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.