OXFORD, Ohio - A convincing exhibition win over Western Ontario Sunday was enough to slide the Miami University hockey team up one spot in both national polls released Monday, as the RedHawks jumped from ninth to No. 8 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
Miami picked up 234 points in the USA Today Poll, up from 203 in the preseason poll. In the USCHO Poll, the 'Hawks totaled 588 points, 35 more than they received a week ago. Miami is the second-highest ranked CCHA team in the USCHO Poll behind No. 3 Michigan while the RedHawks are third among CCHA teams in the USA Today poll behind the Wolverines and No. 7 Western Michigan.
The polls have different teams sitting at the top as defending champion Boston College is No. 1 in the USCHO Poll for the second straight week, picking up 37 of 50 first-place votes, but the Eagles fell to No. 2 in the USA Today Poll despite receiving 19 of 34 first-place votes. Minnesota, who was tied with BC at No. 1 in the preseason USA Today Poll, now holds that spot alone with 14 first-place votes but one more point than the Eagles. The Golden Gophers are second in the USCHO Poll with 12 first-place votes.
Spots two through six are identical in both polls with Michigan coming in third in each while garnering a single first-place vote in each poll. North Dakota and Cornell, who moved up one spot from the preseason polls, round out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. UMass Lowell also climbed a spot in the polls as the River Hawks are now sixth in both polls.
Western Michigan made the biggest leap of any team in either poll this week, jumping to No. 7 in the USA Today Poll after ranking No. 11 in the preseason poll. The Broncos earned 250 points, 16 more than Miami. In the USCHO Poll, Denver is seventh with 624 points, 36 more than the RedHawks. The Broncos sit behind Miami in the USCHO Poll at No. 9, just four points back of the 'Hawks with 584, while Union College, who lost their season opener over the weekend, dropped four spots to No. 9 in the USA Today Poll, seven points behind Miami. Denver rounds out the top 10 in the USA Today Poll while Union is 10th in the USCHO Poll.
Ferris State, the defending CCHA regular season champion, is 11th in both polls. In the USCHO Poll, Boston University improved a spot to No. 12, switching places with No. 13 Minnesota Duluth. CCHA rival Notre Dame remained 14th in the poll while Wisconsin, who Miami faces Jan. 18-19 in non-conference action, is No. 15 in the USCHO Poll. In the USA Today Poll, Minnesota Duluth is behind Ferris State at No. 12 while the Fighting Irish tumbled three spots to 13th. Boston University and the Badgers complete the 15-team USA Today Poll in 14th and 15th, respectively.
Michigan State stayed put at No. 16 in the USCHO Poll, as did Harvard at No. 17. Quinnipiac and Merrimack, who knocked off Union to open the season, both entered the poll for the first time in 18th and 19th, respectively, while Maine rounded out the 20-team poll, falling five spots after a season-opening loss to Quinnipiac.
The CCHA and WCHA tied for the lead among conferences with five teams each in the USA Today Poll while Hockey East placed three teams in the poll and the ECAC had two. In the USCHO Poll, the CCHA led all leagues with six teams ranked while the WCHA and Hockey East each had five teams ranked and the ECAC placed four teams in the poll.
The USCHO.com Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.
The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.
The No. 8 RedHawks open the regular season this weekend, hosting Colgate from the ECAC Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 at Steve Cady Arena. Tickets are available for this weekend's games here while Saturday's game is Skate with the 'Hawks Night as fans can skate with the RedHawks after the game.USCHO.com Poll (week 1)
Team (First Place) Record Pts Last Week 1 Boston College (37) 0- 0-0 978 1 2 Minnesota (12) 0- 0-0 948 2 3 Michigan ( 1) 0- 0-0 871 3 4 North Dakota 0- 0-0 837 4 5 Cornell 0- 0-0 704 6 6 Massachusetts-Lowell 0- 0-0 680 7 7 Denver 0- 0-0 624 8 8 Miami 0- 0-0 588 9 9 Western Michigan 0- 0-0 584 10 10 Union 0- 1-0 581 5 11 Ferris State 0- 0-0 466 11 12 Boston University 0- 0-0 429 13 13 Minnesota-Duluth 0- 0-0 404 12 14 Notre Dame 0- 0-0 400 14 15 Wisconsin 0- 0-0 242 18 16 Michigan State 0- 0-0 222 16 17 Harvard 0- 0-0 179 17 18 Quinnipiac 1- 0-0 126 NR 19 Merrimack 1- 0-0 120 NR 20 Maine 0- 1-0 102 15USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (week 1)
Team, Pts. (First-Place Votes) 1 University of Minnesota, 483 (14) 2 Boston College, 482 (19) 3 University of Michigan, 429 (1) 4 University of North Dakota, 406 5 Cornell University, 284 6 UMass-Lowell, 263 7 Western Michigan University, 250 8 Miami University, 234 9 Union College, 227 10 University of Denver, 200 11 Ferris State University, 176 12 University of Minnesota Duluth,140 13 University of Notre Dame, 136 14 Boston University, 119 15 University of Wisconsin, 63