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Boston University held second in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men’ Hockey Poll, but Miami (Ohio) took the top honors this week, jumping from fourth last week. The Red Hawks took 28 first place votes to BU’s 17 after sweeping a weekend series from St. Cloud State. Denver, the former top team, split a pair in Vermont and now sits at number three. North Dakota, which swept Merrimack, and Michigan complete the top five.
Vermont moved up three spots to 11 via the split with Denver, passing fellow Hockey East schools Boston College and UMass-Lowell. BC remained at 12 after a weekend of exhibition and UML flipped with Vermont after placing second in the Ice Breaker Tournament. They beat St. Lawrence in the first round and lost to host University of Nebraska-Omaha in the final. Northeastern split a weekend set at Colorado College to retain the 20th position. New Hampshire lost its opener to Rensselaer to drop out of the poll, though it sits just outside, while UMass, who beat those same Engineers, still got an ‘honorable mention’.
In addition to the games already mentioned, Providence beat Holy Cross and Maine dropped two at Union. In exhibition action, New Brunswick completed a Hockey East hat trick, defeating UMass, Vermont, and Providence in the past week without dropping a contest against the conference.
Conference play opens this week as BU heads to Amherst to take on the Minutemen while Vermont will host BC. UNH has a big weekend, as they host top rated Miami for a weekend set and Bentley makes the trip east to Northeastern. Providence visits South Bend for two Holy Wars against Notre Dame while Merrimack plays host to another Catholic rival, Holy Cross. Merrimack will finish the weekend against Army and Maine returns home and plays a pair with Michigan State.