Rankings roundup: How ranked teams fared, Feb. 24-March 2

Ryan Papa and St. Cloud State split a series with Michael Parks and North Dakota (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

Here’s how the 20 teams in the Feb. 24, 2014, USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll did from Feb. 24 to March 2:

No. 1 Boston College (25-5-4) lost to No. 14 Notre Dame 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 2 Minnesota (23-4-5) beat Penn State 5-1 on Friday, beat Penn State 2-1 on Saturday. This week: at Ohio State, Friday-Saturday.

No. 3 Union (24-6-4) won at No. 15 Yale 2-0 on Friday, won at Brown 3-0 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 4 Ferris State (23-9-3) lost at Alaska 4-1 on Friday, lost at Alaska 5-3 on Saturday. This week: vs. Lake Superior State, Friday-Saturday.

No. 5 St. Cloud State (19-8-5) lost to No. 10 North Dakota 5-2 on Friday, beat No. 10 North Dakota 3-1 on Saturday. This week: at Colorado College, Friday-Saturday.

No. 6 Wisconsin (19-9-2) did not play. This week: at Penn State, Friday-Saturday.

No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell (21-9-4) won at No. 17 Vermont 1-0 in overtime on Friday, lost at No. 17 Vermont 3-2 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 8 Quinnipiac (22-8-6) won at St. Lawrence 8-0 on Friday, tied at Clarkson 1-1 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 9 Northeastern (18-12-4) lost at Boston University 4-1 on Friday, lost to Boston University 4-2 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 10 North Dakota (19-10-3) won at No. 5 St. Cloud State 5-2 on Friday, lost at No. 5 St. Cloud State 3-1 on Saturday. This week: vs. Western Michigan, Friday-Saturday.

No. 11 Cornell (15-8-5) lost to Dartmouth 1-0 on Friday, beat Harvard 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 12 Providence (19-9-6) won at No. 18 Maine 4-2 on Friday, won at No. 18 Maine 3-2 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 13 Michigan (16-10-4) tied Ohio State 2-2 on Friday (lost shootout), won at Ohio State 4-3 on Sunday. This week: vs. Michigan State, Friday; at Michigan State, Saturday.

No. 14 Notre Dame (20-12-2) won at No. 1 Boston College 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. This week: vs. Boston University, Saturday (Hockey East first round).

No. 15 Yale (15-9-5) lost to No. 3 Union 2-0 on Friday, beat Rensselaer 5-0 on Saturday. This week: vs. Harvard, Friday-Sunday (ECAC first round, best of three).

No. 16 Colgate (17-12-5) lost to Harvard 2-1 on Friday, beat Dartmouth 2-1 on Saturday. This week: Off.

No. 17 Vermont (18-12-3) lost to No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 1-0 in overtime on Friday, beat No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 3-2 on Saturday. This week: vs. Massachusetts, Friday (Hockey East first round).

No. 18 Maine (15-13-4) lost to No. 12 Providence 4-2 on Friday, lost to No. 12 Providence 3-2 on Saturday. This week: vs. Merrimack, Saturday (Hockey East first round).

No. 19 Minnesota State (21-13) won at Lake Superior State 5-0 on Friday, won at Lake Superior State 4-3 on Saturday. This week: vs. Michigan Tech, Friday-Saturday.

No. 20 Denver (15-13-6) won at Western Michigan 4-2 on Friday, lost at Western Michigan 3-1 on Saturday. This week: vs. Miami, Friday-Saturday.

20 COMMENTS

  1. ugggggg the gophs are so lame! pretty annoyed if they get the #1 again. I think wisco should be ranked higher SOOOOO good at home. I mean have you seen us in the KC?!!? That place get’s rockin. Best student section in all of collage hockey. #on wisconson

  2. BC loses a fluke goal — they seem like the team to beat.
    They should remain #1.

    Gophers played well Friday night, very mediocre on Saturday night.

    • They played better than the score showed. The 2nd was terrible, but they did hit about 8 posts in the game. The score could have very easily been different. I give Penn State a lot of credit. They played much better that game vs. Friday.

  3. This Gopher fan is OK with BC maintaining their top spot in the voter’s poll. They have been unbeatable for 3 months and the Gophs couldn’t come up with a split in Wiskeyville.

    • Oy, that was quite a reversal. Whether it’s BC #1/UMN #2 or vice-versa, I don’t think there is any question who the best two teams are in the country. Not that it translates to success in the post season though.

    • Guys, the best records in the last 20 games… BC 17-1-2, Union 15-3-2, Minnesota 14-2-4, Wisconsin 15-4-1, and North Dakota 14-5-1. BC, Minn, and Union have dominated the conferences. All three deserve multiple #1 votes. BC’s 49-1 gap of recent weeks is absolutely ludicrous, just as was Minnesota’s back when. Logic says an OT loss to #10 ND shouldn’t cost BC the top spot, but the poll voters aren’t logical and “wave” more easily than a flag on a windy day.

      • To be sure, Union has an excellent team again this year. They simply do not match up well against Colgate and that may be their achilles heel in the ECAC tourney. BC looks like an NHL rookie team with a terrific 17 year old goalie. If Union shows they can get past Colgate and Cornell and or Qunnipiac, and wins the ECAC tourney and gets assigned to a decent NCAA bracket, anything is possible. They are neither BC nor Minnesota but Union is very, very good.

        • Each team appears to have a “trouble” team going into the conference playoffs. As noted Union has trouble with Colgate. BC has to be concerned with Notre Dame. Wisconsin has handled Minnesota, but has struggled against Michigan. UND and St Cloud have each other and MinnDuluth.
          A veteran team like Union can give a young team like BC fits in a regional.

  4. PSU did play better and Gophers had some good flurries that didn’t result in goals; however, again periods that that focus seemed to drift. I was impressed; however, with the way they answered the physical play of PSU.

  5. Come on, voters… Really? Minn 37, BC 12, and Union just 1? After an 19-game unbeaten streak and an OT loss to the #10 team in the Pairwise? Well, you’ve rendered the polls meaningless… Again.

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