OXFORD, Ohio - A dominating weekend sweep of Colgate boosted the Miami University hockey team up the national polls as the RedHawks moved up four spots to No. 4 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, both of which were released Monday.
Miami made the biggest jump of anyone in the USA Today Poll, rising from No. 8 last week while earning 343 points, 109 more than last week. In the USCHO Poll, the four-spot jump was the second-biggest as Notre Dame went from No. 14 to No. 9. The RedHawks earned 751 points in the USCHO Poll, 163 more than the previous week. Miami is now the highest ranked team in the CCHA in both polls.
Minnesota is No. 1 in both polls after a convincing sweep of Michigan State, claiming the top spot in the USCHO Poll for the first time this year, earning 46 of 50 first-place votes and 991 points, up from No. 2 last week. The Golden Gophers remained No. 1 in the USA Today Poll, earning 30 of 33 first-place votes and 507 points total. North Dakota rose two spots to No. 2 in both polls, receiving one first-place vote in each poll, while Boston College fell to No. 3 in the polls after dropping its season opener to Northeastern. The Eagles were No. 1 in the USCHO Poll last week but still garnered a pair of first-place votes and 137 more points than Miami, while earning 78 more points than the RedHawks in the USA Today Poll, also earning one first-place vote in that poll.
Right behind Miami in the USCHO Poll is No. 5 Michigan, who split with RIT over the weekend and fell two spots, while dropping three spots to No. 6 in the USA Today Poll. The Wolverines earned 726 points in the USCHO Poll, 25 less than Miami, while Cornell sits behind the 'Hawks in the USA Today Poll at No. 5 with 328 points, 15 fewer than Miami. Cornell is No. 6 in the USCHO Poll. Union and Denver hold the No. 7 and 8 spots in the polls, but in opposite order with Union ranking seventh and earning the final first-place vote in the USA Today Poll while the Pioneers sit seventh in the USCHO Poll. Union did earn a first-place vote in the USCHO Poll as well, despite being ranked No. 8.
The Fighting Irish moved five spots after winning the Ice Breaker Tournament up to No. 9 in the USCHO Poll while UMass-Lowell, who was sixth in both polls last week, is tenth. UML and Notre Dame are flipped in the USA Today Poll with the River Hawks No. 9 and the Irish No. 10. Boston University, Western Michigan and Minnesota-Duluth claim spots 11 through 13, respectively, in both polls, with the Broncos falling several spots after a split with St. Lawrence over the weekend. A pair of CCHA schools round out the USA Today Poll with Ferris State falling three spots to No. 14 and Northern Michigan entering the rankings for the first time this year at No. 15 after sweeping Wisconsin.
In the USCHO Poll, Northeastern entered the rankings after beating Boston College at No. 14 followed by No. 15 New Hampshire, also a newcomer to the poll this week. Ferris State fell five spots to No. 16 while Harvard and Northern Michigan are tied for 17th, with NMU making its first appearance in the USCHO Poll. Colorado College and Quinnipiac complete the poll in 19th and 20th, respectively.
The CCHA leads all conferences with six ranked teams in the USA Today Poll while the WCHA has four teams ranked, Hockey East has three and the ECAC placed two teams in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the CCHA again led all leagues with six teams while the WCHA and Hockey East each boasted five teams and the ECAC was represented by four teams.
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.
The No. 4 RedHawks continue their season-opening four-game homestand hosting Hockey East foe Providence, which is receiving votes in the USCHO Poll, Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena. Puck drop Friday is at 7:35 p.m. with Saturday's start set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.