College Hockey:
Minnesota unseats Boston College as top team in D-I men’s poll

By virtue of Minnesota’s two wins over Penn State and Boston College losing its first game in three months, there is a new team at the top of the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll – the Gophers.

Minnesota garnered 37 first-place votes and BC registered 12.

Boston College lost to Notre Dame last Saturday and drops to No. 2 in the rankings.

Union, which had the other first-place nod, beat Yale and Brown and stays No. 3, St. Cloud State split with North Dakota and moves up one to No. 4 and idle Wisconsin also jumps up one notch to sit fifth this week.

Quinnipiac is up two to No. 8 after a win over St. Lawrence and tie against Clarkson, Ferris State was swept by Alaska and tumbles three notches to No. 7, Massachusetts-Lowell split with Vermont and falls one to No. 8, North Dakota is up one to No. 9 and with its sweep over Maine, Providence is back in the top 10 at No. 10, up from No. 12.

At No. 11, Notre Dame rises three after its win over BC, Michigan tied and beat Ohio State to go from No. 13 to No. 12, Cornell lost to Dartmouth and defeated Harvard, but falls two places to No. 13, Northeastern was swept by Boston University and falls all the way from No. 9 to No. 14 and Vermont leaps up two spots to No. 15 in this week’s poll.

Yale fell to Union and then beat Rensselaer and falls one to No. 16, Minnesota State took both from Lake Superior State to rise two to No. 17, Colgate falls a pair to sit 18th after losing to Harvard and beating Dartmouth, previously-unranked Minnesota-Duluth is back in the rankings at No. 19 after sweeping Miami and Maine drops two places 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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  • Bob

    union s/b nmbr one!!!

  • Afterfurtherreview

    Still tough to pick against BC as #1. 17-1-2 since Dec. 1 and that loss being in OT isn’t so bad.

  • jdhockeyboyz

    The voters sure came down hard on BC for allowing a bad hop overtime goal.

    • JakeB

      Yeah, it must be that midwest bias.

  • Mark Decker

    I think it is a toss up between the top 3 teams which should be #1 through #3. But to make the choice I guess I would have to go by the latest result. But any of them could be ranked #1 and have an actual argument for it. The next couple of weeks will tell a lot.

  • Grant Buse

    Doesn’t matter. Pairwise is all the matters in College hockey.

  • Craig Gould

    Midwesterners were just waiting to vote out BC. Even when they hadnn’t lost in 3 months and MN lost two to Wis BC didn’t get all first place votes.

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