BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- An impressive start to its first season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) has lifted Ferris State five spots in the national rankings this week.

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The Bulldogs, who are in first place in the WCHA with a 7-2 overall record and perfect 4-0 league slate, climbed to 14th in this week's United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll released on Monday.

Additionally, Ferris State also cracked the national listing in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for the first time this year by being ranked 15th in the country.

Ferris State is one of two WCHA league members found in the USCHO national top 20 along with 15th-ranked Lake Superior State. Four other schools are listed just outside the top 20 among others receiving votes, including Minnesota State, Bowling Green, Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage.

The Bulldogs earned 320 total points to move up from 19th last week in the USCHO listing. Minnesota holds down the top spot in the poll with 984 points and 38 first-place votes with Michigan second (922) and St. Cloud State third (838).