In the latest USCHO Division I Men’s Poll released yesterday, there was plenty of movement between teams, including two teams entering the rankings after impressive weekends. Take a look, and then we’ll jump into some observations:
- Hey Wisconsin fans, your football program may have gotten run out of the building by Michigan Saturday night, but things are looking up for your hockey team. After beginning the season unranked, the Badgers enter this week ranked 15th in the polls following a home sweep over then-No. 12 Boston College, one of the biggest jumps of any team in the country.
- As I mentioned in my weekend round up, it was an opening weekend to forget if you support a school from Boston. The Eagles dropped six spots to No. 18, while Boston University fell from No. 8 to No. 13. I know I know, it’s only the first week and both teams will probably be in the top 10 sooner rather than later but for now, there’s work to be done. Also, if anyone can tell me when the last time was that both of these teams were ranked this low, please do.
- Penn State took care of then-No. 17 Clarkson in a Non-Conference sweep and was rewarded for it, jumping up six spots and into the top-10 where they joined fellow conference members Ohio State, Notre Dame and Minnesota.
- Union joins Wisconsin as the only other unranked team to climb into the top-20, narrowly squeaking in at No. 20.
- Following an impressive sweep over the Terriers, Minnesota State rose four positions and into the top-10.
- Clarkson and Michigan Tech were the lone victims to slide out of the rankings this week, with the Huskies falling twice to Minnesota-Duluth.
Just Missed It:
- UMass (71 votes)
- Maine (63)
- Clarkson (39)
- Northern Michigan (34)
- Bemidji State (31)
Ranked Teams By Conference:
Big Ten (6): Ohio State, Notre Dame, PSU, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin
NCHC (5): Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan
Hockey East (4): Providence, Northeastern, BU, BC
ECAC (3): Cornell, Princeton, Union
WCHA (2): Bowling Green, Minnesota State