Men’s hockey continues fall in rankings following split

Max Sanders

After a weekend split against Bemidji State, the Minnesota men’s hockey team fell further in the newest USCHO poll released today.

After receiving the second most votes in the "others receiving votes" category last week, the split at the hands of then No. 7 Bemidji State last weekend sank the Gophers completely out of the rankings picture. Perhaps due to the way they lost Sunday, in a 6-2 rout, Minnesota is now completely off the "others receiving votes" section of the polls.

As for Bemidji State, they fell just one spot to No. 8 in the nation.

The top five teams from last week remain the same this week, with only minor shifting going on. Cornell dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, and Denver and Mass.-Lowell each moved up to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

The biggest mover in the top 20 was Michigan State. The Spartans took advantage of their weekend series against Michigan and jumped all the way from No. 13 to No. 6, trading spots with Michigan who dropped to No. 13.

Miami (OH) remains atop the rankings, but faced a surprisingly steep challenge last weekend in Ferris State. The performance of Ferris State pushed them to the brink of the rankings, where they currently sit first among "others receiving votes" with 128 points.

Other Western Collegiate Hockey Association team rankings:

No. 2 North Dakota (unchanged)

No. 7 Colorado College (up from No. 10)

No. 15 Wisconsin (previously unranked)

No. 20 Minnesota Duluth (down from No. 18)

Minnesota hosts Minnesota Duluth in a two-game series beginning this Friday at Mariucci arena.