OXFORD, Ohio - For the fifth straight week, the Miami hockey team is ranked in the top five as the RedHawks rose to No. 4 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, which were released Monday. Miami gained one spot from last week's No. 5 ranking while the 'Hawks were ranked No. 4 just two weeks ago as well.
Miami (6-2-2, 3-2-1-1 CCHA) totaled 817 points in the USCHO Poll, up from the 765 points it earned last week, while the RedHawks gained 402 points in the USA Today Poll, compared to 361 last week. Minnesota is just ahead of Miami in both polls, with 890 points in the USCHO Poll and 441 points in the USA Today Poll. North Dakota is 85 points behind the 'Hawks in the USA Today Poll with 317 points while New Hampshire if fifth in the USCHO Poll with 734 points, 83 fewer than Miami.
For the fourth straight week, Boston College is the top team in both polls, receiving all 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and all 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Denver jumped ahead of Minnesota to No. 2 in both polls while the Golden Gophers are third. North Dakota is No. 5 behind Miami in the USA Today Poll while New Hampshire claims the fifth spot in the USCHO Poll.
UND and UNH are then flipped with the Wildcats sixth in the USA Today Poll and North Dakota sixth in the USCHO Poll. CCHA rival Notre Dame and Union are No. 7 and No. 8 in the polls, but in opposite order in the polls, while fellow CCHA foe Western Michigan and Cornell, which slipped six spots, complete both top tens.
Spots 10-15 are identical in both polls as well, starting with Boston University at No. 11 while Dartmouth enters the polls for the first time at No. 12. Michigan, who Miami split with earlier this year, is 13th, while Colorado College and St. Cloud State round out the top 15.
In the 20-team USCHO Poll, St. Lawrence is No. 16, followed by Harvard in 17th as the Crimson slid back three spots. Nebraska-Omaha enters the poll at No. 18 while Miami's last two opponents, Northern Michigan and Ferris State, cap the poll in 19th and 20th, respectively.
The WCHA leads all conferences with five teams in the USA Today Poll while the CCHA has four teams ranked and Hockey East and the ECAC both placed three teams in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the CCHA and WCHA were represented by six squads each while the ECAC put five teams in the poll and Hockey East had three teams ranked.
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.
No. 4 Miami hosts CCHA foe Michigan State, which his receiving votes in the USCHO Poll, this weekend in a two-game series Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena. Puck drop Friday is at 7:35 p.m. while Saturday's contest is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.