Minnesota unseats Quinnipiac, takes over top spot in D-I men’s poll

Despite getting just 22 first-place votes, Minnesota has unseated Quinnipiac at the top of the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

Minnesota, ranked No. 2 last week, advanced to the WCHA Final Five with a series win over Bemidji State last weekend, while Quinnipiac, now at No. 2 after getting 27 first-place votes, heads to the ECAC semifinals after getting by Cornell in three games.

Miami won its series with Michigan State and is off to the CCHA semifinals and remains third in the poll, Boston College is up one to No. 4 after defeating Vermont in their Hockey East quarterfinal playoff series and Massachusetts-Lowell earned one first-place vote to move up one notch to No. 5 after sweeping Maine in their Hockey East quarterfinal.

North Dakota, despite advancing to the WCHA Final Five with a series win over Michigan Tech, drops two to No. 6, while St. Cloud State is up one to No. 7 after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage, Minnesota State rises two to No. 8 with a WCHA series win over Nebraska-Omaha, Notre Dame jumps three to No. 9 with a CCHA quarterfinal win over Bowling Green and New Hampshire falls three spots to No. 10 after losing its Hockey East quarterfinal to Providence.

Yale rises two to No. 11 after taking both from St. Lawrence in their ECAC quarterfinal, Western Michigan was swept by Michigan and falls three to No. 12, Denver lost its WCHA quarterfinal to Colorado College and drops two spots to No. 13, Wisconsin holds steady at No. 14 after sweeping Minnesota-Duluth and Niagara swept the Rochester Institute of Technology to advance to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals and remains 15th in this week’s rankings.

Providence is up one to No. 16, Boston University rises one to No. 17 after sweeping Merrimack in the Hockey East quarterfinals, Union is up one to sit 18th with a sweep of Dartmouth in the ECAC quarterfinals, Rensselaer tumbles three to No. 19 after losing to Brown in the ECAC quarterfinals and Michigan enters the rankings this week at No. 20.

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.