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College Hockey rankings 2012: Gophers hang on to No. 2

After a 1-0 win over Canisius, the Golden Gophers find themselves slotted in the No. 2 spot in the latest Division-I Men's Ice Hockey poll.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team held on to their No. 2 ranking in the latest NCAA Division-I Men's Ice Hockey poll.

The Golden Gophers (4-1) received three first-place votes and garnered 924 points, giving them a 62-point edge over an undefeated Denver squad who received six first-place votes in this week's poll. The top spot in the poll belongs to perennial power Boston College (4-1), who received 38 first-place votes and have a 57-point cushion over Minnesota.

Also appearing in this week's poll are No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth (2-3-1), who slid three spots from No. 14 in last week's poll, and St. Cloud State (4-2), who were not ranked las week.

The Golden Gophers are coming off a 1-0 win over Canisius and will play a home-and-home set against in-state rival Minnesota State on Nov. 2 and 3. The Mavericks are 3-3 on the 2012 season and are coming off a two-game sweep against Alabama-Huntsville.

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