Yale finishes ’12-13 season as national champs, top team in D-I men’s poll

In the final USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll of the 2012-13 season, national champion Yale takes the top spot with 47 of 50 first-place votes after blanking Quinnipiac 4-0 in the national title game on April 13.

Yale was ranked 15th in the last poll, conducted on March 25.

Quinnipiac finishes second in this week’s poll.

Frozen Four semifinalists Massachusetts-Lowell (No. 3) and St. Cloud State (No. 4) are next, with UML staying in their previous spot, while SCSU moves up five places.

Miami stays fifth after beating Minnesota State and then losing to St. Cloud State in the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota falls four to No. 6 after falling to Yale in the opening round, North Dakota stays seventh after dropping Niagara and then losing to Yale, Notre Dame falls four spots to No. 8 after suffering an opening-game defeat to St. Cloud State, Boston College sits ninth, down three spots after a loss to Union and Union is up three to No. 10 with the BC win and then a loss to Quinnipiac.

At No. 11, New Hampshire is down one after beating Denver and losing to Lowell, Wisconsin lost to Lowell and falls four to No. 12, Minnesota State falls two to No. 13, Denver is down two to No. 14 and Niagara falls one to No. 15.

Western Michigan stays 16th, Boston University does the same at No. 17 and Providence finishes 18th. Tournament qualifier Canisius is up one to No. 19 and Michigan falls one to 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.