Their season debut still four days away, Middlebury nonetheless increased its hold on the nation’s top spot, adding three first place votes to last weekâ€™s total of 10 in this week’s edition of the USCHO.com Division III men’s hockey poll. Manhattanville, now 4-0-1, is just nine points back but lost a first place vote to Wisconsin-River Falls, now third, who has an identical record.
Plattsburgh — who along with Wisconsin-Stout has the nationâ€™s best mark at 7-0 — rose one spot as did Stout; both received the final first place votes. Norwich, previously fourth, fell to No. 6 despite not yet playing a game.
Seven and eight, St. Norbert and Elmira, remained in their current positions while Hobart, now an impressive 6-0, ascended three spots to ninth. Continuing to struggle, Oswego dropped again, this time just one spot to tenth.
Babson, St. Thomas, undefeated (4-0) Bethel, Bowdoin and Mass.-Dartmouth round out the poll. Interestingly, all five of those teams just swapped positions amongst themselves, leaving no more new entrants in this weekâ€™s rankings.