OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a sweep of Bowling Green, the Miami hockey team vaulted up the national rankings to No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 4 in the USCHO.com Poll, both of which were released Monday. The RedHawks, who were No. 6 in both polls last week, matched their highest ranking of the season by coming in third in the USA Today Poll, also claiming that spot in the Dec. 3 poll and the Oct. 22 poll.
Miami (15-6-5, 10-4-4-4 CCHA) totaled 420 points in the USA Today Poll, 94 more points than last week when the 'Hawks had 326 points, while Miami totaled 835 points in the USCHO Poll, 135 more than the 700 it had last week. Just ahead of the RedHawks in the USA Today Poll is Quinnipiac, which had 65 more points (485), while New Hampshire was one spot in front in the USCHO Poll with 36 more points (871). UNH is right behind the 'Hawks in USA Today Poll with just three fewer points (417) while Boston College is one spot back of Miami in the USCHO Poll with 64 less points (771).
For the fifth consecutive week, Minnesota is the No. 1 team in the land in both polls, receiving 28 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 23 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Quinnipiac is second in the rankings, garnering the remaining 22 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and the other 11 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. The RedHawks and Wildcats are then third and fourth, respectively, in the USA Today Poll, and flipped in the USCHO Poll, while Boston College dropped two spots to No. 5 in both polls.
CCHA foe Western Michigan rose three spots to No. 6 in the rankings after sweeping Michigan. Yale stayed put at seventh in the USA Today Poll and eighth in the USCHO Poll while North Dakota slipped to seventh in the USCHO Poll and eighth in the USA Today Poll. Rounding out the top 10 in the USA Today Poll is Boston University at No. 9 and Denver in 10th. In the USCHO Poll, CCHA rival Notre Dame dropped two spots to ninth while the Pioneers are again No. 10.
Notre Dame fell three spots to 11th in the USA Today Poll after splitting with Ferris State while BU remained No. 11 in the USCHO Poll. UMass-Lowell is 12th and St. Cloud State moved up to 13th in the USA Today Poll while the River Hawks and Huskies are in opposite spots in the USCHO poll. Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota State are No. 14 and No. 15, respectively, in both polls, capping the USA Today Poll.
Dartmouth dropped four spots to 16th in the USCHO Poll while Niagara held steady at No. 17. Union came in 18th while Wisconsin, which Miami split with two weekends ago, moved up a spot to No. 19. CCHA foe Alaska, which the 'Hawks host this weekend, entered the USCHO Poll at No. 20 to complete the ranking.
In the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads all conferences with six ranked teams while Hockey East placed four teams in the poll. The CCHA has three teams represented, led by Miami, while a pair of ECAC squads are also in the poll. In the 20-team USCHO Poll, the WCHA also leads all leagues with seven ranked teams while the CCHA, the ECAC and Hockey East all put four teams in the poll. Niagara then 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.
No. 3/4 Miami is back on the ice this weekend, hosting No. 20 Alaska Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. Puck drop Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. while Saturday's contest, which is Skate with the 'Hawks Night, begins at 7:05 p.m. The RedHawks swept the Nanooks in Alaska earlier this year. Both games will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel in Ohio. Tickets for the games can be purchased here.