Men’s hockey falls three spots in newest rankings

Max Sanders

After a one-point weekend, the Minnesota men’s hockey team slipped three spots to No. 11 in the newest USA Today men’s hockey poll.

Getting shutout 4-0 in the opener,then No. 8 Gophers earned a 3-3 tie Saturday night, escaping with one-point against archrival North Dakota.

As for the Sioux, after entering the weekend ranked No. 4, their solid three-point effort against the Gophers allowed them to move up two spots, to No. 2 in the country.

The Gophers next opponent, Denver, dropped two spots to No. 5 after a surprising split against unranked Ohio State.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has three members in the top-15 nationally. Joining North Dakota and Minnesota in the rankings is Minnesota Duluth, who after starting the year 3-1-0, is ranked for the first time in 2009-10, coming in at No. 14.

Miami (OH) remains at the No. 1 spot, and here’s how the rest of the top ten looks:

No. 2-North Dakota

No. 3-Boston University

No 4.-Michigan

No. 5-Denver

No. 6-Cornell

No. 7-Vermont

No. 8-Princeton

No. 9-Yale

No. 10-Notre Dame