OXFORD, Ohio - For the third straight week, the Miami hockey team moved up in the national polls, gaining one spot to No. 3 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, each of which was released Monday.
The RedHawks (3-0-1), who were fourth in both polls last week, totaled 831 points in the USCHO Poll, including four first-place votes, up from 751 points last week, while receiving 405 points in the USA Today Poll, including three first-place votes, 62 more points than a week ago. The No. 3 ranking is Miami's best since being preseason No. 1 in the USA Today Poll to start last year and its highest ranking during the season since being No. 1 Nov. 1, 2010.
Boston College regained the top spot in both polls after falling to No. 3 last week, earning 18 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll and 27 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll. Minnesota, who was No. 1, dropped to second in the polls after splitting with Michigan Tech last weekend, however the Golden Gophers still received 11 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll and 12 in the USCHO Poll. Minnesota totaled 461 points in the USA Today Poll, 56 more than Miami, while picking up 908 points in the USCHO Poll, 77 more than the 'Hawks.
North Dakota sits right behind Miami at No. 4 in the polls as the Sioux fell from No. 2 after splitting a pair of games in Alaska. UND got one first-place vote in the USCHO Poll and trails Miami by just three points in the poll while it is 18 points back of the RedHawks in the USA Today Poll. Fellow WCHA member and future NCHC foe Denver rounds out the top five in both polls, moving up multiple places in each poll and receiving first-place votes in both.
CCHA foe Michigan, who the 'Hawks will face this weekend, is No. 6 in each poll, while the remainder of the top 10 is the same in both polls as well. Cornell and Union College are seventh and eighth, respectively, with each team picking up a first-place vote in the USCHO Poll while only Union earned a first-place vote in the USA Today Poll. A pair of CCHA rivals in Notre Dame and Western Michigan is No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in the rankings.
New Hampshire entered the USA Today rankings for the first time this year, coming in at No. 11 after beating Boston University last weekend. The Wildcats are 12th in the USCHO Poll, but did earn the final first-place vote, as UMass-Lowell claims the 11th spot while UML is No. 12 in the USA Today poll. Boston University and Minnesota-Duluth are 13th and 14th, respectively, in both polls, while CCHA foe Northern Michigan rounds out the USA Today Poll at No. 15. Northeastern is 15th in the USCHO Poll.
NMU comes in at No. 16 in the USCHO Poll, followed by Harvard and Ferris State. Colorado College and Quinnipiac complete the 20-team USCHO Poll in 19th and 20th, respectively.
The CCHA leads all conferences with five teams in the USA Today Poll while the WCHA and Hockey East have four each and the ECAC placed two in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the CCHA has six teams ranked, which is also tops among the leagues, as the WCHA and Hockey East each have five teams in the poll while the ECAC claims four.
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.
Miami faces its first ranked opponent of the season this weekend as the RedHawks begin their 32nd and final season of CCHA play taking on the sixth-ranked Wolverines Friday and Saturday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Puck drop is 7:35 p.m. both nights.