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College Hockey Rankings: Gophers 5th In Both Polls; UMD Remains #1

This time it's unanimous.

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For the fifth consecutive poll, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (14-3-3, 10-2-2 WCHA) continue their reign as the top college hockey team in the country. They were back in action this weekend after being idle a month and the Bulldogs rose to the challenge sweeping #10 Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. That extended their unbeaten streak to sixteen games and Minnesota Duluth was rewarded with all 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll and all 34 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

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Both rankings feature the same top five. Ohio State is second after tying Bowling Green twice. Notre Dame, on the heels of defeating Minnesota in the Hall of Fame game Saturday, jumps to third while Boston College stays in fourth.

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The Gophers (15-7-1, 11-3-0 WCHA) fall to fifth in the USCHO poll with their second consecutive loss.

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Boston University ends up being the biggest riser this week, going from 11th in the USA Today poll to 6th with a home win over Merrimack (a tie against the US Under-18 team was an exhibition). Denver, on the other hand, fell from 11th to 16th in the USCHO poll after handing Alabama-Huntsville their second win of the season Friday.

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Minnesota's opponent this week, North Dakota, goes from 19th to 17th in the USCHO rankings.

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Northern Michigan is the only new team in the top-twenty.

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