BOSTON -- After a wild first week of 2014 in which it earned five wins in eight days, Massachusetts-Boston (12-1-2) earned the highest ranking in school history, as it came in at No. 6 in the D3Hockey.com Top 15 Poll released on Monday afternoon.
The sixth-place ranking eclipses UMass-Boston's previous program record that it set in Jan. 1991, when the 1990-91 team (11-5-2) was ranked seventh in the nation.In addition to being ranked by D3Hockey.com, the Beacons moved up to No. 11 in the USCHO.com national poll, their highest ranking of the season and a ranking that ties the previous high-water mark for UMass-Boston in USCHO.com poll history.
UMass-Boston moved up a nine spots after a 3-0 week in which it defeated Salem State (4-2), No. 5 Norwich (4-2) and St. Michael's (6-4).
The victory against Salem State at Fenway Park on Tuesday marked UMass-Boston's first win against the Vikings since 1999. Friday UMass-Boston scored two goals in the third period to snap a three-game losing streak against Norwich and Saturday UMB overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit by scoring five consecutive goals to knock off the Purple Knights.
Head coach Peter Belisle's squad is riding a program-record best 13-game unbeaten streak and is just one victory shy of tying the program record for consecutive wins of 11 in a row.