COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Miami University, which twice defeated then-No. 15 University of Notre Dame last weekend, is the top-ranked team in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll.
The RedHawks, who have held the top spot in every poll this season, accumulated 505 points and 29 of 34 first-place votes.
The University of Denver (478, five first-place votes) retains the No. 2 position this week after garnering a 1-0-1 record against then-No. 5 Colorado College. The University of North Dakota (426), which split its weekend series with then-No. 12 University of Minnesota Duluth, holds at No. 3, while Bemidji State University (398) stays at No. 4.
The Beavers garnered two victories against Niagara University last weekend to improve to 13-2-1 on the season. Cornell University (358) moves up two spots after a victory against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a tie to Union College to round out the top five.
Ferris State University makes its 2009-10 poll debut at No. 12 this week after twice defeating University of Nebraska Omaha.
Highlighting this upcoming weekend's games are four top-15 match-ups, including No. 2 Denver traveling to No. 14 Minnesota Duluth and No. 3 North Dakota hosting No. 11 University of Wisconsin Friday and Saturday.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association boasts five ranked programs. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association have three ranked trams, while Bemidji is the only ranked College Hockey America team ... A total of 25 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.