April 10, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - With the 2011-12 season complete, the final national polls were released Monday and for the fifth straight year, the Miami Hockey team finished in the top 10, coming in at No. 8 in the final USCHO.com Poll and No. 10 in the last USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The RedHawks finished eighth in both polls last year.
Miami, who finished the year 24-15-2 after falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, totaled 545 points in the USCHO Poll as the ‘Hawks entered the tournament ranked No. 7 in both polls, while earning 201 points in the USA Today Poll. The RedHawks recorded their seventh straight 20-win season and were ranked in the final 10 USCHO polls and 15 of 24 polls on the year while landing in the USA Today Poll for the sixth straight week and 10th time on the year.
National champion Boston College was the unanimous No. 1 team in both polls, earning all 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll for 1000 points and all 34 first-place votes for 510 points in the USA Today Poll as the Eagles ended the year on a 19-game win streak. CCHA foe Ferris State, the national runner-up in its first title game appearance, was No. 2 in each poll with 939 points in the USCHO Poll and 476 points in the USA Today Poll. The other two Frozen Four participants, Union College and Minnesota, landed third and fourth, respectively, in the polls.
In the USCHO Poll, North Dakota finished No. 5 followed by 2011 national champion Minnesota-Duluth in sixth while in the USA Today Poll, Duluth claimed the No. 5 spot while North Dakota took sixth. CCHA rival Michigan finished No. 7 in both polls after getting upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Wolverines totaled 702 points in the USCHO Poll, 157 more than the RedHawks. Behind Miami in the USCHO Poll was UMass Lowell, who topped the ‘Hawks in overtime, 4-3, in the NCAA Tournament, as the River Hawks earned just eight less points than Miami to earn the No. 9 spot. Cornell, who upset Michigan, rounded out the USCHO top 10.
In the USA Today Poll, Denver finished No. 8 behind Michigan while UMass Lowell was No. 9 with 205 points, just four more than Miami. Boston University claimed the No. 11 spot in both polls and earned 158 points in the USA Today Poll, 43 back of the RedHawks. The Pioneers were No. 12 in the USCHO Poll followed by Maine in 13th while a pair of CCHA members in Western Michigan and Michigan State rounded out the top 15, respectively. In the USA Today Poll, Maine came in 12th, followed by Cornell at No. 13. The Broncos were also 14th in the USA Today Poll while Air Force completed the poll at No. 15.
In the 20-team USCHO Poll, Air Force ended at No. 16 as the final team in the NCAA Tournament while Merrimack claimed No. 17 and Harvard was 18th. Two more CCHA foes in Notre Dame and Northern Michigan rounded out the poll in 19th and 20th, respectively.
A total of seven CCHA teams finished ranked in the USCHO Poll, the most of any conference, while 10 of the 11 CCHA teams received at least one vote in the final poll. The CCHA tied for the most teams in the final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll with four (five received votes) while Miami was one of six teams to hold the No. 1 spot in the poll throughout the season. The RedHawks finished No. 9 in the final Inside College Hockey (INCH) Power Rankings behind CCHA foes Ferris State (No. 2) and Michigan (No. 7) and sandwiched between No. 8 Denver and No. 10 Western Michigan.
Miami will hold its Night of Celebration banquet April 21.