OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off its CCHA Quarterfinal series win, the Miami hockey team continued to be ranked No. 3 in both national polls as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com Poll were each released Monday. The RedHawks are third for the eighth straight week and 10th time this year in the USA Today Poll and for the seventh consecutive week and ninth week this season in the USCHO Poll.
Miami (24-10-5), which beat Michigan State in three games last weekend to advance to the CCHA Semifinals, totaled 439 points in the USA Today Poll, eight fewer than last week, while collecting 893 points in the USCHO Poll, 10 less than a week ago. Just in front of the 'Hawks in the USA Today Poll is Minnesota with 47 more points (486) while Quinnipiac is one spot in front in the USCHO Poll with 65 more points (958). Boston College is right behind Miami in each poll with 50 less points in the USA Today Poll (389) and 73 fewer points in the USCHO Poll (820).
For the first time in six weeks, Quinnipiac is not No. 1 in both polls as Minnesota replaced the Bobcats atop the USCHO Poll, despite only getting 22 of 50 first-place votes. The Golden Gophers totaled 967 points in the poll after sweeping its WCHA first-round series while Quinnipiac fell to No. 2 in the USCHO Poll, but still earned 27 first-place votes. However, the Bobcats had only 958 points in the poll after needing three games to win its playoff series with Cornell. Quinnipiac is still No. 1 in the USA Today Poll, collecting 23 of 34 first-place votes, though No. 2 Minnesota, which earned the other 11 first-place votes, is only eight points back in the poll.
Boston College moved up one spot to No. 4 in both polls, just behind third-ranked Miami. Another Hockey East school, UMass-Lowell, also rose one place to No. 5 in the polls, as both teams swept their Hockey East quarterfinal series with UML picking up the final first-place vote in the USCHO Poll. North Dakota fell two places to sixth in the polls after needing three games to dispatch of Michigan Tech. St. Cloud State moved up to No. 7 followed Minnesota State jumping to eighth in both polls. CCHA rival Notre Dame, which Miami split with earlier this year, climbed three spots in both polls to No. 9 after sweeping Bowling Green while New Hampshire fell to 10th in the USCHO Poll. Yale moved up three spots to No. 10 in the USA Today Poll.
New Hampshire dropped four spots to 11th in the USA Today Poll after losing its quarterfinal series to Providence while Yale is No. 11 in the USCHO Poll. Denver and CCHA foe Western Michigan, which Miami also split with earlier this season, both fell in the polls after losing their quarterfinal series', as the Pioneers are 12th in the USA Today Poll and 13th in the USCHO Poll while the Broncos are No. 12 in the USCHO Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Poll. Niagara and Wisconsin remained in spots 14 and 15 in the polls, but in reverse order with Niagara 14th in the USA Today Poll and No. 15 in the USCHO Poll while Wisconsin, which Miami split with on the road in January, holds the opposite ranking in each poll to complete the USA Today Poll.
The remainder of the USCHO Poll has Providence, which Miami beat and tied in the second week of the season, up to No. 16, followed by Boston University at No. 17. Union is No. 18 while Rensselaer slipped to No. 19. Michigan, which Miami split with to open CCHA play and faces again Saturday, returns to the poll at No. 20 after sweeping Western Michigan in the quarterfinals.
In the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads all conferences with six ranked teams while the CCHA and Hockey East each placed three teams in the poll. The ECAC is represented by two squads while Niagara is the lone Atlantic Hockey school in the poll. In the USCHO Poll, the WCHA again leads all leagues with six ranked teams while Hockey East has five ranked teams. The CCHA placed four teams in the poll, as did the ECAC, while Niagara again carries the flag for 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.
In the lastest PairWise Ratings, which determine NCAA Tournament seeding, the RedHawks remained in third behind Quinnipiac and Minnesota. Boston College and Yale are right behind Miami in fourth and fifth, respectively. Notre Dame is ninth while Western Michigan is 14th among other CCHA schools.
No. 3 and top-seeded Miami heads to Detroit this weekend for the CCHA Championship as the RedHawks will take on No. 20 and seventh-seeded Michigan in the semifinals Saturday at Joe Louis Arena at 4:35 p.m. The championship game is set for 2:05 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.