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Weekly poll recap: Top-three showdown set with UND, Denver

UND moved down one spot to No. 3 after earning a win and a tie against Miami in Ralph Engelstad Arena over the weekend.

The Fighting Hawks beat Miami 4-1 on Friday night and tied 3-3 on Saturday.

This week's USCHO poll was released Monday.

UND's spot: UND (7-2-3) moved down one spot to No. 3 after the win and tie against unranked Miami. The Fighting Hawks did receive two first-place votes. This is the fifth week in a row that UND has been ranked in the top four nationally.

UND's next opponent: Denver (6-2-2) regained the No. 1 national ranking after sweeping previous No. 1 St. Cloud State over the weekend. UND and Denver play at 8:05 p.m. Central on Friday and Saturday in Denver's Magness Arena.

The top spot: After one week away, Denver jumped back atop the polls by sweeping St. Cloud State in Magness Arena. The Huskies (7-2) only fell one spot to No. 2. Denver has held the No. 1 spot in 12 of the last 13 weeks dating back to last season.

Biggest jump: Cornell (6-0) jumped up eight spots after beating Dartmouth and Harvard to stay perfect on the season.

Biggest fall: Harvard (2-3) fell eight spots from No. 5 to No. 13 after losing at Colgate and at Cornell. Both losses came on the road as Harvard kicks off a nine-game stretch without playing at home. The Crimson's next home game isn't until January.

One that makes you wonder: Despite getting swept by Denver, St. Cloud State still received one first-place vote.

Did you notice: Had that one voter put Denver at No. 1 instead of St. Cloud, this weekend's showdown between the Pioneers and Fighting Hawks would be a rare No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.

USCHO poll

Nov. 13, 2017

1Denver (43)6-2-29923
2St. Cloud State (1)7-29141
3North Dakota (2)7-2-39132
4Notre Dame8-3-18096
6Cornell (4)6-070914
11New Hampshire6-3-14349
14Minnesota Duluth5-5-232712
15Western Michigan6-4-125918
16Ohio State6-3-325617
18Boston University5-6-120815
20Northern Michigan6-47420
Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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