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Patrick Donnelly | | January 30, 2023

Wild weekend of comebacks, sweeps and upsets leads to big shake-up in latest men's hockey poll

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After a wild weekend of upsets, sweeps and comebacks, this week's USCHO Division I men's hockey poll saw quite a shakeup in the top 10, especially among the top teams. Here's the full top-20 rankings, with a break down of what happened over the weekend below: 






1 Minnesota (38) 20-7-1 985 2
2 Quinnipiac (4) 20-3-3 922 3
3 Boston University (7) 19-6-0 903 4
4 Denver (1) 20-7-0 833 5
5 St. Cloud State 18-8-0 814 1
6 Michigan 16-9-1 773 7
7 Ohio State 16-9-1 773 8
8 Harvard 15-5-1 628 10
9 Penn State 18-9-1 614 6
10 Western Michigan 17-10-1 562 9
11 Cornell 13-7-1 448 11
12 Michigan Tech 18-7-4 427 13
13 Minnesota State 18-9-1 409 14
14 UConn 16-8-3 400 12
15 Merrimack 16-10-1 203 16
16 UMass Lowell 15-9-1 201 18
17 Michigan State 13-13-2 162 15
18 RIT 18-7-1 126 19
19 Omaha 14-10-2 115 NR
20 Notre Dame 13-12-3 96 NR

Former-No. 1 St. Cloud State plummeted to fifth after a sweep at the hands of sub-.500 Minnesota Duluth, leading Minnesota to take over the top spot this week after the Golden Gophers took care of Michigan State with a sweep of the Spartans. 

The Huskies struggled all throughout their series with the Bulldogs, never holding a lead and falling into 3-0 deficits in the first period each night. 

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Meanwhile, Minnesota made light work of MSU in Game 1's 8-0 win before responding to adversity in the rematch, coming back twice in the second period and taking over the game en route to a 6-3 final. The Gophers stars were dominant all weekend.

Behind Minnesota, Quinnipiac jumped up from No. 3 to 2 after sweeping the Connecticut Ice tournament, defeating Sacred Heart in the semifinals before coming back to knock off then-No. 12 UConn in the final to claim some more midseason hardware (they won the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast back in November).

For the Bobcats, it was a big bounce-back weekend after going winless last week and giving up the top spot, suffering their first losses since Oct. 22 when they fell to then-sixteenth Cornell in a 4-0 shutout on the road before blowing a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss at unranked Colgate. 

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Meanwhile, Boston University continued it's climb up the rankings after a wire-to-wire sweep of hated rival Boston College, moving up one spot into the top three. BU got timely production from up and down the lineup, and Drew Commesso was a rock in goal against the Eagles. 

The Terriers remain one of the hottest teams in all of Division one, putting up an 11-2-0 record since Dec. 1. They're 4-1-0 against opponents inside the USCHO top 20 in that span, taking care of weaker opponents as well. 

Denver checks in at fourth this week, improving from fifth. The Pioneers shut out Colorado College, 2-0, at Ball Arena. DU was all over the Tigers, putting 41 shots on Colorado's Kaidan Mbereko, and Magnus Chrona bounced back from a tough series at St. Cloud the previous week. 

Outside the top five, Michigan slid up one spot to sixth with a sweep of Penn State, which dropped the Nittany Lions to ninth. Luke Hughes was dominant for the Wolverines, putting up a goal and two assists on Friday before a four-goal outing the following day.

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Harvard hopped two spots to No. 8, taking care of the two programs that gave QU trouble a week ago with a 5-4 overtime win against Colgate and a dominant 6-2 showing against No. 11 Cornell. As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes are up to seventh after an idle weekend.

Rounding out the rear is No. 10 Western Michigan, the Broncos fell flat in a 2-0 shutout to split a series with Omaha after a big 6-1 win in Game 1, dropping from ninth. 

That all takes us into this coming weekend, which has a couple of critical matchups on tap. 

Quinnipiac and Harvard headline the weekend with a Friday matchup with big ramifications on the ECAC standings as the Crimson sit just two points back of the first-place Bobcats. 

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In the NCHC, St. Cloud looks to stop the bleeding against a Miami (Ohio) team hungry to end a seven-game skid. Denver has a rematch with Colorado College to deal with, and Western Michigan visits a UMD team that's won three in a row after the sweep of St. Cloud. 

Ohio State hosts Penn State in the marquee Big Ten matchup as they jockey for seeding in the conference, tied for second place behind Minnesota, who is off. 

Out east, there's also a one-game trip to Maine for BU as they prep for next Monday's Beanpot showdown with Northeastern. The Terriers swept the Black Bears earlier in January, but Maine has given some stronger teams fits with wins over Quinnipiac, UMass Lowell and most recently a sweep of Providence College.

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