The latest incarnation of the USCHO Men’s Division I came out today, and Boston College topped the list followed by Denver and Colorado College. BC went 2-0 last weekend, getting wins versus Massachusetts and Northeastern, while Denver beat Minnesota State 4-2 and 10-2 (run up the score much?). Colorado College was idle last weekend while CCHA schools in Michigan and Notre Dame complete the top five.
The combined record of seeds six through ten is 18-1-3, and Ferris State’s 6-0-0 tops the second group. FSU is followed closely by fellow CCHA member school Western Michigan and WCHA “fly in the ointment” Minnesota. The Gophers split a series with Vermont last weekend in a 6-0 win and a 5-4 loss. Let’s just say the Gophers could’ve and should’ve swept Vermont. Merrimack comes in at number nine with a perfect record of four wins while Yale is at number ten despite not playing a game as yet. I understand how the Eastern schools begin later than everybody else, but are Eastern schools getting respect they don’t deserve? C’mon, really? Yale, again, I’m talkin’ to you for the second week in a row.
The third group in the pack of twenty is eleven through fifteen, and Union leads the pack here despite three ties in five games. North Dakota, with three losses in six games earns 445 points in this week’s poll followed by Boston University, Northern Michigan, and national defending champion Minnesota-Duluth at number fifteen.
Sixteen through twenty round out the poll here, with Colgate and Miami sharing the sixteenth spot despite Colgate having one more win (3-4-1 compared to Miami’s 2-4-0). Lake Superior State sits a quiet eighteenth despite going 5-1-0 which is more than Cornell can say at nineteen. The Big Red haven’t played a big game (pun excused) but the Big Red finally open the season Saturday versus Mercyhurst. Rounding out this week’s poll is Quinnipiac at 6-2-0.
What I want you to take from this is a question: who have the teams that are ranked high played so far this year?
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