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Boston University took on two powers this week, first they battled eighth ranked Notre Dame, but lost, however they rebounded by beating #5 Michigan. The split leaves BU under .500 at this early juncture, but despite their 1-2 record, they only dropped one spot to fourth in the latest USCHO.com / CBS College Sports Division I Men’s Hockey Poll. The Terriers have dropped one spot in each of the last three polls. Miami took its first loss, but remains atop the poll with 26 first place votes. Denver, with 20 first place votes, is second and up two spots from last week, while North Dakota drops one rung to third and hangs onto a single first place vote. Yale has the one remaining first place vote and sits in seventh.
UMass-Lowell is up four spots to ninth and Vermont dropped three spots, but still hangs in the top ten at #10, the third HEA school in the top half of the poll. Boston College moves up one spot to 12 and UMass checks into the poll for the first time this season at 17, making it five teams in the poll. The River Hawks made their move to ninth by sweeping Colgate and Northeastern, while Vermont likewise slid because of a costly conference loss to Merrimack, who is off to a winning start in league play. BC did what BU could not as the Eagles beat the Irish in South Bend on the eve of that other Holy War the schools play. UMass beat Maine to improve to 2-0 in the conference and 3-0 overall. UNH, on the outside of the poll, made a case to get back in with a sweep over Northeastern and Maine and Providence, the only team yet to play in conference yet, swept Bowling Green. Merrimack also beat UConn in a non-conference game to run their win streak to four in a row after an 0-2 start.
Halloween week will be a relatively quiet week, but a number of teams will play home-and-homes in league play. In the marquee matchup, BU and UMass-Lowell will try to make a move in the poll. BC and Merrimack pair up as do UMass and Providence. Vermont will play a single game in Maine and New Hampshire continues its tough early slate with a pair at #19 Wisconsin.