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Near-perfect: Boston College gets 49 first-place nods, stays atop D-I men’s rankings

It was almost unanimous, but Boston College retained its spot at the top of the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll this week with 49 of a possible first-place votes and 999 total voting points out of a possible 1,000.

The Eagles started the week winning the Beanpot over Northeastern and then swept Vermont. BC also leads the country with 24 wins on the season.

Minnesota swept Michigan to stay at No. 2 and also received the other first-place vote.

Union beat Cornell and tied Colgate to stay third, St. Cloud State swept Minnesota-Duluth to jump two spots to No. 4 and Quinnipiac falls one place after defeating Yale and losing to Brown.

After splitting with Bemidji State, Ferris State is down two to No. 6, Massachusetts-Lowell beat Massachusetts to remain seventh, Wisconsin split with Ohio State and is again at No. 8, Northeastern lost to BC in the Beanpot final and then beat UMass to rise three notches to No. 9 and Michigan stays at No. 10 despite the sweep at the hands of Minnesota.

North Dakota swept Miami and leaps six spots to No. 11, Providence lost to Connecticut and then tied and won against Notre Dame to drop three places to No. 12, Cornell falls from No. 11 to No. 13 after losing to both Union and Rensselaer, Yale lost to Quinnipiac and beat Princeton, but falls one to No. 14 and Notre Dame runs up five notches to No. 15 after tying and defeating Providence.

At No. 16, Vermont is down one after its sweep to BC, Maine enters the rankings at No. 17 after sweeping Merrimack, Denver split with Nebraska-Omaha to stay 18th, Colgate tied RPI and Union to keep its handle on No. 19 and after its two losses to SCSU, Minnesota-Duluth falls four 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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  • adamsjeffersonmadison

    I am going to rail again about the secret process of poll voting and poll voters as at its very best, it is tainted; at its worst, it is polluted. In either case, a process that is tainted or polluted should not be blithely accepted and condoned.
    I will use Mercyhurst as the example though it is no indictment of Mercyhurst, per se, or its program, or its positive season. The principle applies to many voters, and has been abused for decades.

    In the current case, out of 11 non conference games, Mercyhurst has managed to win only 2; TWO wins. Worse, within their own conference, indisputably the weakest conference in Div. 1, they don’t have a winning record against 4 other conference teams…FOUR (Air Force, Connecticut, Canisius, and Robert Morris,) and (per a voter) they are even better than all of the out of conference teams that they lost to except, highly ranked, Minnesota and Ferris State. Wow.
    Widely disputed differences about who’s number 1, who should be number 7 versus number 12, etc., are all a legitimate part of the process; ridiculousness, fallaciousness, and are not.

    Publish the ballots, even if initially without names. It’s a start to better integrity of the process. Otherwise, why even have a poll if it’s a sham!

    • gogofs

      Amazing! What are you reading? Mercyhurst is not even mentioned in this article…

      • adamsjeffersonmadison

        To Go Gofs,
        I am responding to Paula’s poll ranking ballot that she generously posted at the end of her article. Many poll balloters are petrified to post their ballots or make them otherwise public and hide behind their anonymity to, ultimately, undermine the legitimacy of the poll by voting for a team not remotely qualified to be in the top 20 (likely for personal or prejudicial reasons but simultaneously thwarting the validity of the poll.) The voter who voted for Mercyhurst as the 20th best team in the country in this week’s poll (& again no disrespect to Mercyhurst; they are certainly having a good season,) in my view, falls into the category of disrespecting the poll. Voting Mercyhurst, as of now, as the 20th best team in the country, is not legitimate. At best, we should know who that voter is….or what if some voter selected UAH as 20th best (& most hockey fans, including me, are rooting very hard for that program to succeed)………..
        should we all just shrug our shoulders?

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