Hockey East Leader New Hampshire Returns to Top 20

Hockey East’s first-place team is back in the top 20.

New Hampshire, which extended its unbeaten streak to six games last weekend with victories over No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell and at No. 19 Vermont, entered the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll on Monday at No. 19.

Related link: USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll: Dec. 7, 2009

The Wildcats started the season at No. 16, but they were 2-6-2 after 10 games. Since that point, however, UNH is 5-0-1 and pushed above .500 last weekend.

New Hampshire is 7-2-2 in Hockey East play but 0-4-1 outside it.

The top three was unchanged from last week, with Miami, Denver and North Dakota holding those spots.

Bemidji State moved up a spot to No. 4, its highest ranking in the USCHO.com poll.

Boston College and Wisconsin each moved up five spots, to Nos. 10 and 11, respectively. Massachusetts had the biggest fall of the week, six places to No. 15 after losses to Boston College and Massachusetts-Lowell.

An eight-game unbeaten streak helped Union earn the 20th spot in the rankings. The Dutchmen are in the top 20 for the first time since Dec. 4, 2000.

Vermont and Nebraska-Omaha dropped out of the poll.

This week’s schedule includes the six ranked WCHA teams pairing off. No. 12 Minnesota-Duluth hosts No. 2 Denver; No. 3 North Dakota hosts No. 11 Wisconsin; and No. 6 Colorado College hosts No. 17 St. Cloud State.

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