Minnesota ends 2013 as top team in D-I men’s rankings

The final USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll of the 2013 calendar year has Minnesota once again the top-ranked team in the country.

The Gophers, who were idle last weekend, received 37 first-place votes this week to retain the top spot.

Ferris State was also off last weekend and stayed at No. 2 with nine first-place nods, followed by No. 3 St. Cloud State, also idle, which also garnered a first-place vote. St. Cloud moved up one notch from the Dec. 16 poll.

Providence topped Dartmouth and rises one spot to No. 4. The Friars took the other three first-place votes.

Idle Union rounds out the top five, moving up one notch to No. 5.

Boston College jumps one spot to No. 6 with a Three Rivers Classic tournament win and victories over Bowling Green and Penn State.

At No. 7, Michigan is down four after losing to Western Michigan and Michigan State at the Great Lakes Invitational. Quinnipiac tied Massachusetts and remains eighth, Massachusetts-Lowell downed Canisius and Clarkson at the Catamount Cup and moves up one to No. 9, while Yale topped Holy Cross and goes from No. 11 to No. 10.

Clarkson fell to both Vermont and UML and drops two spots to No. 11, Miami was off and stays 12th, Wisconsin swept Alabama-Huntsville and is up one to No. 13, idle Notre Dame falls one to No. 14 and Cornell retains No. 15 with a win over New Hampshire and a tie against Maine.

Denver sat idle, but moves up one to No. 16, Northeastern lost to Air Force and falls one to No. 17, Lake Superior State was off and remains 18th and Nebraska-Omaha was idle and stayed at No. 19.

Vermont won the Catamount Cup with victories over Clarkson and Canisius and 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.