Monday reading: CC bye, AHA, NCHC, polls

Published: January 27, 2014, 10:44 am, by Joe Paisley

UMD locker roomWith a bye week, Colorado College will have a light practice schedule with three sessions while the coaches spend most of the week hitting the phones/road/email inboxes to wage the never-ending recruiting battle. 

Some of the eight injured Tigers should be able to return to action by next weekend’s road series at Minnesota-Duluth, which got some polls respect after placing second at the North Star College Cup this past weekend, falling to No. 1 Minnesota in a shootout. The Bulldogs are playing solid hockey and promise to be a serious road test for the Tigers.

USCHO looks back the weekend in the AHA and NCHC.

Here is this week’s USCHO poll:

1 Minnesota (44) 18- 2-4 994 1
2 Boston College ( 6) 18- 4-3 955 2
3 Quinnipiac   18- 4-5 877 4
4 Union   16- 5-3 847 3
5 St. Cloud State   13- 5-4 767 5
6 Ferris State   18- 6-3 737 6
7 Providence   15- 6-5 706 7
8 Massachusetts-Lowell   16- 7-2 660 8
9 Wisconsin   14- 7-1 536 9
10 Northeastern   15- 8-3 505 11
11 Cornell   10- 4-5 495 12
12 Michigan   12- 6-2 459 14
13 Yale   10- 5-4 426 10
14 Notre Dame   15- 9-1 361 15
15 Clarkson   15- 9-2 275 13
16 Denver   13- 8-5 224 16
17 North Dakota   13- 8-3 178 18
18 Colgate   13- 9-3 147 NR
19 Vermont   13- 9-3 138 17
20 Western Michigan   12- 8-4 104 19
Others receiving votes: Maine 43, Minnesota-Duluth 38, Bentley 7, New Hampshire 7, Bowling Green 6, Air Force 3, Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State 1, Nebraska-Omaha 1, Ohio State 1.

 USA Hockey poll:

Rank, team (1st-place votes) Prev.

1. Minnesota, 508 (32) 1
2. Boston College, 475 (2) 2
3. Quinnipiac, 433 4
4. Union, 390 3
5. St. Cloud State, 364 5
6. Ferris State, 346 6
7. Providence, 303 7
8. UMass Lowell, 296 8
9. Wisconsin, 216 9
10. Northeastern, 190 11
11. Cornell, 171 12
12. Michigan, 135 14
13. Yale, 125 10
14. Notre Dame, 75 15
15. Clarkson, 26 13

Others receiving votes: Colgate, 17; Denver, 13; North Dakota, 12; Minnesota Duluth, 9; Bentley, 1; Vermont, 1; Western Michigan, 1.