Weekly poll recap: UND back in the top 5
UND returned to the top five in the U.S. College Hockey Online national rankings Monday after sweeping Western Michigan 4-3 and 4-1 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The Fighting Hawks moved up one spot in the weekly poll to No. 5, flipping spots with Cornell. That was the only movement in the top nine.
UND's spot: The Fighting Hawks (10-4-4) returned to the top five for the seventh time in 10 weeks this season. UND has been ranked in the top eight in every poll this season.
UND's next opponent: St. Cloud State (11-2) is ranked No. 2 and is receiving nine of 50 first-place votes. The Huskies have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for each of the last seven weeks.
The top spot: Denver (9-3-2) swept Minnesota Duluth in a rematch of last year's NCAA national championship game to hold on to the top spot.
Biggest jump: Penn State (9-7-2) jumped from unranked to No. 18. The three spot jump was the largest in this week's poll. The Nittany Lions earned a win and a tie at Ohio State last weekned to extend their unbeaten streak to six games.
Biggest fall: Ohio State (8-4-4) fell four spots from No. 11 to No. 15 after losing and tying against Penn State. Saturday's loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak. The Buckeyes will have a chance to make it up this weekend against No. 7 Minnesota.
Did you notice: All eight NCHC teams are either ranked in the top 20 or receiving votes in the poll. Denver (1), St. Cloud State (2), North Dakota (5), Western Michigan (11) and Minnesota Duluth (17) are ranked, while Omaha, Miami and Colorado College are receiving votes.
|2||St. Cloud State (9)||11-2||947||2|
|4||Notre Dame (1)||14-3-1||874||4|