OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a split
at No. 6 Western Michigan, the Miami hockey team held steady at No. 3 in both
the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Poll and the USCHO.com Poll, which were released Monday. The RedHawks hold the
No. 3 spot for the third straight week in the USA Today Poll, matching Miami's best ranking of the season and
marking the fifth time this year the 'Hawks have been ranked that high.
(18-7-5, 13-5-4-4 CCHA) totaled 424 points in the USA Today Poll, just three less points than the 427 it had last
week, while in the USCHO Poll, the RedHawks accumulated 874 points, two fewer
than a week ago. Just ahead of Miami is Minnesota, which earned 470 points in
the USA Today Poll, 46 more than the
RedHawks, while in the USCHO Poll, the Golden Gophers had 75 more points than
Miami with 949. One spot behind Miami in the USA Today Poll is Boston College with 22 less points (402) while
the Eagles have 55 less points in the USCHO Poll (819).
new No. 1 team emerged this week as Quinnipiac is the top team in the land in
both polls for the first time all season. The Bobcats earned 28 of 34
first-place votes in the USA Today
Poll and 41 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll. Minnesota, who had been
No. 1 for six straight weeks, fell to No. 2 after splitting at St. Cloud State,
as the Golden Gophers picked up the remaining six first-place votes in the USA Today Poll and the remaining nine in
the USCHO Poll. Behind the third-ranked RedHawks is No. 4 Boston College
followed by New Hampshire at No. 5 in both polls.
Broncos, who Miami split with last weekend, held steady at No. 6, as did North
Dakota at No. 7. St. Cloud State is eighth in the polls, gaining two spots in
the USA Today Poll after its win over
Minnesota. Yale is No. 9 in the USA Today
Poll and 10th in the USCHO Poll while Minnesota State gained ground
in both rankings, moving up to ninth in the USCHO Poll and 10th in
the USA Today Poll after a road sweep
dropped to No. 11 in both polls after falling to Colorado College while CCHA
rival Notre Dame, which the RedHawks face this weekend, comes in at 12th
in the polls after sweeping Michigan. Boston University is No. 13 in the polls
while Niagara and UMass-Lowell occupy the final two spots in the top 15 but in
different order. Niagara is 14th in the USA Today Poll and 15th in the USCHO Poll while
UMass-Lowell moved up to No. 14 in the USCHO Poll and entered the USA Today rankings at No. 15, completing
dropped to No. 16 in the USCHO Poll after being swept by North Dakota while
Dartmouth remained at No. 17. Wisconsin, which Miami split with earlier this
year, is 18th, followed by Merrimack at No. 19. CCHA foe Alaska,
which the 'Hawks beat four times this year, rounds out the USCHO Poll in 20th
after being unranked last week.
the 15-team USA Today Poll, the WCHA
leads all conferences with five ranked teams while Hockey East placed four in
the poll. The CCHA has three teams ranked while the ECAC is represented by two
teams and Niagara is the lone team from Atlantic Hockey. In the 20-team USCHO
Poll, the WCHA also leads the way with seven ranked teams followed by Hockey East
with five squads in the poll. The CCHA placed four teams in the ranking while
the ECAC has three teams represented and Niagara again carries the flag for
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.
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 latest PairWise Ratings, which determine NCAA Tournament seeding, the
RedHawks are third, just behind Quinnipiac and Minnesota, as was the case last
week. Boston College and New Hampshire are right behind Miami in fourth and
fifth, respectively. Other CCHA teams in contention are WMU at No. 7 in the
PairWise, Notre Dame at 13th and Alaska in 14th.
The No. 3/3 RedHawks are back on the ice this
weekend, hosting No. 12/12 Notre Dame on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at Steve Cady
Arena. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The two
teams then head to Chicago for the OfficeMax® Hockey City Classic on Sunday
when the sides will play outdoors at Soldier Field with puck drop set for 1 p.m.
ET/noon CT. The outdoor game will air on Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Ohio
and several other Fox Sports affiliates.