COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After the opening weekend of play, five National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) teams are ranked in the USCHO.com Poll while four NCHC teams are listed in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, both of which were released Monday.
The NCHC’s five teams in the USCHO Poll tie for second-most of any league behind only Hockey East’s six teams. The other three NCHC teams all received multiple votes in the USCHO Poll. The four teams in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll are also second-most of any conference behind Hockey East’s five.
The NCHC now claims the No. 1 team in the country as Miami (2-0-0), coming off a sweep of Ohio State, is the top team in both national polls, moving up one spot from last week. The RedHawks collected 40 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Poll for 985 points while Miami earned 28 of 34 first-place votes for 503 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
North Dakota (1-0-1), which beat and tied Vermont last weekend, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the USCHO Poll (678 points), but dropped one spot to eighth in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll (284 points). Coming off a win and a tie against Bemidji State, St. Cloud State (1-0-1) slipped two spots in both polls, as the Huskies are now No. 11 in the rankings after being ninth last week. SCSU earned 516 points in the USCHO Poll and 165 points in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
Denver (2-0-0) moved up in the rankings considerably after sweeping Merrimack with a pair of shutouts. The Pioneers vaulted five spots to No. 12 in the USCHO Poll (431 points) and went from unranked to No. 12 in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll (127 points). The last NCHC team ranked is Minnesota Duluth (1-0-1), which entered the USCHO Poll at No. 20 after beating and tying Michigan Tech. The Bulldogs totaled 64 points in the poll.
Minnesota Duluth and Colorado College (0-0-0) are both receiving votes in the 15-team USA Hockey Magazine Poll, while CC, Western Michigan (0-2-0) and Nebraska Omaha (1-1-0) are all earning votes in the 20-team USCHO Poll. To see the complete USCHO Poll, click here. For the complete USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, click here.