OXFORD, Ohio - After earning another five of six points in the CCHA standings last weekend, the Miami hockey team stayed in the top five for the sixth straight week, falling one spot to No. 5 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, which were released Monday. The RedHawks were ranked No. 4 last week but have bounced between spots three through five over the last six weeks.
Miami (7-2-3, 4-2-2-2 CCHA) racked up 781 points in the USCHO Poll, compared to 817 a week ago, while the 'Hawks accumulated 376 points in the USA Today Poll, slightly down from the 402 points they earned last week. For the second straight week, Minnesota is just ahead of Miami at No. 4 in both polls, as the Golden Gophers totaled 405 points in the USA Today Poll (29 more than Miami) and 853 points in the USCHO Poll (72 more than Miami). CCHA rival Notre Dame sits just behind Miami at No. 6 with 50 points less than the RedHawks in the USCHO Poll (731 points) and 45 points less in the USA Today Poll (331 points).
For the fifth consecutive week, Boston College claimed the top spot in both polls, earning 47 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 33 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Denver remained at No. 2 in each poll, picking up two first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and the lone other first-place vote in the USA Today Poll. New Hampshire jumped two spots, including over Miami, to No. 3, as the Wildcats grabbed the final first-place vote in the USCHO Poll. Minnesota and Miami complete both top fives.
Spots six through 10 are identical in both polls as well as North Dakota is No. 7 behind the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish. Union College is eighth in the polls followed by CCHA foe Western Michigan at No. 9 and Boston University in tenth.
Dartmouth climbed one spot in the polls to No. 11 while St. Cloud State jumped three spots to No. 12 in both rankings. Cornell slipped three spots in both polls to No. 13 while spots 14 and 15 are different in each poll. Nebraska-Omaha and Harvard completed the USA Today Poll in 14th and 15th, respectively. In the USCHO Poll, Colorado College is No. 14 while Nebraska-Omaha is No. 15.
CCHA foe Ferris State, who Miami split with earlier this year, is No. 16 in the 20-team USCHO Poll, followed by Harvard and Quinnipiac, respectively. Michigan, who the RedHawks also split with to open CCHA play, is 19th in the poll while Niagara rounds out the rankings.
The WCHA leads all conferences with six teams ranked in the USCHO Poll while the CCHA and the ECAC each placed five in the poll. Hockey East had three teams ranked while Niagara represented Atlantic Hockey. In the USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads all leagues with five schools in the poll while the ECAC has four teams represented and the CCHA and Hockey East each put three squads in the rankings.
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.
No. 5 Miami is off this weekend before making the long trek to Alaska for a two-game series with the Nanooks Nov. 30-Dec. 1.