OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off its second straight weekend split against a ranked foe, the Miami hockey team is ranked No. 5 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, both of which were released Monday. For the second straight week, the RedHawks slipped one spot, moving down from No. 4 last week, however Miami has now been ranked in the top five each of the last four weeks.
The RedHawks (5-2-1) totaled 765 points in the USCHO Poll, while Cornell moved ahead of Miami to No. 4 with 790 points and North Dakota is right behind the 'Hawks with 749 points at No. 6. In the USA Today Poll, Miami garnered 361 points, just 11 fewer than No. 4 Cornell (372), while North Dakota (351) was 10 points back of Miami in sixth.
The top five in both polls are identical with Boston College retaining the No. 1 spot for the third straight week as the Eagles earned 48 of 50 first-place votes and 998 points total in the USCHO Poll while gathering 33 of 34 first-place votes and 509 points in the USA Today Poll. Minnesota and Denver are then second and third in the polls with the Pioneers receiving one first-place vote in the USCHO Poll. Cornell and Miami complete the top five.
Behind North Dakota in the USCHO Poll is CCHA rival Notre Dame at No. 7 while Union College claims the seventh spot in the USA Today Poll. The teams are then flipped with Notre Dame No. 8 in the USA Today Poll and Union eighth in the USCHO Poll while Union earned the remaining first-place vote in each national poll. New Hampshire and CCHA foe Western Michigan complete both top 10s in ninth and 10th, respectively.
In the USCHO Poll, Boston University is No. 11 followed by CCHA rival Michigan, who fell four spots to No. 12. St. Lawrence, Harvard and St. Cloud State claim spots 13 through 15, respectively in the poll. Rounding out the USA Today Poll, Michigan is No. 11 with BU behind them, followed by Harvard at No. 13, St. Lawrence at 14 and UMass Lowell at No. 15.
Completing the USCHO Poll, Northern Michigan, Miami's opponent this weekend, is No. 16 while UMass Lowell is 17th. Ferris State, who the RedHawks split with last weekend, moved up one spot to No. 18 while Colorado College and Minnesota-Duluth finished out the 20-team poll, respectively.
In the USA Today Poll, the CCHA, Hockey East and the ECAC all have four teams ranked while the WCHA placed three in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the CCHA and WCHA are tied for the lead with six teams ranked while Hockey East and the ECAC each have 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.
After a four-game road trip, the No. 5 RedHawks return home to host No. 16 Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena. Puck drop is 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here.