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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.

USCHO national poll

Dec. 4, 2017

1Denver (39)9-3-29871
2St. Cloud State (9)11-29472
3Clarkson (1)13-3-18793
4Notre Dame (1)14-3-18744
5North Dakota10-4-47926
11Western Michigan9-7-145010
13New Hampshire8-5-141213
14Boston College9-6-239615
15Ohio State8-4-438811
17Minnesota Duluth7-8-216016
18Penn State9-7-2138NR
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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