Being No. 1 in December…

It’s a common line when teams become No. 1 in December — it’s being No. 1 in March that matters. But is being No. 1 in December a good predictor of being No. 1 in March? We’ll take a look at the history. 

Here are the No. 1 teams in the last November poll, since the USCHO poll started in 1998.

11/30/98 UNH — lost national final

11/29/99 Harvard — lost in ECAC semifinals (not selected for nationals)

11/27/00 Dartmouth — lost NCAA semifinal

11/26/01 UMD — won NCAA title

11/25/02 Minnesota — lost NCAA semifinal

11/24/03 Minnesota — won NCAA title

11/29/04 Minnesota — won NCAA title

11/28/05 St. Lawrence — lost NCAA semifinal

And here are the No. 1 teams in the last poll of December — which in some ways is a closer analogy to the current poll since this season started earlier than in the past. 

12/14/98 Harvard — won national title

12/13/99 Northeastern — lost in ECAC quarterfinals (not selected for nationals)

12/18/00 Dartmouth — lost in NCAA semifinals

12/17/01 UMD — won NCAA title

12/16/02 Harvard — lost NCAA final

12/15/03 Minnesota — won NCAA title

12/13/04 Minnesota — won NCAA title

12/12/05 St. Lawrence — lost NCAA semifinal

And one last list — the dates for which the national champions were actually No. 1 in the polls. Minnesota (2004, 2005) is the only program to win the NCAA title without having a 4-week period ranked below No. 1.

1999 Harvard (12/3-end of season)

2000 Minnesota (never)

2001 UMD (never)

2002 UMD (preseason-1/7)

2003 UMD (presason-11/4, and 3/17)

2004 Minnesota (10/13-1/19, 2/16-end of season)

2005 Minnesota (all season)

2006 Wisconsin (11/21 and 1/16-1/30)

14 COMMENTS

  1. seriuosly how can you say sergio somma is keeping pace with the nations leading scorers with only 8 pts??? Hell Miami has had two guys get 6 + points in a weekend and there are currently 26 guys with double digit points in the country. Kearny from Yale had 8 points in his first two games and the leader in the country has 22 pts….boy you much of been struggling to find something this week to pull that ridiculous stat out that makes zero sense…..

  2. seriuosly how can you say sergio somma is keeping pace with the nations leading scorers with only 8 pts??? Hell Miami has had two guys get 6 + points in a weekend and there are currently 26 guys with double digit points in the country. Kearny from Yale had 8 points in his first two games and the leader in the country has 22 pts….boy you much of been struggling to find something this week to pull that ridiculous stat out that makes zero sense…..

  3. Yeah, that was a goof — when what I meant to write was that Miami was undefeated at home in CCHA play. I should have said 3-0-1 in CCHA play. Seriously, I need more sleep during the week.

  4. Yeah, that was a goof — when what I meant to write was that Miami was undefeated at home in CCHA play. I should have said 3-0-1 in CCHA play. Seriously, I need more sleep during the week.

  5. He had five goals through seven games. Before this past weekend, he was keeping some lofty company with other goal-scorers. I knew it wouldn’t last. It was, however, worth mentioning. Any time one guy is singlehandedly trying to bolster his team — as Somma does — it’s worth mentioning.

  6. He had five goals through seven games. Before this past weekend, he was keeping some lofty company with other goal-scorers. I knew it wouldn’t last. It was, however, worth mentioning. Any time one guy is singlehandedly trying to bolster his team — as Somma does — it’s worth mentioning.

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