MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- After dropping a pair of Atlantic Hockey opponents this past weekend to remain undefeated in conference play, Niagara earned a spot at No. 20 in the USCHO.com Poll.

The previously unranked Purple Eagles (8-2-3; 7-0-0 AHA) enter the poll with 112 votes after becoming the fifth team in the nation to register eight wins, joining Boston College, Denver, Notre Dame and New Hampshire.

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This is the first time the Purps have been ranked since ­­March 24, 2008 when the team was slated at No. 19. The Purple Eagles were ranked in the top 20 for 10 weeks during that season, with their highest ranking coming in at No. 17.

Niagara wrapped up the 2007-08 campaign slated in the 19th position with a 22-10-4 record while earning a trip to the 2008 NCAA tournament for the third time in the program’s history.  

Niagara is currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak, which is tied for the longest in the nation with Boston College (9-0-0) who remained the nation’s top-ranked team in the USCHO.com Poll.

In seven AHA contests, NU has outscored its opponents by a 24-3 margin, which is the lowest allowed in conference play in the nation. The Purple Eagles are ranked third in the nation in combined special teams (58.1) and their power play is currently No. 8 in the nation (89.4).