April 12, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - With the 2010-11 college hockey season now completed, the final national polls have been released and for the fourth straight year the Miami University hockey team finished in the top 10, coming in at No. 8 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com Poll.

The RedHawks, ranked fourth entering the NCAA Tournament, were upset in the first round by New Hampshire, who ended the year No. 9 in the country. Miami finished with a 23-10-6 record, its sixth straight 20-win season, and received 647 points in the USCHO.com Poll while in the USA Today Poll the RedHawks garnered 268 points after spending all 26 weeks of the season in the top 15.

After claiming its first national title Saturday night, the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs captured the No. 1 ranking in the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today Poll. The Bulldogs garnered all 34 first-place votes and 510 points total in the USA Today Poll while receiving 48 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll for 996 points. UMD had been ranked 11th in both polls prior to entering the NCAA Tournament.

National runner-up Michigan, who fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2 in overtime, finished No. 2 in the USA Today Poll, 51 points back of UMD, while jumping from No. 6 to No. 3 in the USCHO Poll as the Wolverines’ 926 points fell one short of North Dakota’s 927, leaving the Fighting Sioux at No. 2, as UND claimed the remaining two first-place votes despite losing to Michigan in the National Semifinals. The Sioux ended third in the USA Today Poll.

Notre Dame, who was the fourth participant in the Frozen Four and lost to the eventual champions in the semifinals, came in at No. 4 in both final polls after entering the tournament ranked eighth. Boston College, who was upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, landed at No. 5 in both polls while Yale, who entered as the overall top seed in the tournament, was sixth in the polls as the Bulldogs fell in the regional finals to Minnesota-Duluth.

Denver dropped from No. 5 to No. 7 in both polls following their 6-1 loss to North Dakota in the round of eight. The Pioneers totaled 38 more points than Miami in the USA Today Poll and 32 more in the USCHO Poll. Behind the ‘Hawks at No. 9 was New Hampshire, who stunned Miami in Manchester, N.H. to open the tournament. The Wildcats finished just 22 points back of Miami in the USA Today Poll but 76 points behind in the USCHO Poll.

Merrimack rounded out both top 10s after a first-round exit in the tournament while Colorado College finished at No. 11. Union College ended the year at No. 12 in the polls while CCHA foe Western Michigan, who Miami beat to win its first Mason Cup, was 13th in both polls and Nebraska-Omaha No. 14. Dartmouth closed at No. 15 in the USCHO Poll while RPI was 15th in the USA Today Poll.

In the final INCH Power Rankings, Miami still ended at No. 5, between No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Notre Dame.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (4/11/11)
First-place votes in parentheses
1. University of Minnesota-Duluth (26-10-6), 510 pts. (34), LW: 12
2. University of Michigan (29-11-4), 459 pts., LW: 6
3. University of North Dakota (32-9-3), 449 pts., LW: 1
4. University of Notre Dame (25-14-5), 395 pts., LW: 9
5. Boston College (30-8-1), 363 pts., LW: 2
6. Yale University (28-7-1), 314 pts., LW: 3
7. University of Denver (25-12-5), 306 pts., LW: 5
8. Miami University (23-10-6), 268 pts., LW: 4
9. University of New Hampshire (22-11-6), 246 pts., LW: 11
10. Merrimack College (25-10-4), 204 pts., LW: 7
11. Colorado College (23-19-3), 182 pts., LW: 13
12. Union College (26-10-4), 146 pts., LW: 8
13. Western Michigan University (19-13-10), 122 pts., LW: 10
14. University of Nebraska-Omaha (21-16-2), 82 pts., LW: 14
15. RPI (20-13-5), 16 pts., LW: 15

Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth College, 10; Boston University, 4; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; United States Air Force Academy, 2.

USCHO.com Poll (4/11/11)
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Minnesota-Duluth (26-10-6), 996 pts. (48), LW: 11
2. North Dakota (32- 9-3), 927 pts. (2), LW: 1
3. Michigan (29-11-4), 926 pts., LW: 6
4. Notre Dame (25-14-5), 827 pts., LW: 9
5. Boston College (30- 8-1), 742 pts., LW: 2
6. Yale (28- 7-1), 725 pts., LW: 3
7. Denver (25-12-5), 679 pts., LW: 5
8. Miami (23-10-6), 647 pts., LW: 4
9. New Hampshire (22-11-6), 571 pts., LW: 12
10. Merrimack (25-10-4), 544 pts., LW: 7
11. Colorado College (23-19-3), 512 pts., LW: 13
12. Union (26-10-4), 505 pts., LW: 8
13. Western Michigan (19-13-10), 435 pts., LW: 10
14. Nebraska-Omaha (21-16-2), 373 pts., LW: 14
15. Dartmouth (19-12-3), 231 pts., LW: 15
16. Rensselaer (20-13-5), 223 pts., LW: 16
17. Boston University (19-12-8), 183 pts., LW: 17
18. Air Force (20-12-6), 154 pts., LW: 20
19. Maine (17-12-7), 135 pts., LW: 18
20. Cornell (16-15-3), 51 pts., LW: 19

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 44, Minnesota 29, Alaska-Anchorage 12, Bemidji State 7, RIT 7, Northeastern 4, Princeton 4, St. Cloud State 4, Ferris State 3.

INCH Power Rankings (4/11/11)
1. Minnesota-Duluth
2. North Dakota
3. Boston College
4. Michigan
5. Miami
6. Notre Dame
7. Denver
8. Yale
9. Merrimack
10. New Hampshire
11. Colorado College
12. Western Michigan
13. Union
14. Nebraska-Omaha
15. Air Force
16. Dartmouth
17. Boston University
18. Rensselaer
19. RIT
20. Wisconsin

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