D-I men’s rankings have Minnesota holding on to No. 1 spot

Minnesota garnered 44 first-place votes in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll and maintains its spot at the top of the national rankings.

The Gophers won the inaugural North Star College Cup last weekend, beating St. Cloud and then Minnesota-Duluth in a shootout.

Boston College earned wins over Merrimack and Penn State and sits second again this week, also taking the other six first-place votes.

Idle Quinnipiac moves up one to No. 3, while Union topped Harvard and lost to Rensselaer to fall one to No. 4 and St. Cloud stays fifth with its loss to Minnesota and a win over Minnesota State.

Ferris State remains sixth with a split against Michigan Tech, Providence split with Massachusetts-Lowell to stay at No. 7, while Lowell remains eighth. Wisconsin split with Ohio State and maintains the No. 9 rank. With a split against Notre Dame, Northeastern climbs one to No. 10.

At No. 11, Cornell is up one after tying St. Lawrence and beating Clarkson, Michigan swept Michigan State to move up two to No. 12, Yale falls three to No. 13 after splitting with Brown, Notre Dame is up one to No. 14 after its split with Northeastern and Clarkson tumbles two spots to No. 15 after losses to Colgate and Cornell.

Denver earned a split with North Dakota to sit tight at No. 16, while North Dakota is up one notch to No. 17. Colgate enters the rankings this week at No. 18 with victories over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Vermont split with Boston University and falls two to No. 19 and idle Western Michigan drops one place 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.