OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a bye weekend, the Miami hockey team stayed put at No. 6 in both national rankings this week as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com Polls were released Monday. The RedHawks have now been ranked sixth two straight weeks.
Miami (12-4-4, 8-3-3-3 CCHA) earned 731 points in the USCHO.com Poll, one more than a week ago, while picking up 327 points in the USA Today Poll, 10 less than last week. Quinnipiac remained just ahead of the 'Hawks with 812 points in the USCHO Poll and 398 points in the USA Today Poll. The RedHawks are 24 points ahead of seventh-ranked North Dakota in the USCHO Poll and 21 points in front of them in the USA Today Poll.
Minnesota remained the top-ranked team in the land for the second straight week, collecting 38 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 21 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. CCHA rival Notre Dame moved up to No. 2 in the USCHO Poll with eight first-place votes while the Fighting Irish fell a spot to No. 3 in the USA Today Poll despite getting a pair of first-place votes. Defending champion Boston College is second in the USA Today Poll with five first-place votes while the Eagles dropped one spot to third in the USCHO Poll. New Hampshire, which earned a combined four first-place votes in the polls, stayed fourth while Quinnipiac was fifth, picking up the final two first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and last three in the USA Today Poll.
Behind No. 6 Miami and North Dakota, which held steady at No. 7 in the rankings, was Boston University in eighth in both polls, moving up a spot in each. Denver gained two places to No. 9 while CCHA foe Western Michigan capped the top 10 in both polls.
Minnesota State made the biggest jump in the polls, climbing three spots to No. 11 in each ranking. Dartmouth slid to 12th while Nebraska-Omaha moved up to No. 13 in both polls. Yale jumped three spots in the USCHO Poll and entered the USA Today Poll at No. 14. Cornell completed the USA Today Poll in 15th, which is where the Big Red also ranks in the USCHO Poll.
Union dropped three places to No. 16 in the USCHO Poll followed by No. 17 Niagara. St. Cloud State, which was swept by CCHA foe Northern Michigan over the weekend, fell to 18th. Colgate, which Miami swept to open the season at home, returned to the rankings at No. 19 while UMass-Lowell rounded out the poll at No. 20.
In the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA led all conferences with five teams while the ECAC placed four teams in the poll. The CCHA and Hockey East each had three teams represented with all six in the top 10. In the USCHO Poll, the ECAC and WCHA each placed six teams in the poll while Hockey East had four teams ranked. The CCHA only had three teams in the poll, but all in the top 10, while Niagara represented Atlantic 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 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.
No. 6 Miami returns to CCHA action this weekend at Northern Michigan, which received votes in the USCHO Poll after its sweep of SCSU. The RedHawks face the Wildcats Friday and Saturday at 7:35 p.m. both nights. Miami beat and tied NMU in Oxford earlier this year.