College Hockey:
D-I men’s poll shows Minnesota still No. 1 by just 13 voting points

Minnesota garnered 29 first-place votes in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll to stay at the top of the rankings.

Last weekend, the Gophers beat and tied Ohio State.

Idle Boston College earned 19 first-place nods to stay at No. 2, just 13 voting points behind Minnesota, while Union, also idle, had one first-place vote to stay third and after sweeping Colorado College, St. Cloud State tallied the last first-place vote and retains the No. 4 spot.

Wisconsin swept Penn State to stay fifth.

Ferris State and Quinnipiac tied for sixth this week. The Bulldogs moved up one with a sweep over Lake Superior State, while QU was off last weekend and stays sixth.

Idle Massachusetts-Lowell stays at No. 8, Providence was off and moves up one to No. 9, while North Dakota split with Western Michigan  and falls one to No. 10 this week.

Notre Dame beat Boston University in a first-round Hockey East playoff contest and stays at No. 11, idle Cornell jumps up one to No. 12, Michigan split with Michigan State and is down one to No. 13, idle Northeastern stays 14th and Vermont holds firm at No. 15 after defeating Massachusetts in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

At No. 16, Yale beat Harvard in two straight in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs to stay at last week’s rank, idle Colgate is up one notch to No. 17, Minnesota State beat and tied Michigan Tech and falls one to sit 18th, Maine topped Merrimack to jump one to No. 19 and Minnesota-Duluth split with Nebraska-Omaha and drops one to No. 20 to round out this week’s rankings.

In addition, eight other teams received votes.

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

    What happened with the 8 Poll balloters who voted for Mercyhurst as the 20th best team in the country in the previous week’s poll (Mercyhurst received no votes in this week’s poll.) Did they all collectively suddenly change their minds now that we’re at a serious point in the season? I mean, no other team that was idle in the poll THIS week dropped in rank; in fact, a couple of idle teams even moved UP! I just don’t understand it? I mean, Mercyhurst is the only team that is punished pollwise for being idle? Where are the votes for Mercyhurst?

    And all of you Meryhurst fans, this has nothing to do with Mercyhurst and the fine season the program has had (& may yet surprise even more.) This has everything to do with integrity in the poll balloting process. Reasonable difference of opinions, YES!, but teams ranked in the mid 30′s in the Pairwise should not reasonably be judged to be the 20th best team in the country. Evidently, some of the (voting) coaches (or media balloters) of those teams ranked in the 30′s in the Pairwise think otherwise.
    If I’m wrong, I’d like to hear from at least 1 of the 8 Mercyhurst poll balloters from last week as to how they factored them 20th best last week, but now, somehow, they’re out of the poll altogether. Mercyhurst would have had to drop (per these 8 voters) below at least 6 or 7 other teams from 20th to below all other teams receiving votes. And all of the other teams that were previously below Mercyhurst in the previous week’s week’s poll either lost, or were idle. So just exactly, how does that work?

    • Justin

      Wow, I am not a Mercyhurst fan but believe they absolutely deserve an explanation to the above. Well put and said.

  • Javier Wilcox

    Who’s Mercyhurst???

  • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

    buckey should be ranked higher then the gophs. they just swept head to head, AND swept PSU on teh road. goofs lost a shooty to OSU and one a throwaway game. what more yo you want?? seriously badgers should at least be ranked #2…. we can all agree on this, why can’t the voters. I don’t get it?

    • patrickolson

      Actually, we DON’T all agree on that…

      • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

        uh… yeah we do? nice try there.

        • patrickolson

          Nope, pretty sure you are the oy one here who thinks that.

    • WellsyMn

      Mn swept Wisc at the end of Nov. Lost identical 2-1 games 3 weeks ago in which Mn outplayed Wisc in both games. By virtue of their schedule, and having lost only 4 games all season, Mn is #1. If anyone else has a legitimate claim to #1, it would be BC. Head to Head, Mn beat and tied BC. Mn defeated NH, Mercyhurst, St. Cloud, swept Michigan for 2, split with Notre Dame on the road. That is why they are #1 at this point.

    • What the?

      If you’re going to argue that Minnesota should fall in the rankings after a tie against Ohio State on the road, perhaps your Badgers shouldn’t have LOST to the buckeyes TWICE this season, both on the road and at the Kohl Center. But thanks for living up to your moniker.

      • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

        what happens at Kohls center stays there haha, thats what i always say. anyways, i still stand by my statement, take off the maroon and goof goggles!

    • MNGopherGuru

      Pretty sure no one agrees with you….. Do you live in fantasy land?

      • patrickolson

        He’s been trolling pretty hard the past week or so.

  • Bob

    I don,t agree …buckey played mostly cupcakes….union is nmbr one!!!

  • JCA

    At this point in the year, you watch for conference championships and knock out matches. By knock out matches, I mean series that will knock out a bubble team if they lose. For example, I suspect W. Michigan / Duluth is a knock out for the loser while the winner moves up to maybe top 15 PWR. UNH / NE is another knock out game, and maybe PC is in trouble with a loss. I think UVM is not knocked out with a lost series at Lowell because losing on the road to a higher ranked team should not be too damaging. OTOH, Cornell gets into trouble with a loss at home to Clarkson.

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