Top seven teams remain same in poll
Yale stays atop poll for sixth consecutive week, Merrimack enters
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Yale University retains the No. 1 ranking in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll after defeating Dartmouth College and Harvard University last weekend. The Bulldogs, who boast a 14-1-0 record, collected 509 points and 33 first-place votes to claim the top spot for the fifth week in a row.
The University of North Dakota sits at No. 2 with 469 points and one first-place vote after twice defeating Robert Morris University, while Boston College (434) claims the No. 3 spot following wins against Providence College. The University of New Hampshire (406) is No. 4 after victories against the University of Massachusetts and University of Massachusetts Lowell, while the University of Minnesota Duluth (380) rounds out the top five after twice defeating Clarkson University in a weekend series.
Merrimack College makes its 2010-11 poll debut at No. 15 following a win against then-No. 11 University of Maine.
This weekend's top-15 match-ups feature No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth hosting No. 11 University of Wisconsin in a weekend series, and No. 3 Boston College visiting No. 14 University of Maine.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East boasts four ranked programs, and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and ECAC Hockey each have three. ... A total of 20 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.