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Boston College and Boston University will split a pair of games on Commenwealth Avenue this weekend as each team is heating up. The Eagles have won two in a row, over Harvard and Dartmouth, and four of five while the Terriers also swept their weekend games against Holy Cross and St. Lawrence.
While the Eagles moved into the #2 spot, Notre Dame stepped in as the new #1 with a strong 40 first place votes. The Eagles earned one. Minnesota, the prior top team fell to third with two first place votes and Miami moved up two spots to #4, also taking two first place votes. Colorado College rounded out the top five and Northeastern fell two spots to number six.
Like last week, the first place votes were spread around; eight teams split them this week. BU, at number seven recieved one while Denver scored one, Princeton two, and Air Force one as they completed the top 10. Air Force’s undefeated streak reached 13 with a win over Colorado College, but that was their unlucky number as Denver handed them their first loss.
As for the rest of Hockey East, Vermont moved up one spot to 12 and UMass-Lowell made their debut in the polls this season at #17. New Hampshire fell in their only game of the weekend to Merrimack and fell to #19 in the poll. UMass, with losses to Vermont and St. Lawrence this weekend, now has lost four of five and has fallen out of the poll.
In addition to the BC-BU clash this weekend, UMass-Lowell and UNH play a home and home as well. The surprising Maine team will play at Northeastern and Merrimack and I-91 rivals UMass and UConn clash. Northeastern is still the early leader in conference play at 15 points with Vermont two points behind. Close behind are BC with 11 and UMass-Lowell is at 10. UMass and Maine have nine with BU and UNH trailing by one. Merrimack has six points at the back of the bunched up group. Providence has only one point in nine conference games and is last in the Hockey East.