In this week’s latest USCHO poll, Boston College Eagles men’s ice hockey has slightly improved their situation.
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Following their win this past weekend over the RIT Tigers in Rochester, the Eagles have gone up in the rankings to 6th.
This is a jump of just one spot from last week. The Eagles had started the season ranked number four in the nation, but fell backwards three spots after their thumping at UMass-Lowell on opening night.
Ironically, the Eagles remain ahead of the River Hawks in this week’s USCHO poll; UMass-Lowell is seventh.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers, visitors to Conte Forum on Black Friday, November 28, remain number one in the nation in men’s hockey. Union, the defending national champions, are second, followed by North Dakota, Colgate, and Hockey East foe Providence.
After the Eagles and River Hawks, Ferris State, St. Cloud State, and Miami of Ohio round out the top ten.
Denver, whom the Eagles will face on Halloween and November 1 in Colorado, are ranked 11th in the new USCHO poll. Boston College eliminated the Pioneers in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Other ranked teams the Eagles will see this season include Boston University (12), Michigan (14), and Vermont (17).
Not that such things matter at this early stage, but the Eagles are presently eighth in the PairWise Rankings.
On the women’s side, Boston College is up to number three in the country. The ladies have not lost any of their four games to date, going 3-0-1 to open their season. They were ranked fourth last week, but moved up following their 4-0 shutout win over Hockey East rivals New Hampshire.