By slimmest of margins, Minnesota again top team in D-I men’s poll

By just one voting point, Minnesota retains the No. 1 spot in this week’s Division I Men’s Poll by a 963-962 margin over St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud did, however, garner more first-place votes (27) than the Gophers (22).

Minnesota split with Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, while the Huskies tied and beat Colorado College to stay No. 2 in the poll.

Michigan beat Niagara and moved up two spots to No. 3, Providence suffered an overtime loss and then beat New Hampshire and falls one to No. 4 and after a split with Princeton, Quinnipiac is down one to sit fifth this week.

Ferris State earned the other first-place vote and moves up four to No. 6 after sweeping Alaska, Boston College stays seventh after beating Harvard and losing to Maine, Massachusetts-Lowell jumps up five to eighth after a sweep of Notre Dame, Yale is again No. 9 after a win over Colgate and a loss to Cornell and idle Clarkson moves up one notch to crack the top 10.

At No. 11, Notre Dame falls five places, idle Wisconsin holds firm at No. 12, Miami falls five to No. 13 after losing both to Nebraska-Omaha, Cornell defeated Brown and Yale and is up four to 14th and idle Union is up two to No. 15.

Lake Superior State lost in overtime and beat Bemidji State to remain No. 16, previously-unranked UNO enters the poll this week at No. 17, Duluth moves up one to No. 18, Rensselaer split with Mercyhurst and drops five places to No. 19 and UNH maintains the 20th spot.

The 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.