OXFORD, Ohio - A tie and a win at in-state rival Ohio State last weekend kept the Miami hockey team at No. 5 in both national polls as the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll were each released Monday. The RedHawks were No. 5 last week and have been two other times as well this year, while Miami remained in the top five for the tenth consecutive week.
The RedHawks (11-3-4, 8-3-3-3 CCHA) earned 768 points in the USCHO Poll, just seven fewer than last week, while picking up 366 points in the USA Today Poll, four more than a week ago. Like last week, Minnesota is just ahead of Miami at No. 4 while Boston University sits behind the 'Hawks at No. 6 in the polls. The Golden Gophers earned 816 points in the USCHO Poll, 48 more than Miami, while they received 26 more points in the USA Today Poll (392). The Terriers are 31 points behind Miami in the USCHO Poll with 737 points while BU sits 27 points back in the USA Today Poll with 339 points.
The top six in both polls were unchanged from last week with Boston College remaining on top of both rankings for the second straight week as the Eagles earned 44 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 28 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Fellow Hockey East foe New Hampshire was second in the polls, picking up four first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and five in the USA Today Poll. CCHA rival Notre Dame, who is No. 3, garnered the remaining first-place votes with two in the USCHO Poll and one in the USA Today Poll. Minnesota and Miami then completed the top five.
Behind sixth-ranked Boston University is North Dakota at No. 7 in the USCHO Poll, as it flipped with CCHA foe Western Michigan, who is now eighth after splitting at Michigan. In the USA Today Poll, the top nine did not change as WMU is still No. 7 followed by North Dakota in eighth. Quinnipiac stayed at No. 9 in each poll while Dartmouth completed both top 10s, gaining one spot in the USA Today Poll.
Cornell picked up one place in each ranking to move up to No. 11 while Union and Nebraska-Omaha occupy the next two spots, but in different orders. Union is No. 12 in the USA Today Poll and 13th in the USCHO Poll while the Mavericks are 12th in the USCHO Poll and 13th in the USA Today Poll. Denver fell three spots to No. 14 in the USCHO Poll after a tie and loss last weekend while slipping five spots to No. 15 to round out the USA Today Poll. Yale moved up to 14th in the USA Today Poll and is 15th in the USCHO rankings.
St. Cloud State and Niagara traded spots in the USCHO Poll with the Huskies moving up to 16th and the Purple Eagles falling to 17th. Minnesota State jumped two spots to No. 18, followed by CCHA foe Ferris State, who Miami split with earlier this year, at No. 19. Colgate, who the RedHawks swept to open the season, entered the rankings at No. 20, tying with Harvard for the final spot in the USCHO Poll.
In the USA Today Poll, the ECAC leads all conferences with five ranked teams, though none inside the top nine, while the WCHA placed four teams in the poll. The CCHA and Hockey East each put three teams in the poll but all six teams are ranked in the top seven. In the USCHO Poll, the ECAC leads all leagues with seven teams represented while the WCHA put six teams in the poll. The CCHA placed four squads in the poll while Hockey East had three and Niagara represented Atlantic 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 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 polls will take a one-week hiatus before being announced again on Dec. 31 (USCHO Poll) and Jan. 1 (USA Today Poll).
No. 5 Miami is off next weekend as well but returns to the ice Dec. 28-29 at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa. The RedHawks face Ohio State for a third straight time to open the tournament Dec. 28 and face either Penn State or host Robert Morris the next night. OSU and RMU are each receiving votes in the USCHO Poll.