Quinnipiac still top-ranked team in D-I men’s poll

The top 12 spots in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll remain the same as last week, including Quinnipiac as the top-ranked team for the third week in a row.

Quinnipiac, which beat Yale and tied Brown, garnered 37 first-place votes this week.

Minnesota earned 10 first-place votes to stay No. 2 after beating and tying Minnesota-Duluth. Third-ranked Miami swept Lake Superior State and took home two first-place nods, Boston College, which earned the other first-place vote, sits fourth after upending Merrimack in overtime on Sunday.

New Hampshire is again fifth after a win and tie against Vermont, No. 6 North Dakota split with Denver, No. 7 St. Cloud State split with Colorado College, eighth-ranked Western Michigan played to a pair of ties with Notre Dame, Minnesota State stays ninth after being off last weekend and Denver is again slotted tenth.

Notre Dame is again No. 11, Massachusetts-Lowell stays 12th after sweeping Boston University, Nebraska-Omaha lost an exhibition game to the U.S. Under-18 Team and jumps one to No. 13, Niagara rises two to No. 14 with a sweep over Mercyhurst and Yale drops two to No. 15 after losing to QU, but then beating Princeton.

At No. 16, Wisconsin is up two places after a win over Penn State Sunday, Merrimack is again 17th, Dartmouth is up one notch to No. 18 after losing to Clarkson and topping St. Lawrence and Boston University tumbles from No. 15 to No. 19 in this week’s rankings.

Previously-unranked Providence enters the poll this week at No. 20 after sweeping Northeastern.

The USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country.