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WCHA Rivals Colorado College and Denver were the beneficiaries of Boston College’s loss, moving up two spots apiece to #1 and #2 respectively. Colorado College garnered the lion’s (or Tiger’s in their case) share of the first place votes with 39 of the 50, while Denver grabbed five. The Eagles, who also beat Bowling Green, dropped to #3 in the poll, while still holding onto three top of the ballot billings.
Undefeated New Hampshire, fresh off a win over Boston University, checks in at fourth with two first place votes, a two-spot improvement from last week…which means Michigan fell to #5, from two, after they took their first loss this weekend and have the final first place tally.
Other Hockey East constituents in the poll are BU, which dropped one spot to #6 with the UNH loss. Vermont is #11, up six spots after taking three of four points from #10 Miami this weekend. Northeastern, who shut out Providence in addition to beating the Eagles, is the only newcomer to the poll this week, rocketing up to #14. Harvard, who still has not played a regular season game, holds down the final spot in the poll at #20, down two spots. UMass-Lowell split a two game series in East Lansing with #12 Michigan State this past weekend and is the top HEA squad outside the rankings.
This week features a lot of intraconference matchups, but is highlighted by a non-league contest between Michigan and BU at the Agganis Arena. The Huskies, HEA’s early leader makes its pilgrimage to Orono to face off with Maine for a pair of games. Vermont also visits BC and UMass travels to UNH.