No. 1 Tigers Tighten Grip On Poll

Two wins over St. Cloud State provided Colorado College a stranglehold on the top spot in Monday’s Division I men’s poll. The Tigers received 39 of 40 first-place votes to remain No. 1 for the second straight week.

Second place went to Michigan, which won a pair of games against Notre Dame, while Cornell — the recipient of the remaining first-place vote — was No. 3 after victories over Yale and Brown. No. 4 was Maine, down from second after topping Merrimack but losing to Boston University Sunday.

Wisconsin jumped up four places to No. 5 after sweeping a series at North Dakota; the Badgers were followed by Michigan State, which beat Northern Michigan twice. Denver was up three spots to No. 7 after two wins against Michigan Tech, and also rising three places was Boston College, this week’s eighth-ranked team after last Tuesday’s win over New Hampshire.

Vermont beat Northeastern Tuesday, but suffered its first loss of the season Friday to BU to fall to No. 9, while North Dakota followed the Catamounts at No. 10.

Miami was No. 11 thanks to a home-and-home sweep against Ohio State, followed by Minnesota, which fell out of the top 10 after a one-point weekend at Minnesota-Duluth. New Hampshire was No. 13, trailed by Boston University and then Alaska-Fairbanks.

St. Lawrence finished at No. 16, followed by newly-ranked Colgate, Bemidji State, NMU and then Quinnipiac, which entered the poll for the first time in program history after winning its first two ECACHL games, against Harvard and Dartmouth.

Dropping out of Monday’s rankings were Ohio State — ranked No. 4 just two weeks ago before four consecutive losses — and Harvard.