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OXFORD, 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.

The 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.

Boston 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.

CCHA 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.

The 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.

The 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.

In 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.

No. 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).

--MURedHawks.com--


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