is up two to No. 7 after sweeping Holy Cross, Boston College falls three to No. 8, St. Cloud State moves up a notch to No. 9 with a sweep of Colgate and with a single win over New Hampshire, Rensselaer moves up two spots to occupy the tenth rank this week.

At No. 11, Yale is down from No. 7 after losing to Brown and beating Princeton, idle Lake Superior State goes from No. 15 to No. 12, Wisconsin was also idle, but falls from No. 11 to No. 13, Cornell is now No. 14 after taking both games from Nebraska-Omaha and UML is back up to No. 15 from No. 18 with wins over Michigan and Michigan State.

Idle Minnesota State remains 16th, Clarkson enters the rankings at No. 17 after sweeping Colorado College, two losses to Michigan and Michigan State push Boston University from No. 13 to No. 18, Northeastern split with St. Lawrence and moves up one to No. 19 and Minnesota-Duluth finds its way to No. 20 after the Notre Dame split.

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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  • TrifectaFire

    Can I work for USCHO? I feel like I would 1) get the facts right and 2) be passionate about collegiate hockey. Yale lost to Brown and beat Princeton not vice versa as mentioned above. Brown is undefeated. So is Cornell and Harvard.

    The ECAC is rolling. Two undefeated teams in the ECAC aren’t in the top 20. Is the conference really still under the radar? Name a single team that beat an ECAC opponent in the tournament last year. Don’t hurt yourself: Quinnipiac beat Union and Yale beat Quinnipiac. They had the best inter-conference schedule last year, and so far the same goes for this year. Gaining respect is quite the Sisyphean task.

    I’m serious about wanting to write for USCHO.

    • Matt Forget

      Clearly your listed facts are just a product of your Eastern Bias (TM).

    • lmdubbs

      I don’t think it would be a good idea for you to write for the general audience here on uscho…outside of the ECAC, no one would get your classical mythology references.
      Ignoring the fact that the NBC television schedule featured 0 ECAC teams, and that every other league seems to use the argument “well they ONLY beat xyz other ECAC team, so they can’t be very good” you would think the non-conference record so far would speak for itself, but clearly nothing is good enough for some people. Let the pollsters say what they want, we’ll just keep winning games, since that’s what ultimately matters in the end…I’d rather be the underdog than overrated…

    • jdhockeyboyz

      I share your observation regarding frustratingly frequent fact fumbling. Check the BTHC blog yesterday. But I need to issue fair warning: the percentage of USCHO followers that know the meaning of “Sisyphean task” is rather minute. I, for one, am VERY concerned about the spread of STDs.

      • reardensteel

        “frustratingly frequent fact fumbling”

        Wow, that’s absolutely awesome alliteration.

    • Matt Forget

      Plus, it’s not even like it’s truly hard to research what you just did. A simple look at USCHO’s own scoreboard will get things right, which clearly they didn’t even do.

    • stod_2

      Too early in the season to be talking about a lack of respect for the ECAC. They had a great run last year and it was great for college hockey so I hope they keep it up but the honest truth is that many teams have been contenders year in and year out so until someone (preferably a few teams) from the ECAC can do that for a while you will get the short end of the stick and the teams that are pretty much always in the tourney like BC, BU, DU, CC, MN, WI, ND and ND you are going to get the benefit of the doubt.

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