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Denver Earns Unanimous First-Place Votes in Third Week at No. 1

By Paige Shacklett, 10/28/19, 4:00PM EDT


Four NCHC Teams Ranked in Poll, Three Ranked in USA Hockey Magazine Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the fourth week in a row (every week so far this season), a National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) team holds the top spot in both national polls, as Denver earns its second unanimous No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll this week. DU also earned the No. 1 rank for the third consecutive week in the Poll. Four NCHC teams are ranked in the Poll, while three are listed in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll, released on Monday.

No. 1 DU (6-0-0) received 46 of 50 of the first-place votes and earned 996 points in the Poll. USA Hockey Magazine voters assigned all 34 possible first-place votes and 510 points to the Pioneers, who enjoyed a bye last weekend. Two weeks ago, DU hosted its first home series and swept then-No. 6 Boston College to extend its win streak to start the season. The Pioneers will face their third unranked opponent of the season at home against Niagara this weekend, Nov. 1-2.

UMD (3-3-0) moved up two spots from No. 8 to No. 6 with 670 points in the Poll. The Bulldogs also moved up two places in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll to No. 6 with 328 points. UMD bounced back from two losses at Wisconsin two weeks ago to sweep in-state rival, then-No. 20 Minnesota in a home-and-home series last weekend. The Bulldogs will open a new month of play with a bye weekend before competition against NCHC opponents begins with Denver on Nov. 8-9.

UND (4-1-1) improved its rank two spots to No. 14 with 359 points in the Poll. The Fighting Hawks broke into the USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the first time this season at No. 14 with 76 points. UND hosted its second series of the season in front of a home crowd and swept Bemidji State. Up next, the Fighting Hawks host Michigan Tech for the 2019 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2.

SCSU (1-1-2) fell two spots in the Poll to No. 16 with 285 points. After a series split with then-No. 11 Northeastern last weekend, the Huskies dropped out of the USA Hockey Magazine Poll, although they are still receiving 47 points in the poll and would be No. 16 if the 15-team poll continued. SCSU completes its back-to-back home series this weekend as it hosts Princeton.

After owning a spot in each Poll thus far, WMU (2-3-1) dropped out of the poll for the first time in Week. 4 The Broncos still earned 79 points in the Poll and would be No. 21 if the rankings continued. Last weekend, WMU played a home-and-home series against in-state rival Michigan with each team winning on home ice. WMU opens conference competition this weekend at Colorado College.

With a strong rookie class, Omaha (3-1-0) is working its way into the rankings and would be No. 22 with 35 points in the Poll if the rankings continued. Omaha received votes in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll as well, and would be No. 23 with 2 points if the rankings continued. The Mavericks earned a hard-fought away win over then-No. 12 Ohio State to split the series two weeks ago. After a bye last weekend, Omaha returns to play this weekend at Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Colorado College (2-2-0) received one point/vote in the Poll to tie for No. 29 if the rankings continued. The Tigers split their first two series of the season against Minnesota and Michigan State, with both of their wins coming in game one of each series. CC drops the puck against its first NCHC foe this weekend at home against WMU.

Eight NCHC games will air on this weekend, Nov. 1-2, including the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game between UND and Michigan Tech on Saturday.