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College Hockey Rankings: Minnesota Moves to 5th/6th, Ferris State Remains 1st

After having a new number one team each of the last three weeks, it's nice to have a team stay in the top spot.

Ferris State (22-8-4) remains the top team in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey polls for a second consecutive week. The Bulldogs swept Bowling Green and continued their hot 2012, raising their record to 11-0-3 and received the majority of first-place votes. Despite that, number two Boston College (21-10-1) is the top team in the Pairwise by the slimmest of margins.

Michigan (20-10-4) and Minnesota Duluth (20-7-5) are 3 and 4 in both polls. The Wolverines swept Northern Michigan last weekend to move up two spots while UMD fell a spot after tying last-place Minnesota State on Saturday.

Minnesota (21-11-1) is 5th in the USA Today rankings and 6th in the USCHO. The Gophers moved up on the heels of sweeping Bemidji State but the polls are closer to their Pairwise rank (8th). Minnesota's opponent this weekend, Nebraska-Omaha (14-12-6), is unranked in either poll but did receive six votes in the USCHO ranking after splitting two games with Colorado College.

They are intertwined with Boston University (18-11-1), who fell from second last week after going 1-2 and losing the Beanpot championship to Boston College. The Terriers have struggled recently, going 1-3 in their last 4 games and are facing more off-ice problems with defenseman Max Nicarsto being arrested Sunday.

Massachusetts-Lowell, Union, Denver and Maine round out the USCHO top ten.

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