Colorado College, which split a Thursday-Friday series with Denver to earn each school half of the MacNaughton Cup, stayed No. 1 in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll. The Pioneers moved up a spot to No. 2, displacing idle Cornell.
The Big Red earned 16 of 40 first-place votes, the same as CC, but finished third this week, reflecting a wide range of opinion on the ECACHL’s top playoff seed. Denver earned four first-place votes, as did No. 4 Michigan, which swept Bowling Green to claim the CCHA regular-season title.
Fifth place went to Boston College, the Hockey East regular-season champ after a three-point weekend against Maine, and Minnesota was sixth after a sweep of Michigan Tech. The Golden Gophers have risen six spots since bottoming out at No. 12 two weeks ago.
Ohio State climbed one notch to No. 7 after taking three of four points from Miami, and Wisconsin dropped two spots to eighth in the wake of a one-point weekend against Minnesota-Duluth. Boston University, which took three points from New Hampshire, was ninth, and the Wildcats fell three spots to 10th this week.
Idle Harvard remained at No. 11, followed by Maine, also stable at No. 12 in a tie with Northern Michigan, which swept Lake Superior State.
North Dakota rejoined the poll at No. 14, with Massachusetts-Lowell dipping two spots to No. 15 after beating Merrimack and losing to Providence.
Dartmouth, which won its ECACHL first-round series in three games against Yale, fell out of the poll.