Colorado College continues to receive votes while this week’s nonconference foe Clarkson (4-1-1) also picked up a couple, as did Air Force. The USCHO.com poll is much the same but has Clarkson well ahead of CC in votes.
Wisconsin, No. 2 last week, fell to No. 11 after being outscored 16-5 by Boston College and Boston University.
No. 1 Badgers goalie Joel Rumpel, a junior, will miss a couple weeks with an unspecified injury suffered in practice last week. He did not make the trip East.
Team (1st-place votes) Pts. Prev. Rec.
- Minnesota (25) 495 3 4-0-0
- Notre Dame (5) 439 4 4-0-0
- Miami (1) 421 1 3-1-0
- Michigan 402 5 3-0-1
- Boston College 370 T6 2-1-0
- Yale (3) 311 T6 0-0-0
- North Dakota 302 8 2-1-1
- Providence 280 10 3-0-0
- Quinnipiac 231 14 3-1-0
- St. Cloud State 171 11 1-0-1
- Wisconsin 166 2 2-2-0
- RPI 128 RV 3-1-0
- New Hampshire 99 13 1-2-1
- Boston University 85 RV 3-1-0
- Lake Superior State 65 NR 4-0-0
Others receiving votes: Denver, 27; Massachusetts-Lowell, 26; Minnesota State, 15; Northeastern, 14; Cornell, 10; Minnesota-Duluth, 6; Brown, 4; Colorado College, 4; Air Force, 3; Clarkson, 3; Alaska-Fairbanks, 2; Ferris State, 1.
Notes: Minnesota becomes the No. 1-ranked team after beginning the year at No. 5 … Yale, the defending NCAA Division I national champion, received three first-place votes and is ranked sixth … Three of the four participants from last year’s Frozen Four are ranked — Yale (No. 6), Quinnipiac (No. 9) and St. Cloud State (No. 10) … Hockey East leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Big Ten, ECAC and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference each have three squads ranked and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association one … A total of 27 teams received votes.
Here are three things Colorado College hockey focused on last weekend against Minnesota-Duluth, As you would expect from a series split, the foes split these aspects, in my opinion.
Continue to play with the speed and energy displayed during two exhibition games
Colorado College looked very fast in Friday’s 3-1 win and they won the majority of the puck battles. UMD matched that intensity in the third period on Friday and then wore down the Tigers on Saturday. Advantage: UMD
Win the special teams battle
Colorado College did a good job of this until the third period Saturday when UMD’s power-play goal ended a 22-for-22 penalty kill streak dating back to Game 3 at Denver last season. The Tigers power play managed only one score in 13 chances, although most on Saturday were abbreviated. Advantage: Draw
Contain a dangerous Minnesota-Duluth offense
The Tigers did so for five periods this weekend before fatigue, thanks to 11 penalties, including two 5-minute calls, and UMD’s superior overall play led to three third-period goals on Saturday. Advantage: CC
Also, the North Dakota beat writer gives his impressions of Oxford, Ohio, where Miami is located.
Air Force’s Jason Torf and Cole Gunner were honored by SB Nation.