For this first time this season, the same team remained in the top spot for consecutive weeks, as North Dakota retained the nation’s top billing despite a split with No. 5 St. Cloud St. The Fighting Sioux earned 20 first-place votes and 568 points in this week’s USCHO.com poll.
Boston College moved up one position to No. 2 this week, after a 2-2 tie at No. 4 UNH and a dominating 4-1 win at ninth-ranked Massachusetts. Maine also rose a spot to No. 3 after a pair of convincing home victories, defeating Northeastern on Friday before dispatching of UMass Lowell on Saturday night. UNH and St. Cloud State rounded out the top five. The Wildcats dropped two places to No. 4 after tying Boston College and having its defense crumble in a 7-4 loss to Providence.
Colorado College and Michigan assumed the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The Tigers remained steady at No. 6 after having the week off. Michigan, which found itself in the top five last week, dropped two spots to No. 7 with a weekend split against Ohio State.
Denver, Massachusetts, and Boston University stayed put in the eighth through 10 spots. The No. 8 Pioneers earned a tough three points on the road at Alaska-Anchorage, while Massachusetts lost to Boston College before winning at Providence. Meanwhile, the Terriers fought Merrimack to a 2-2 before throttling Merrimack the next night, 6-1.
Cornell remained just outside the top 10 after a three-point weekend in the North Country. The Buckeyes of Ohio St. rose two spots to No. 12 after a split against Michigan, while ECAC member Harvard continued its slide, falling to 13th after a loss to Princeton and a win over Yale. Michigan State moved up one place to No. 14 after splitting with Miami. Minnesota-Duluth and Brown rounded out the poll, with the two teams tied for No. 15.
For the first time this season, three Ivy teams — Cornell, Harvard, and Brown — are ranked in the top 15. Another Ivy team, Dartmouth, just missed cracking the list.
The No. 11 Red, which stayed put in this week’s poll after a tie at Clarkson and a 2-1 victory at St. Lawrence, will play host to Bowling Green and No. 12 Ohio St. this coming weekend.
Archived article by Alex Ip