College Hockey:
D-I men’s poll shows Minnesota with 41 first-place votes to keep No. 1 ranking

With 41 first-place votes, Minnesota retains the top spot in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

The Gophers swept Wisconsin last weekend to maintain the country’s top ranking.

Idle St. Cloud State garnered eight first-place votes and stay at No. 2, while Michigan is again sitting third after a win over Ohio State, Providence tied Quinnipiac and beat Brown and is again No. 4 and Quinnipiac holds firm at No. 5 after the Providence tie and a victory over Massachusetts.

No. 6 Ferris State had the other first-place vote after tying and beating Northern Michigan and stays in the same spot as last week, Massachusetts-Lowell was off, yet moved up one to No. 7, Yale topped Merrimack and jumps one to No. 8, Boston College was upset by Holy Cross and falls two to No. 9 and Clarkson keeps its grip on No. 10 after sitting idle, though the Golden Knights did post a win over Canadian university Queens.

Union rises four to No. 11 after sweeping Penn State, Miami moves up one to No. 12 with a tie and a win over Bemidji State, Notre Dame drops two spots to 13th after beating Alabama-Huntsville and then losing to Northeastern, Lake Superior State moves two to No. 14 with a sweep of Bowling Green and Cornell falls one to No. 15 after beating Niagara and losing to Boston University.

Nebraska-Omaha was idle and moves up one to No. 16, Wisconsin tumbles five places to No. 17, New Hampshire swept Colorado College and jumps two to No. 18, Northeastern tied Western Michigan and beat Notre Dame to re-enter the rankings at No. 19 and idle Minnesota-Duluth falls two spots to No. 20 this week.

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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  • goldy

    I don’t mean this as talking trash, I swear, but what is going on in North Dakota? I know they have more NHL draft picks on thier roster than any other team so what’s shaking? Injuries? they are a second half beast so best of luck to them. Hopefully we meet up in the tournament.

    • GeauxSioux

      Watched the St. Lawrence games on Friday and Saturday…my first time watching them this year. Flattest, most boring UND team I’ve seen in my 15+ years of watching them. Maybe they really are worn out from the flu/injuries etc, I don’t know. Really unimpressive.

    • patrickolson

      was wondering the same thing.

    • MikeE

      I’m sure you’re with me and most knowledgable college hockey fans when I say you can’t count them out no matter what. I myself have been curious about this, but then all teams no matter how great go through rough patches…our Gophs have been there for sure! As always I fully expect North Dakota to start turning it on sooner than later. I would love to meet them in the post season, (I know…be careful what you wish for!) but I’m sure we will since we are always in the same regional right?!
      Hopefully someone will pick up on that regional quip!

    • pevan52

      Unfortunately far too many times people have discounted the first half of NoDak’s season. Hackstol and his bully boys always come on strong in the second half when other teams get worn down. All it takes is one fight in the handshake line and they will be back.

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