Colorado College’s 5-0 exhibition win over New Brunswick impressed enough USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine voters to garner a couple votes for the Tigers. Clarkson’s sweep of Niagara garnered the Golden Knights their first vote as well this season.
Judging from the voting, the Tiger have a chance at cracking next week’s USCHO Top 20 rankings.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men’s College Hockey Poll – #1
(First-place votes in parentheses)
(W-L-T)Weeks in Top 15
1 University of Massachusetts Lowell, 473 (13)10-0-02 2 Miami University, 463 (16)20-0-02 3 University of Wisconsin, 38830-0-02 4 Boston College, 37940-0-02 5 University of Minnesota, 37350-0-02 6 Yale University, 345 (5)80-0-02 7 University of North Dakota, 30960-0-02 8 University of Notre Dame, 28970-0-02 9 St. Cloud State University, 22790-0-02 10 University of Michigan, 170100-0-02 11 Minnesota State University, 139140-0-02 12 University of New Hampshire, 113130-0-02 13 Quinnipiac University, 111110-0-02 14 Providence College, 109150-0-02 15 Union College, 70120-0-02
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer, 48; Denver, 33; Western Michigan, 16; Cornell, 14; Colorado College, 5; Niagara, 4; Canisius, 1; Clarkson, 1.
Notes: Massachusetts Lowell is the top-ranked team for the second week in a row … No. 2-ranked Miami received the most first-place votes with 16 … Each team from last year’s Frozen Four is ranked — UMass Lowell (No. 1), Yale (No. 6), St. Cloud State (No. 9) and Quinnipiac (No. 13) … Hockey East leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Big Ten, ECAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference each have three squads ranked and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has one … A total of 23 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 19th 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 six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.