OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a weekend split with Lake Superior State, the Miami hockey team fell two spots to No. 5 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, each of which was released on Monday. Miami was No. 3 last week, matching its highest ranking of the season, but the 'Hawks are still ranked in the top five nationally for the ninth straight week.

Miami (10-3-3, 7-3-2-2 CCHA) racked up 775 points in the USCHO Poll, 108 fewer than last week, while picking up 362 points in the USA Today Poll, just 70 less than a week ago. Just in front of the RedHawks is Minnesota, which earned 815 points in the USCHO Poll, only 40 more than Miami, while the Golden Gophers totaled 43 more points in the USA Today Poll (405) than the 'Hawks. Sitting right behind Miami is Boston University at No. 6 with 727 points in the USCHO Poll, 48 fewer than Miami, and 37 less points in the USA Today Poll (325).

Boston College returned to the top spot in both polls after losing the No. 1 ranking last week as the Eagles earned 35 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 22 of 35 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. New Hampshire, which was No. 1 last week, flipped with BC and is now back at No. 2 in the polls. The Wildcats received nine first-place votes in each poll. CCHA rival Notre Dame moved up to third in the polls after its second straight sweep, garnering three first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and one in the USA Today Poll. The fourth-ranked Golden Gophers then picked up the remaining three first-place votes in each poll with Miami completing both top fives.

Behind BU at No. 6 is another CCHA foe in Western Michigan as the Broncos are seventh in both polls, gaining one spot in the USA Today Poll after sweeping then No. 16 Ferris State. North Dakota climbed one spot in each poll to No. 8 while Quinnipiac is ninth in the polls, leaping four spots in the USCHO Poll after extending its unbeaten streak to 10 games last weekend. Dartmouth completes the top 10 in the USCHO Poll while Denver dropped four spots to No. 10 in the USA Today Poll.

Denver is 11th in the USCHO Poll, moving down five spots from last week, while Dartmouth is No. 11 in the USA Today Poll. Cornell is No. 12 in both rankings while Union and Nebraska-Omaha are flipped in the polls. Union is 13th in the USA Today Poll and 14th in the USCHO Poll while the Mavericks are No. 13 in the USCHO Poll and 14th in the USA Today rankings. Yale rounds out the USA Today Poll in 15th while the Bulldogs hold the same spot in the USCHO Poll.

Niagara jumped two spots to No. 16 in the USCHO Poll as the lone Atlantic Hockey representative while St. Cloud State remained in 17th. Harvard moved up to No. 18 while Ferris State slid three spots to No. 19 after being swept by WMU. Minnesota State completed the 20-team poll, entering the rankings for the first time this year.

The ECAC leads all conferences with five teams ranked in the USA Today Poll, though none inside the top nine, while the WCHA is represented by four teams and the CCHA (Notre Dame, Miami and WMU) and Hockey East each placed three teams in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the ECAC and WCHA each have six teams represented while the CCHA has four teams (Ferris State), Hockey East has three and Atlantic Hockey has one team 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, which sits in second place in the CCHA, wraps up the first half of the season this weekend with a two-game CCHA series at in-state rival Ohio State, which is receiving votes in the USCHO Poll. Puck drop at Value City Arena is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday with Friday's contest airing on the Big Ten Network.

--MURedHawks.com--