Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Cornell men’s hockey team climbed another notch in the Feb. 11 USCHO.com poll. The seventh-place ranking is the highest the Red has been this year. Furthermore, Cornell was one of four teams to receive a first-place vote.
Denver remained in the No. 1 spot with 21 first place votes, after taking 3 of 4 points in its home series against unranked Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend. St. Cloud swept Michigan Tech, and New Hampshire handily beat Providence 5-2 Sunday, as both teams stayed put in the No. 2 and No. 3 places respectively. The Huskies acquired 13 first-place votes, while the Wildcats garnered five.
Minnesota and Michigan St. swapped places, as the Spartans fell to No. 5 after splitting with Notre Dame.
Maine fell three spots to No. 10 losing to BC on Friday, and Merrimack on Saturday. BU moved up to eighth, and Michigan rose two notches to ninth in the poll. Alaska-Fairbanks made the most significant jump, after routing Ohio St. 6-3, and 6-1. The Nanooks moved from No. 14 to No. 11.
Rounding out the rest of the top-15 are No. 12 UMass-Lowell, No. 13 Northern Michigan, No. 14 Northeastern and No. 15 Western Michigan. Harvard was the only other ECAC to receive votes (2) after beating Vermont 6-0. However, the Crimson hurt themselves by losing to BC yesterday in the Beanpot consolation game.
Cornell also sprang up to eighth in the Pairwise Rankings.
Listed are the current conference leaders in men’s D I hockey: Michigan and Michigan St. (CCHA), Wayne State (CHA), Cornell (ECAC), New Hampshire (HEA), Mercyhurst (MAAC), and Denver (WCHA).
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