OXFORD, Ohio - After suffering a loss and a tie over the weekend, the Miami hockey team fell two spots to No. 8 in the national polls this week as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com Poll were both released Monday. The RedHawks, who were No. 6 in both polls last week, have been ranked in the top 10 all 15 weeks this season, including the preseason poll.

Miami (12-5-5, 8-4-4-4 CCHA) totaled 623 points in the USCHO Poll, 108 less points than the 731 it earned last week, while the 'Hawks collected 263 points in the USA Today Poll, 64 less than the 327 they received a week ago. Denver jumped ahead of Miami to No. 7 as the Pioneers earned 667 points in the USCHO Poll, 44 more than the RedHawks, while picking up 22 points more in the USA Today Poll (285 points). One spot back of the 'Hawks in each poll is Boston University, which has just six fewer points in the USCHO Poll and five less points in the USA Today Poll.

For the third straight week, Minnesota is the top-ranked team in the land, receiving 47 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 31 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Boston College, the defending national champion that has been ranked No. 1 for much of the year, is second in both polls. Fellow Hockey East foe New Hampshire rose one spot to No. 3 in the polls after UNH and BC split over the weekend while the Wildcats earned one first-place vote in the USCHO Poll.

Quinnipiac, which is riding a NCAA-best 16-game unbeaten streak, is No. 4 in the USCHO Poll, picking up the final two first-place votes, while the Bobcats garnered the final three first-place votes in the USA Today Poll, where they moved up a spot to fifth. CCHA rival Notre Dame dropped three spots to fifth in the USCHO Poll while sliding down one spot to No. 4 in the USA Today Poll after splitting with Michigan State last weekend.

North Dakota moved up to No. 6 in both polls while its WCHA rival, Denver, jumped two spots to seventh. Behind No. 8 Miami is Boston University in ninth while CCHA foe Western Michigan remained at No. 10 in both polls after a win and tie against Lake Superior State.

Moving up a spot to No. 11 in the rankings was Dartmouth, followed by another ECAC school in Yale at No. 12, as the Bulldogs jumped two places in the polls. Nebraska Omaha held steady at No. 13 in both polls while Minnesota State dropped three spots to 14th in each poll after losing a pair of overtime games to Wisconsin, which Miami plays this week. Niagara rose to 15th in the USCHO Poll while UMass-Lowell returned to the USA Today Poll, completing the ranking at No. 15.

Cornell is ranked 16th in the 20-team USCHO Poll, followed by Union and UMass-Lowell at No. 17 and 18, respectively. St. Cloud State slid down one spot to 19th while Colgate, which the RedHawks swept to open the season, rounds out the USCHO Poll at No. 20.

In the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads all conferences with five teams represented while Hockey East placed four teams in the poll. The CCHA and ECAC each has three teams ranked. In the USCHO Poll, the WCHA and ECAC share the lead as each has six teams in the ranking followed by Hockey East with four. The CCHA has just three teams in the poll, but all three are inside the top 10, while Niagara represents 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. 8 Miami remains on the road but steps out of CCHA play this weekend for a two-game series at WCHA foe Wisconsin Jan. 18-19. The Badgers are riding a 10-game unbeaten streak and are the top team among "others receiving votes" in the USCHO Poll. Puck drop Friday is set for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will air on the Big Ten Network while Saturday's game is at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and will be on Fox Sports Wisconsin+.

--MURedHawks.com--