Minnesota-Duluth ends 2011 as top team in men’s poll

Minnesota-Duluth finishes the 2011 calendar year as the No. 1-ranked team in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll for the second consecutive week.

The defending D-I champs received 48 first-place votes and 998 out of a possible 1000 total points.

Minnesota, with an NCAA-best 14 wins, is second this week and had one first-place vote.

Boston College is third again this week, while Ohio State sits fourth and garnered the other first-place ballot.

The rest of the poll is largely unchanged, with so few games last weekend, and no new teams entered the rankings.

The next D-I men’s poll will be conducted on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.