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BU Holds on to Nation’s #1 Ranking

Boston University made the trip to Orono this weekend to face the Black Bears of Maine and took three of four points to maintain the country’s top spot in the latest poll.  Notre Dame claimed a slightly larger share of support, stealing five more first place votes from the Terriers to cut the edge to 44-6. 

Michigan claims the third spot, ahead of Northeastern as those teams flip-flopped this week.  Miami is fifth, Vermont is at six, and Yale, Denver, North Dakota, and Princeton complete the top ten.  New Hampshire, holding at 12, and Boston College, down two to 17, make it five Hockey East programs in the top 20.

The three HEA schools that compete in the Beanpot had a long three-game week.  BU won the tournament, defeating Northeastern in the final, before heading to Maine for this weekend’s series.  Northeastern split with UMass as each team won the road game in the home and home series.  BC defeated Harvard in the Beanpot Consolation and then lost and tied in its series with UMass-Lowell.  Vermont and Merrimack split their pair while New Hampshire took three of four points from Providence.

This weekend will again see all teams paired up with another for the weekend.  BU and Northeastern meet again in the headline matchup, Vermont and UMass-Lowell tangle, UNH squares off with BC, UMass meets Maine, and Providence and Merrimack meet in a matchup of the bottom two. 

With only six games remaining for each team, things are just beginning to sort themselves out.  Northeastern still reigns with 31 points and BU is right on their heels with 30.  Vermont (27), UNH (24), UMass-Lowell (23), and BC (21) are giving chase while Maine and UMass, 17 apiece, hold on to the final two playoff spots.  Providence, at 12, and Merrimack, with eight, will need a lot of help to make the playoffs.  Northeastern, BU, and Vermont have all clinched playoff spots.

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