January 28, 2004

M. Hockey Falls to 14

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Despite winning just one of its last five contests, the men’s hockey team remained ranked in the weekly USCHO.com poll, coming in at No. 14, down two spots from a week ago. The Red, which beat Vermont, 2-0, on Friday night before falling to nemesis Dartmouth, 2-1, earned 69 points.

North Dakota, which has been the nation’s top-ranked squad for much of the season, kept its place despite a weekend road split against defending champion and No. 5 Minnesota. The Fighting Sioux earned a 4-2 win over the Gophers but then dropped a hotly contested 2-1 game.

The Eagles of Boston College remained hot on the heels of North Dakota for top billing with strong weekend showings at Providence and Northeastern. Michigan and Maine flip-flopped positions in this week’s poll, with the Wolverines rising to No. 3 after outscoring Western Michigan, 11-1, in two road wins. Meanwhile, the Bears split their two games at struggling Boston University, winning 8-4 before being shut out the next evening.

Minnesota, which has been on a tear since starting the season stuck in neutral, stayed put at No. 5 after its split with North Dakota.

Checking in at No. 6 was red-hot Minnesota-Duluth, which has won its last eight games, including a sweep of Michigan Tech. The Bulldogs were one of the week’s biggest movers, rising three spots from the No. 9 ranking it held a week ago.

Wisconsin fell one slot after splitting a road series at Colorado College. After taming the Tigers on Friday, the Badgers had trouble lighting the lamp on Saturday, scoring just once in a 3-1 loss. Despite its 9-1 throttling of Hockey East doormat Merrimack, UNH remained glued to the eighth spot in the poll.

St. Cloud State dropped two places to No. 9 following a horrendous defensive weekend during which it allowed 12 goals. Fortunately for the Huskies, they were able to score 14 of their own in the two games against Minnesota State in securing a split. Denver rounds out the top 10, after a non-descript split at Alaska-Anchorage.

Miami (OH) rose four spots in the poll all the way to No. 11 after taking three points from Nebraska-Omaha. Colorado College, Brown, Cornell and Ohio State round out the top 15.

Archived article by Alex Ip

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