Minnesota-Duluth Stays First In Women’s Poll

The top of the USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll looked remarkably similar to last week, as the top team, Minnesota-Duluth, handily won two games against North Dakota by a combined score of 18-0, and No. 2 Minnesota completed a 3-1, 2-1 sweep of No. 5 Wisconsin. Despite going 0-3-1 in the last four games, Wisconsin climbed one spot after facing the top two teams in the country in succesive weekends.

No. 4 Dartmouth got underway in style with a 7-0 win over Vermont, followed by a closely-fought 3-2 win over No. 8 Providence. No. 6 St. Lawrence moved up a spot in the poll despite not playing a game, as Brown fell to No. 7 with a split with unranked Niagara.

St. Lawrence will face a test this weekend, hosting Hockey East powerhouse New Hampshire, currently ranked at No. 9. New Hampshire is looking for a measure of respect to go with a perfect 7-0-0 record thus far. Dartmouth will also hope for a big weekend, as it faces visiting Brown and No. 3 Harvard.

The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 15 voters, including 11 coaches of Division I programs and four women’s hockey writers.