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College Hockey Rankings: State of Hockey Has Top Two Teams

It is no surprise there are changes in the rankings with the top three teams in college hockey last week combining to go 1-5-0 this weekend. All of those teams moved down and in their place are two teams from Minnesota.

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Due in large part to a twelve-game unbeaten streak, Minnesota Duluth (11-3-2, 7-2-1 WCHA) is the new number one team in the country according to the USCHO poll. The defending national champions received 25 of 50 first-place votes after sweeping Michigan Tech.

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Minnesota (13-4-1, 10-2-0 WCHA) rose from fifth to second after sweeping Minnesota State this weekend and received 9 first-place votes. Although they swept UMD in Duluth earlier in the season, the Gophers’ recent 2-3-1 stretch appeared to be in the back of many voters’ minds.

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Boston College (11-5-0, 8-3-0 Hockey East), who split a home-and-home series with Boston University for the only top-three win last weekend, drops from second to third this week.

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Ohio State (12-3-1, 9-2-1 CCHA) jumps from seventh to fourth and the Buckeyes are becoming one of the surprise stories in college hockey this season.

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Last week’s number one team Merrimack (9-2-1, 6-2-1 Hockey East falls to fifth after being swept by Providence.

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In other polls, Inside College Hockey had the Gophers at #1 over Minnesota Duluth due to their head-to-head records while USA Today/USA Hockey agreed with the USCHO rankings.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.