The top four spots in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Networks Division I men’s poll were unchanged from last week, with Michigan again heading up the rankings.
The idle Wolverines tallied 31 of 40 first-place votes to stay atop the voters’ list, while Wisconsin — a winner in a weekend sweep of Minnesota State — ran its season-opening WCHA unbeaten streak to 10 and stayed No. 2.
Third place belonged again to Colorado College, which shut out Michigan Tech twice last weekend, and Maine was No. 4 once more, playing only in an exhibition win against the U.S. Under-18 team Saturday.
Vermont shut out Merrimack and leapfrogged three teams in the process, reaching its highest ranking of the season at No. 5. In sixth was Boston College, which rebounded from a midweek loss to Harvard by beating Northeastern.
Minnesota pulled together a three-point weekend at Denver to climb back to No. 7, moving past North Dakota, which was eighth in the wake of a split with St. Cloud State. No. 9 belonged to New Hampshire, unchanged after splitting a home-and-home series against Massachusetts-Lowell, and Miami rounded out the top 10, earning three points versus Notre Dame Friday and Saturday.
Now-No. 11 Cornell dropped six spots after mustering just one point against Union and Rensselaer, that coming in a tie against the Engineers Saturday. The Big Red was followed by St. Lawrence at No. 12, then by Denver, Harvard — up five spots after wins over Boston College, Yale and Brown — and Colgate at No. 15.
Next up were Alaska-Fairbanks, Bemidji State, and Michigan State, which saw its winless streak hit six games after losing to Ohio State and then tying and losing against Western Michigan. The Spartans fell five spots to No. 18.
Rounding out the poll were newly-ranked Clarkson, and finally No. 20 Boston University. Dropping out was Northern Michigan.