After a weekend that included three matchups between ranked opponents and the No. 1 team in the country getting knocked off, there was bound to be some movement in the newest USCHO top 20 rankings.
And there was plenty of it.
- The obvious thing that jumps out immediately is Notre Dame, who overtook the top spot in the polls thanks to an emphatic two-game sweep over Omaha in which it outscored the Mavericks 12-3. Ohio State, formerly the top ranked team, slipped three spots to No. 4 after a home split against UMass, while St. Cloud State hopped the Buckeyes and Minnesota Duluth and into No. 2.
- Speaking of UMass, the Minutemen ended an eight-year drought of being an unranked team, entering this week at the No. 16 spot. This is unfamiliar territory for a very young UMass team, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure of having a target on their back that comes with being a ranked program. From what I’ve read in the past between quotes from the players and head coach Greg Carvel, the Minutemen should be ready to take on any challenge that comes their way as they will now look to maintain their spot in the top 20.
- This week’s biggest jump in the polls belongs to Union, which shot up nine spots to 11th following two impressive road victories against then-No. 12 Northeastern. The biggest fall, however, belonged to Boston University, who fell out of the top 20 on the heels of getting shutout by Merrimack this past Saturday. With the youngest team in college hockey and a first-year head coach in Albie O’Connell, growing pains were to be expected. It’s only October, so don’t count out the Terriers yet.
- Boston College joined BU outside of the top 20 as a consequence of its 1-0 loss to Quinnipiac, which used the victory to springboard into the rankings and find themselves at No. 20. I’m no history buff, but I think it’s safe to assume it has been a LONG time since both the Terriers and Eagles entered a weekend without a number next to their names.
- Bowling Green moved up two spots to No. 15 without playing a game over the weekend, but face No. 19 Western Michigan tonight in a non conference showdown. The Broncos remained at 19th after splitting a home-and-home series with Michigan, who dropped one spot to No. 11.
Just Missed It:
- Boston University (75 votes)
- Colorado College (75)
- Clarkson (65)
- Bemidji State (20)
- Boston College (18)
Ranked Teams By Conference:
Big Ten (6): Notre Dame, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin
ECAC (4): Cornell, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Union
Hockey East (3): Providence, UMass, Northeastern
NCHC (5): Denver, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan
WCHA (2): Bowling Green, Minnesota State