February 4, 2003

Red Icers Fall to No. 5

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The top five spots in the USCHO.com Division I men’s hockey poll were juggled this week, as Colorado College leapfrogged Maine and North Dakota to claim the top ranking. New Hampshire and Cornell switched spots.

The Red (17-4-0, 12-2-0 ECAC) fell from fourth to fifth after splitting a home-and-home series with unranked Colgate.

Colorado College made a convincing push for the No. 1 spot, beating No. 3 North Dakota 5-3 and 4-1 on home ice over the weekend. Meanwhile, Maine lost the top spot after salvaging a split at No. 4 UNH with a 3-2 overtime win on Sunday. Colorado College received 35 first-place votes, while the Black Bears only earned five.

Boston College remained in the sixth spot this week. Minnesota and Michigan swapped positions at Nos. 7 and 8, and the eighth through 11th spots remained steady.

Boston University jumped from 14th to 12th with a 5-0 shutout of Merrimack. Harvard, the only other ranked ECAC team, stayed at No. 13. MSU-Mankato stepped up one spot to 14th, while St. Cloud State fell from 12th to 15th.

Two ECAC teams, Dartmouth and Union, received votes but did not crack the top 15. Cornell faces Dartmouth at Lynah Rink this weekend as well as Vermont.

Cornell is 4-2 this season against teams currently in the top 15.

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