After a bye week, Notre Dame remained the clear No. 1 on Monday’s USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I men’s poll, with Boston University in pursuit once again after a home-and-home sweep of New Hampshire.
Monday’s result marked the seventh straight poll at the top for the Fighting Irish, which is unbeaten in its last 20 games. Meanwhile, the Terriers were No. 2 for the fourth straight week. ND earned 37 first-place votes and BU picked up 13; no other teams received a first-place vote, and each of the 50 voters ranked Notre Dame and Boston University first and second in one order or the other.
Moving up to third from fifth this week was Northeastern, which swept Providence. The Huskies were followed by Cornell, down a spot after suffering just its second loss of the year. The Big Red were dropped by Yale but rebounded to beat Brown. Completing the top five was idle Minnesota.
Vermont edged up to No. 6 this week after a three-point weekend against Massachusetts. The Catamounts passed Denver, which fell from fourth to seventh with a loss and a tie to North Dakota.
The next three spots in the poll were static compared to a week ago. Coming in at No. 8 again was Michigan, which swept Michigan State, while idle Princeton was ninth and Miami, which took three points against Nebraska-Omaha, was No. 10.
Opening the second half of the poll was Boston College, up three places thanks to its sweep of Maine. North Dakota likewise rose three spots, while UNH fell two positions to No. 13.
Ohio State edged down to 14th after garnering one of four points versus Western Michigan, with Wisconsin next at No. 15 after a split with now-No. 17 Colorado College, which fell four places. Sandwiched between those teams was Minnesota Duluth, which swept Minnesota State.
Rejoining the poll at No. 18 was Yale, which followed its win over Cornell with another against Colgate. Next up was Air Force, which swept Army, and finally No. 20 Dartmouth; the Big Green tied Holy Cross Wednesday and Harvard Sunday.
Falling out of the top 20 was Alaska.