DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire ascended to the No. 1 spot in USCHO.com Top 20 Poll. The Wildcats garnered 31 of 50 first-place votes and 977 points, just 12 points ahead of Boston College, which fell to No. 2.

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The Wildcats earned the top spot in the poll for the first time since Jan. 29, 2007. The last time UNH held the No. 1 spot lasted only a week as it split the following weekend with Maine. The Wildcats were unranked at the beginning of the season, but debuted in week three and continued to climb, reaching the top spot this week.

With wins against UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire continued its record-setting season, improving to 11-1-2 overall with an 8-1-1 mark in Hockey East. This Wildcats own the nation's top winning percentage (.857) and have the fewest losses by any UNH team through 14 games.

The .857 win percentage matches the best start by any UNH team as the 1968-69 team was 12-2-0 through 14 games and went on to a 14-2-0 start. The team's 8-1-1 mark is the best since the team opened 2006-07 13-1-1 in Hockey East play.  New Hampshire is 7-0-1 in the last eight games with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak behind Niagara's 11-game mark.