Wolverines Retain Top Spot In USCHO.com/CSTV Poll

With a pair of wins in its CCHA quarterfinal series, Michigan solidified its grip on the No. 1 position in Monday’s USCHO.com/CSTV Division I men’s poll.

The Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha to move on to Joe Louis Arena, picking up 41 of 50 first-place votes this week. No. 2 was Colorado College, which won twice against Alaska-Anchorage to advance to the WCHA Final Five next weekend, while Miami, which swept Bowling Green, was third.

North Dakota, which got by Michigan Tech in three games to move on, was down two spots to No. 4, and New Hampshire was again fifth, having swept Massachusetts to reach the Hockey East semifinals.

Denver won twice against Minnesota-Duluth and moved up two places to No. 6, followed by St. Cloud State, which swept Wisconsin and also climbed two notches to seventh.

Boston College likewise moved up two spots, to No. 8 this week with a sweep of Providence. Michigan State, which lost its best-of-3 quarterfinal to Northern Michigan, was down three positions to ninth and Clarkson, which lost in three to Colgate in the ECAC Hockey quarters, came in at No. 10, down from seventh last week.

Notre Dame opened the second half of the poll at No. 11 after a three-game triumph over Ferris State, and Minnesota jumped three spots to 12th after taking its series with Minnesota State in three games.

Boston University advanced in three against Massachusetts-Lowell to move up to No. 13, with Minnesota State next in 14th and then Princeton, which battled past Yale in three game, at No. 15.

Harvard won a wild series against Quinnipiac in three game to place in 16th this time around, trailed by No. 17 Wisconsin and then 18th-ranked Vermont, which toppled Northeastern in three games. Niagara won the CHA championship and an NCAA autobid to finish 19th, and Cornell swept Union to come in at No. 20.

Dropping out since last week were Minnesota Duluth and Providence.