COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Miami University, which twice defeated Western Michigan University last weekend, retains the No. 1 ranking in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. The RedHawks, who improved to 18-4-6 on the season, collected 506 points and 30 of 34 first-place votes.
The University of Denver (480, four first-place votes) moves up one spot to No. 2 after garnering a 2-0-0 record against then-No. 4 University of North Dakota, while the University of Wisconsin (436), which went 1-1-0 against then-No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth, slides to No. 3. St. Cloud State University (381), which went 1-1-0 against then-No. 11 Colorado College, climbs one spot to No. 4, while Cornell University (358), which defeated St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, moves up three positions to No. 5.
Highlighting this upcoming weekend's games is one top-15 match-up, with No. 15 University of Massachusetts hosting No. 14 Boston College on Friday (Feb. 5).
SA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's College Hockey Poll - #17
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
1 Miami University, 506 (30)
2 University of Denver, 480 (4)
3 University of Wisconsin, 436
4 St. Cloud State University, 381
5 Cornell University, 358
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 289
7 Bemidji State University, 278
8 Yale University, 251
9 University of North Dakota, 241
10 Colorado College, 172
11 Ferris State University, 169
12 Michigan State University, 166
13 University of New Hampshire, 138
14 Boston College, 112
15 University of Massachusetts, 57
Others receiving votes: University of Maine, 16; Union College, 11; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 10; University of Michigan, 3; University of Vermont, 2; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1; Sacred Heart University, 1; St. Lawrence University, 1; University of Nebraska Omaha, 1.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association boasts six ranked programs, including three in the top five. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Hockey East Association each have three ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey has two ranked programs. Bemidji State University is the only ranked College Hockey America team ... A total of 24 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.