OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a weekend split at WCHA foe Wisconsin that included the RedHawks' first ever win over the Badgers, which snapped UW's 11-game unbeaten streak and seven-game winning streak, the Miami hockey team rose two spots to No. 6 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com Poll, each of which was released Monday. The 'Hawks continue to be ranked in the top 10 all season after moving up from No. 8 last week, while Miami has been No. 6 two other times this year, most recently Jan. 7.
The RedHawks (13-6-5, 8-4-4-4 CCHA) earned 700 points in the USCHO Poll, 77 more than the 623 they picked up last week, while Miami totaled 326 points in the USA Today Poll, 63 more than the 263 points it had a week ago. North Dakota is just ahead of Miami in fifth, receiving 46 more points in the USCHO Poll (746) and a mere three more points in the USA Today Poll (329). CCHA rival Notre Dame is just behind the 'Hawks in the USCHO Poll with 60 fewer points (640) while Yale is one spot back of Miami in the USA Today Poll with 293 points, 33 less than the RedHawks.
For the fourth straight week, Minnesota is No. 1 in the country in both polls, receiving 48 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 31 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Quinnipiac vaulted to No. 2 in the polls, collecting the final two first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and the remaining three first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. Hockey East foes Boston College and New Hampshire each slipped one spot to third and fourth, respectively, after both squads suffered a loss. North Dakota moved up one place to come in at No. 5 in both rankings.
Behind sixth-ranked Miami in the USCHO Poll is Notre Dame, which was swept by Alaska over the weekend, while Yale climbed five spots to No. 7 in the USA Today Poll. The Fighting Irish are eighth in the USA Today Poll while Yale is eighth in the USCHO Poll. After a split with Bowling Green, CCHA foe Western Michigan moved up one spot to No. 9 in both polls. Denver fell to 10th in the USCHO Poll while Boston University completed the top 10 in the USA Today Poll, sliding one spot.
BU is No. 11 in the USCHO Poll after a pair of losses last weekend while Denver is 11th in the USA Today Poll after being swept by St. Cloud State. Dartmouth is No. 12 in the USCHO Poll, followed by Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota State in 13th and 14th, respectively. In the USA Today Poll, UMass Lowell shot up three spots to No. 12 after beating BU while Dartmouth is 13th and Nebraska-Omaha is 14th. UMass Lowell jumped three places to No. 15 in the USCHO Poll while St. Cloud State completed the USA Today Poll in 15th after its sweep of Denver.
St. Cloud State is No. 16 in the USCHO Poll, gaining three spots, while Niagara and Cornell are 17th and 18th in the poll, respectively. Union fell two spots to No. 19 in the USCHO Poll with the Badgers, who Miami just split with in Madison, entering and completing the poll at No. 20.
In the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads all conferences with five ranked teams while Hockey East has four teams in the poll. The CCHA and ECAC each placed three teams in the rankings with Miami the highest of the three CCHA squads. In the 20-team USCHO Poll, the WCHA is also tops with seven teams ranked while the ECAC has five teams in the poll. Hockey East put four teams in the USCHO Poll while the CCHA has three teams ranked, with Miami again tops of the group. Niagara is the lone representative of 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.
After playing eight consecutive games away from home, No. 6 Miami returns to Steve Cady Arena to host CCHA foe Bowling Green Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26. Puck drop Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. while Saturday's contest begins at 7:05 p.m. Both games will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel in Ohio. Tickets for the games can be purchased here.