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Polls: Miami new No. 1; Minnesota-Duluth No. 20; Colorado College picks up votes

Published: October 14, 2013, 12:40 pm, by Joe Paisley

NCAA Men's Frozen Four - Notre Dame v Minnesota DuluthNational Collegiate Hockey Conference preseason favorite Miami moved up to No. 1 in both national polls on Monday.

UMass-Lowell, the preseason No. 1 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com rankings, lost to perennial AHA cellar-dweller Sacred Heart in its opener, dropping the RiverHawks (1-1) to No. 9 in both polls.

Other NCHC rankings (USCHO/USA Today) are: No. 6/7 North Dakota; No. 11 St. Cloud State, which fell two spots after going 1-0-1 at home against Bemidji State, and No. 12/12 Denver, which shut out Merrimack in two home games.

This weekend’s opponent for CC, Minnesota-Duluth, is ranked at No. 20 by USCHO after a home win and tie against Michigan Tech last weekend.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2013-14 Men’s College Hockey Poll – #2
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank

School

Last
Week’s
Ranking

2013-14
Record
(W-L-T)

Weeks in Top 10

1.

Miami University, 503 (28)

2

2-0-0

3

2.

University of Wisconsin, 459 (3)

3

2-0-0

3

3.

University of Minnesota, 424

5

2-0-0

3

4.

University of Notre Dame, 366

8

2-0-0

3

5.

University of Michigan, 313

10

2-0-0

3

T-6.

Boston College, 302

4

1-1-0

3

T-6.

Yale University, 302 (3)

6

0-0-0

3

8.

University of North Dakota, 284

7

1-0-1

3

9.

University of Massachusetts Lowell, 250

1

1-1-0

3

10.

Providence College, 217

14

2-0-0

3

11.

St. Cloud State University, 165

9

1-0-1

3

12.

University of Denver, 127

NR

2-0-0

1

13.

University of New Hampshire, 117

12

1-1-0

3

14.

Quinnipiac University, 85

13

1-1-0

3

15.

Union College, 58

15

1-0-1

3

Others receiving votes: Boston University, 48; Rensselaer, 23; Minnesota State, 10; Cornell, 9; Minnesota-Duluth, 8; Colorado College, 5; Brown, 3; St. Lawrence, 3.

USA Hockey poll notes: Each team from last year’s Frozen Four is ranked — Yale¬† (T-6), UMass Lowell (No. 9), St. Cloud State (No. 11) and Quinnipiac (No. 14) … Hockey East Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the National Collegiate Hockey Conference boasts four teams in the rankings and the Big Ten and ECAC Hockey each have three squads ranked. No WCHA teams are ranked.¬† … A total of 23 teams received votes.