For the first time in nearly 12 years, St. Cloud State is the top-ranked team in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.
This week, the Huskies earned 33 first-place votes and 978 voting points. The last time SCSU had the No. 1 ranking was in the Jan. 7, 2002 poll. This current No. 1 ranking is the seventh time the school has claimed the top spot.
St. Cloud swept Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, taking the top spot from Minnesota, which took 14 first-place votes after a tie and win against Michigan State.
Michigan remains third after a win over Ohio State and an exhibition loss to the U.S. National Under-18 Team, Ferris State climbs two spots to No. 4 after sweeping Lake Superior State and also earned three first-place nods. Providence falls one to No. 5 after tying Northeastern.
Boston College swept New Hampshire and leaps three places to No. 6, Quinnipiac falls two spots to No. 7 after tying Rensselaer and losing to Union, Clarkson took both games from St. Lawrence and jumps two places to sit eighth, Massachusetts-Lowell beat American International and fell to Maine and is down a pair to No. 9, while Union is up one to No. 10 with wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac.
No. 11 Yale drops three notches after a loss to Dartmouth and a tie against Harvard, Miami stays 12th after splitting with Denver, Notre Dame holds firm at No. 13 after a split with Massachusetts, Cornell is up one after tying Colgate and with its sweep of Penn State, Wisconsin is up two to No. 15.
Northeastern moves up three to No. 16 after its Providence tie, Lake Superior tumbles three spots to No. 17 after dropping both contests to Ferris State, Rensselaer gets back in the rankings at No. 18 after tying Quinnipiac and defeating Princeton, Nebraska-Omaha split with Colorado College and falls three places to sit 19th and Denver, with its split with Miami, re-enters the rankings at 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.