Nov. 15, 2010


Courtesy of USA Hockey

- The University of Minnesota Duluth earns the No. 1 ranking for the first time this year in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. The Bulldogs collected 501 points and 27-of-34 first-place votes to claim the top spot after twice defeating Michigan Tech University last weekend.

Boston University claims the No. 2 spot with 475 points and six first-place votes, having tied Merrmiack College twice, while the University of Maine (410) advances two places to No. 3 following a pair of wins over Northeastern University. The University of Nebraska Omaha advances three places to No. 4 with 380 points and one first-place vote after posting a 1-0-1 record against St. Cloud State University, and Yale University (370) rounds out the top five following a victory over Colorado College.

This weekend features eight top-15 teams squaring off, including two Hockey East weekend series between No. 2 Boston University and No. 8 University of New Hampshire, and No. 3 University of Maine and No. 9 Boston College. Four Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams will also face off in weekend series, with No. 1 University of Minnesota Duluth traveling to No. 15 University of Wisconsin, and No. 4 University of Nebraska Omaha hosting No. 7 University of North Dakota.

NOTES: The WCHA leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association each boast four ranked programs and ECAC Hockey has two ... A total of 23 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Mens 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.