March 3, 2004

Icers Absent from Poll

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Even though head coach Mike Schafer’s ’86 team has won seven out of its last eight games, Cornell (15-8-6, 13-6-3 ECAC) could not break into the top 15, garnering only 15 votes in the latest Division I poll.

North Dakota moved back into the top spot this week with a convincing sweep over WCHA rival No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth. The Sioux, which let up only two goals during the two days, received 22 first-place votes — four more than No. 2 team Boston College. The Eagles split their series this past weekend with No. 7 New Hampshire.

While No. 3 Maine, No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 7 New Hampshire held their spots from last week, No. 4 Wisconsin made the most notable jump, moving up two spots following its sweep over struggling Alaska-Anchorage.

CCHA leading No. 6 Michigan fell two places after being dominated by No. 15 Notre Dame — losing 4-1 and 5-2 this past weekend at South Bend. No. 8 Denver moved up three spots with its demolishing of No. 10 Minnesota — a team which dropped three spots this week.

While No. 9 Miami moved up one spot following its three-point weekend against CCHA rivals Western Michigan, No. 11 Ohio State had the week off, with an important home-and-home series with the RedHawks in the upcoming week.

ECAC champions No. 12 Colgate moved up one spot after clinching the Cleary Cup with a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence. No. 13 St. Cloud State dropped four places after the Huskies were blown out by Colorado College — letting in 12 goals over two days. Michigan State and newcomers, the Fighting Irish, occupy the final two positions in the poll.

Archived article by Brian Tsao