Two wins over its archrival propelled Michigan to the top of Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll. The Wolverines swept Michigan State in a home-and-home series, then swept into the No. 1 spot in the nation with 35 of 40 first-place votes.
Last week’s top team, Boston College, left the door open for the Wolverines with a tie and a loss, falling to No. 4 but still getting three first-place votes. The Eagles were also passed by Wisconsin, which rose to No. 2 after two wins at Alaska-Anchorage, and Minnesota, which split with Denver to remain third.
Colorado College earned the remaining first-place vote, and stayed in fifth after sweeping Michigan Tech. The Tigers were tailed by New Hampshire, in the wake of its pair of wins over Northeastern.
North Dakota climbed back to No. 7 after topping St. Cloud State twice, and Maine rose four spots to eighth by beating Massachusetts and Providence.
Ohio State took only one of four points from Nebraska-Omaha to drop to ninth, followed by No. 10 Denver and then 11th-ranked Boston University, which continued its early-season climb with two wins over Massachusetts-Lowell.
Minnesota-Duluth, a former No. 1 team, fell to No. 12 in the wake of a stunning last-second loss to Brown. Idle Northern Michigan held at No. 13, and Cornell tied Vermont before losing to Dartmouth and dropped to No. 14.
Vermont, meanwhile, debuted in Monday’s poll at No. 15 after the Cornell tie and a win over Colgate. The Catamounts are riding the nation’s longest unbeaten streak, at eight games.
Dropping out of the poll was Michigan State.