Ohio - Despite not playing last weekend, the Miami hockey team gained ground in
the national polls, moving back up to No. 4 in the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, both
of which were released Monday. The RedHawks were No. 5 last week in the polls and
have now been in the top five for seven straight weeks. Miami has been ranked
No. 4 three other times this year, as well.
RedHawks (7-2-3, 4-2-2-2 CCHA) totaled 794 points in the USCHO Poll, 13 more
than last week, while Miami earned 379 points in the USA Today Poll, just three more than a week ago. For the third
straight week, Minnesota is just ahead of the 'Hawks in the polls at No. 3 with
880 points in the USCHO Poll and 427 points in the USA Today Poll. Behind Miami is Denver at No. 5 with 361 points (18
fewer) in the USA Today Poll and 786
points (eight fewer) in the USCHO Poll.
College remained the No. 1 team in the country for the sixth straight week in
both rankings, accumulating 49 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll and 33
of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today
Poll. New Hampshire moved up a spot in each poll to No. 2 as the Wildcats
earned the remaining first-place vote in both polls. Behind the Golden Gophers
and RedHawks are the fifth-ranked Pioneers, who fell three spots after losing
both games last weekend, including one to New Hampshire.
rival Notre Dame is sixth in both polls after splitting with North Dakota,
which is now No. 7 in the USCHO Poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Poll. Union holds the opposite spots, moving up to No. 7
in the USA Today Poll while remaining
in eighth in the USCHO Poll. Boston University climbed one spot to ninth in the
polls while CCHA foe Western Michigan rounded out the top 10 in both rankings.
next five spots in the polls are the same teams but in a different order. ECAC
members Dartmouth and Cornell are 11th and 12th,
respectively, in both polls, but No. 13 is Nebraska-Omaha in the USCHO Poll and
another ECAC foe in Yale in the USA Today
Poll. Completing the USA Today Poll
is Nebraska-Omaha at No. 14 and St. Cloud State at No. 15. In the USCHO Poll,
St. Cloud State is No. 14 while Yale enters the poll in 15th.
remainder of the USCHO Poll consists of Quinnipiac at No. 16 and CCHA foe
Ferris State, who Miami split with earlier this year, in 17th.
Colorado College slid four spots down to No. 18 while Harvard fell two places
to No. 19 and Niagara held steady in rounding out the poll at No. 20.
the USA Today Poll, the WCHA leads
all conferences with five ranked teams while the ECAC has four teams ranked.
The CCHA and Hockey East each have three teams ranked in the poll with Miami
the highest of the CCHA teams. In the USCHO Poll, the ECAC and WCHA each have
six teams ranked while the CCHA has four squads in the poll, Hockey East placed
three in the ranking and Niagara represents Atlantic 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.
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.
4 Miami, which sits in first place in the CCHA, returns to the ice this weekend
with a two-game CCHA series at Alaska, which is receiving votes in the USCHO Poll, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Puck drop both nights
is set for 11:05 p.m. ET (7:05 p.m. local).