Top Three Unchanged As Minnesota Heads Up Poll

Two more wins meant another week at No. 1 for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers swept Michigan Tech over the weekend to extend their nation-best unbeaten streak to 18 games and their reign atop the Division I men’s poll to four weeks, once more by a unanimous decision.

Monday’s poll also featured a familiar name at No. 2, where New Hampshire resided once again. The Wildcats beat Massachusetts-Lowell Wednesday and St. Lawrence Friday to run their own unbeaten streak to 12 and their winning streak to nine, tops in Division I.

Maine was again No. 3 this week after topping Northeastern Friday; the Black Bears were followed by Notre Dame, which swept Michigan over the weekend. The Fighting Irish, who finished a scant one point behind Maine this time around, traded poll positions with No. 5 Miami, which took three of four points from Ohio State.

No. 6 St. Cloud State continued its rise through the top 20, sweeping visiting Colgate to run its winning and unbeaten streaks to eight and 11, respectively. The Huskies, up two places from last Monday’s poll, were followed by seventh-ranked Boston College, which split with Massachusetts.

Coming in eighth was Colorado College after a split with Alaska-Anchorage, while Boston University beat Providence in its lone game of the weekend to finish at No. 9. Michigan rounded out the top 10, down three spots.

Cornell inched up to No. 11 this Monday, tying Rensselaer and defeating Union. Denver was next after taking three points from Minnesota State, and Vermont came in at No. 13, playing its only game in exhibition action, a win over the U.S. Under-18 team.

Michigan State stanched the bleeding of the last few weeks, stabilizing at No. 14 with a sweep of Northern Michigan, and Clarkson moved up to No. 15 with a Tuesday win over archrival St. Lawrence.

Finishing out the poll were Massachusetts, North Dakota (down seven places after a sweep at the hands of Wisconsin), Lake Superior State, Dartmouth, and returning Quinnipiac. Departing the top 20 was Alaska.