A tie and a loss against Wisconsin knocked Colorado College out of the top spot in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Networks Division I men’s poll, as the Tigers bequeathed the No. 1 ranking to Michigan. The Wolverines returned to the apex of the poll with 29 of 40 first-place votes after sweeping Northern Michigan last weekend.
The Badgers and the Tigers held down the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, followed by Maine, which beat Massachusetts-Lowell before dropping a decision to New Hampshire Saturday. Fifth was Cornell, which split its weekend, beating Harvard but losing to Dartmouth.
Boston College was sixth, beating New Hampshire last Tuesday and then Vermont Sunday, followed by North Dakota, which swept Minnesota-Duluth. No. 8 was Vermont; the Catamounts topped Providence before their loss to BC.
No. 9 New Hampshire leaped up four spots after two tough Hockey East wins over Boston University and Maine, and Minnesota rounded out the top 10 in the wake of a sweep of Alaska-Anchorage.
Denver fell to 11th after a one-point weekend against Minnesota State, followed by No. 12 Miami and then Michigan State, which experienced the poll’s biggest drop after losing twice to Nebraska-Omaha. Alaska-Fairbanks was next, and then St. Lawrence in 15th.
Bemidji State was No. 16, trailed by Colgate, BU, Harvard and Northern Michigan. Dropping out of the top 20 was Quinnipiac.