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Boston College unseats Minnesota at top of D-I men’s poll

With 47 first-place votes, Boston College has supplanted Minnesota as the No. 1-ranked team in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll this week.

The Eagles, ranked No. 2 a week ago, took over the top rankings with wins last week over Boston University in the Beanpot semifinals and against Merrimack.

Minnesota, which was swept by Wisconsin, falls to No. 2.

Union moves up one to No. 3 after wins over Brown and Yale, while Ferris State and Quinnipiac are now tied for fourth. Ferris State swept Northern Michigan to move up one and QU beat Clarkson and lost to St. Lawrence to drop one notch.

St. Cloud State tied and beat Denver to stay sixth, Massachusetts-Lowell is again No. 7 after tying BU and beating Massachusetts, Wisconsin makes the move from 12th to eighth with its two wins over Minnesota, idle Providence falls one to No. 9 and Michigan stays 10th despite splitting with Penn State.

Cornell lost to Colgate is slips two notches to No. 11, Northeastern beat Harvard in the Beanpot semis and then lost to UMass and is down one to No. 12, Yale holds steady at No. 13 after beating Rensselaer in overtime and then losing to Union, Clarkson stays 14th with a loss to Quinnipiac and a win against Princeton and Vermont leaps four places to No. 15 with a sweep of New Hampshire.

At No. 16, Minnesota-Duluth is up one after a tie and a win over Colorado College, North Dakota drops one spot to No. 17 with a split against Nebraska-Omaha, Denver falls three to No. 18, Colgate enters the rankings at No. 19 and after splitting with Maine, Notre Dame drops two to No. 20.

In addition, just seven other teams received votes 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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  • MikeE

    Even though “my” Gophs finally played well last weekend (and yes I know they got swept) I’ve been saying for at least three weeks that BC should be the #1 ranked team in the country. I realize that until this weekend Minnesota held the edge in the PWR over our Evil Empire brother so it’s hard to blame the voters on that end. As well as MN having had (and still has) a slightly stronger SOS in both the RPI and KRACH…but I tend to look at it in how they’re playing. BC has been pulverizing opponents while the Gophs had been, as I’ve said before, coasting. I still think this team could be dangerous come playoff time if they continue to give the effort they gave most of the weekend against Sconnie. But for now I’m content not being ranked #1.

    • ExiledGopher

      Also, Sconnie finally has all it guys healthy and playing again. I thought they would win the conference based on what they had coming back. Minnesota gave great effort, but Wisconsin exposed the lack of big bodies with physical play this weekend. Gophers can still be OK — but its really just not a complete team right now.

      • patrickolson

        I don’t know if it was so so much the big boddies that bothered them so much. They did a good job battling for pucks and splitting the D. They just couldn’t put the puck in the net. That combined with Rumpel playing ridiculously well led to the two losses. Wisconsin is a dangerous team at home…I think they need to prove themselves away from first before being put into that conversation.

  • smack_libs_around

    I think BC remembers how they were unceremoniously dumped from the NCAAs last year. I’m old enough to remember when the local college hockey landscape had BC always looking up at BU. Now look.

  • WeareBC

    Gophers have 1 win in their last 5 outings. BC is rolling and should have the HE title wrapped up on Saturday night.

  • patrickolson

    OK, how did BC GAIN ranking points on the Gophers this past weekend. MN swept a top 10 opponent while BC swept (barely on Friday) a below 500 opponent. Don’t get my wrong, BC should be #1..I just don’t understand how MN lost ground to them…

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