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.
|2||St. Cloud State (1)||7-2||914||1|
|3||North Dakota (2)||7-2-3||913||2|