Manhattanville makes its first appearance at No. 1 this week on the USCHO.com Men’s Division III poll. The 14-0 Valiants took 11 of 15 first-place votes after a narrow win over Brockport and a pair of 4-2 victories against Potsdam.
At No. 2, moving up one spot, and garnering two first-place votes is Wisconsin-Superior. The 12-0-5 Yellowjackets had wins over Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Wisconsin-Eau Claire last weekend. Getting single first-place nods were No. 3 St. Norbert and No. 4 St. John’s, each moving up one place in the poll after each notching a pair of league wins.
Dropping from No. 1 to No. 5 is Middlebury. The Panthers dropped a pair on the road in Maine, losing 4-2 to Bowdoin on Friday, and 2-0 to Colby on Saturday. Moving up one place to No. 6 is Fredonia. The Blue Devils downed RIT and Utica during the week.
Moving down one position to No. 7 is Norwich, after a tie with Babson and a win over UMass-Boston. At No. 8, moving up three places, is Trinity, after wins against New England College and St. Anselm.
Wisconsin-River Falls moved up one position to No. 9, despite a narrow overtime win against Lake Forest and a loss to St. Norbert. Dropping one to No. 10 is Oswego, after a weekend split with RIT.
Moving up two places to No. 11 is Bowdoin, even though the Polar Bears’ win over Middlebury was coupled with a loss to Williams. Dropping four places to No. 12 is RIT; the Tigers lost to Fredonia and split with Oswego.
At No. 13 and returning to the poll is Colby. The Mules blanked Middlebury and beat Williams. Hobart, which had wins over Cortland and Geneseo, stays at No. 14, and St. Thomas, with a pair of wins over St. Olaf, stays at No. 15.
Other teams receiving votes were Plattsburgh, Curry, which dropped from the poll for the first time this season, Bethel, Utica, and Babson.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists
of 15 voters, including coaches and beat writers from across the country.