Providence moves into top five for first time since 2001 after 1-0-1 weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After posting a 1-0-1 record against then third-ranked Miami (Ohio) this past weekend, Providence moved up five places to No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
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The Friars are now 4-0-1 on the season. On Friday, Providence posted a 3-2 overtime win against the RedHawks as freshman forward Niko Rufo scored the game-winning goal 1:38 into overtime. Then on Saturday, the Friars and RedHawks played a back-and-forth affair that ended in a 4-4 tie. Sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies made 37 saves in the tie.
The last time the Friars reached the top five in the national rankings was when they were ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine preseason poll on Oct. 1, 2001. With Friday night's win against Miami, Providence defeated a top-10 team while also ranked in the top 10 for the first time since posting a 5-3 win against Boston College on Feb. 9, 2001.
The top two teams in the USCHO poll remained the same this week. Minnesota, which got all 50 first-place votes, stayed in first place and Notre Dame had a 46-point advantage on Providence for the second spot.