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Boston University and UMass opened the Hockey East slate in Amherst and with the Minutemen scoring the 3-2 victory, BU dropped one spot to #3 in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men’s Hockey Poll this week. Miami earned 46 of 50 first place votes to retain their number one ranking after taking three of four points at New Hampshire this weekend. North Dakota, with one first place vote, is up to second, from fourth in the poll with BU at third with two first place votes and Denver at fourth and Michigan fifth. Vermont, at seventh, is up four spots and tallied the final first place votes after defeating BC 4-1 at home. The Eagles are 14th in the poll, down two spots from last week. UMass-Lowell is the only other Hockey East team in the poll at #13, up one spot from last week.
In the rest of Hockey East action in the past week Providence split two games with #9 Notre Dame in South Bend and Maine split a pair at home with Michigan State. HEA also swept three games with Atlantic Hockey as Northeastern beat Bentley and Merrimack beat Holy Cross and Army. The Terriers have a great opportunity to move back up in the poll since they are hosting #9 Notre Dame and #5 Michigan this week. Notre Dame continues its play against Hockey East schools as BC visits the Irish, a game the teams traditionally play on the eve of their football game.
Vermont looks to build on their good start as they visit Merrimack, who will also try to keep Hockey East undefeated against Atlantic Hockey as they play host to Connecticut. Northeastern will open their conference season with a pair of road games at UNH and UMass-Lowell, who will also play host to Colgate this weekend. Maine makes an odd road trip of UMass and UNH this weekend and Providence stays out of conference with a pair against Bowling Green.