Middlebury Tops Ninth Straight D-III Poll

Middlebury maintained its lock on the top spot in this week’s USCHO.com Division III men’s poll, garnering 12 of 15 possible first-place votes after a pair of weekend wins. Holding the second spot again this week is Manhattanville, which received the other three first-place votes after an idle weekend.

Remaining at No. 3 was Wisconsin-Superior. The Yellowjackets had a win over Concordia, and ties with St. John’s and Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Also standing pat at No. 4 was St. Norbert, which won a pair against NCHA foe Lake Forest.

Moving up one spot to No. 5 is St. John’s; in addition to the tie with Superior, the Johnnies downed Stevens Point. Norwich dropped one spot to sixth, after an overtime loss to Plattsburgh and two league wins.

At No. 7, up one position, is Fredonia. The Blue Devils won two exhibition games at St. Clair. RIT dropped to eighth after a loss at home to Plattsburgh.

At No. 9, up two spots, is Oswego, after a tie with Curry. Wisconsin-River Falls dropped one position to No. 10, after a loss to St. Olaf and a pair of wins over Marian.

Dropping one spot is No. 11 Trinity. The Bantams lost their first game over the weekend to Amherst, and had a narrow victory over Hamilton. Curry stayed at No. 12 after ties with Oswego and Colby. Bowdoin swapped positions with Hobart; the No. 13 Polar Bears beat Babson and UMass-Boston, while Hobart was idle.

St. Thomas stayed at No. 15 after a tie with Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Other teams receiving votes were Plattsburgh, Utica, Bethel, St. Olaf, Colby, Wentworth, and Gustavus Adolphus.