Miami Slim No. 1, Michigan Close Second In Poll

Despite its first loss of the season, Miami hung onto the No. 1 spot in the latest Division I men’s poll, released Monday.

The RedHawks lost Friday to Notre Dame before recovering Saturday for a split with the Fighting Irish, while No. 2 Michigan won a pair against Alaska, leaving the teams with identical 9-1-0 records. Voters were split between the RedHawks and the Wolverines, with Miami netting 26 first-place votes and Michigan 22.

Leaguemate Michigan State made it a sweep of the top three spots for the CCHA, as the Spartans beat Mercyhurst twice to take the remaining two first-place votes and the No. 3 position in the poll. Miami and Michigan State face off for a pair this Thursday and Friday.

Idle Denver inched up a notch to fourth place, passing North Dakota, which fell two places to No. 5 after splitting with Wisconsin.

New Hampshire held its ground in sixth after a tie with Massachusetts-Lowell and a win over Boston College, while Colorado College moved up to No. 7 by sweeping Minnesota-Duluth.

No. 8 this week was Clarkson, which lost to Quinnipiac but beat Princeton. The Golden Knights were followed by Wisconsin and then Notre Dame to round out the top half of the poll.

Boston College fell four spots to No. 11 with a tie against Merrimack and the aforementioned loss to UNH, while Minnesota eased up to No. 12 after winning twice against Minnesota State.

St. Cloud State made a move up to 13th by sweeping Michigan Tech; next up, Massachusetts was the week’s biggest gainer, up six positions to No. 14 with a win against Boston University and a tie with UML. In 15th place this week was Rensselaer, which lost to Harvard and beat Dartmouth.

Maine was No. 16, which lost twice to Providence to fall five slots. Minnesota-Duluth was No. 17, followed by Michigan Tech. Harvard entered the poll at No. 19 by beating RPI and Union, and Niagara completed the poll after splitting with Robert Morris.

Dropping out this week was Princeton.