November 26, 2002

M. Icers Move to No. 7

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After sweeping ECAC rivals Harvard and Brown over the weekend, the men’s hockey team (6-1-0, 5-1-0 ECAC) claimed a tie for first in the conference and moved up to seventh in the latest poll. The Red defeated Harvard by a 5-2 score on Friday night and followed that effort with a 5-0 shutout over the Bears on Saturday.

For the second straight week, Boston College was voted No. 1 in the country. After dropping its first game of the season, a 3-2 loss to UNH in overtime at home last Tuesday, the Eagles rebounded with a 4-1 win over Northeastern.

North Dakota moved up one spot to No. 2 after sweeping Wisconsin over the weekend. North Dakota won a pair of nailbiters by scores of 3-2 and 2-0. Meanwhile, despite giving Boston College its first loss, UNH dropped to No. 3 in this week’s poll. Over the weekend, the Wildcats fell 2-1 to Maine in overtime before defeating UMass.

Coming in at No. 4, Maine made the biggest leap of the weak, moving up three spots from No. 7 by virtue of its big win at UNH. Denver College rounded out the top five after taking three points from Alaska-Anchorage.

College Colorado, which was idle this past week, remained steady at the No. 6 slot, followed by Cornell, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ferris St. to round out the top ten.

Michigan fell out of the top five and to No. 8 after splitting with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish stunned the Wolverines on the road by a 4-3 score on Saturday. Minnesota stayed put at No. 9 despite two convincing wins over Michigan Tech, while Ferris St. moved into the top ten with a sweep of Ohio St.

Boston University, Miami, Harvard, Providence and Ohio St. were ranked 10th through 15th, respectively. Harvard, which lost 5-2 at Lynah Rink on friday, rebounded with a 7-1 thrashing of Colgate on Saturday. The weekend split was good enough for a two-spot jump in this week’s poll.

Several ECAC teams, including Dartmouth, Yale, and Brown also received votes.

Cornell, which has been ranked no lower than ninth this season, will return to action this weekend when it plays host to No. 11 Boston University on Saturday and Sunday.

Archived article by Sun Staff