College Hockey Rankings: Boston College Falls to 8th


In this week’s USCHO college hockey rankings, the Boston College Eagles dropped to eighth nationally.

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On a three-game losing streak and 4-4-0 overall, the Eagles fell five spots from their season-long high-water mark of third in the previous college hockey rankings.

Eighth is the lowest they have been ranked so far in the 2014-15 season, though despite some concern over the matter, Boston College hockey did not drop out of the top ten.

Minnesota, whom the Eagles will see later this month, remain at the top of the college hockey rankings for this week from USCHO. North Dakota has surged to second overall, while the Boston University Terriers, who came back to defeat the Eagles on Friday night at Conte Forum, are now the highest-ranked Hockey East team at third.

Another team that has defeated the Eagles this year, the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, are up to fourth in the nation, while the undefeated Michigan Tech Huskies out of the WCHA round out the new top five.

Joining Boston College hockey in the lower half of the top ten are Colgate at six, Miami of Ohio at seven, Minnesota State at nine, and Hockey East rival Vermont at ten.

Past Eagles opponent Denver is now 11th in the nation, while only one other future Boston College opponent, Providence, makes the top twenty at 16th. Notre Dame was previously ranked 15th, but have fallen out of the college hockey rankings for this week after being swept by Minnesota.

The USCHO voters were evidently not greatly moved by the Eagles’ disappointing last few days, especially given their loss to UConn mid-week. As a .500 hockey team, Boston College easily could have been dropped from the top ten, but considering that two of their three losses during this streak have been against ranked teams, the Eagles were fortunate.

During the upcoming week, Boston College will face Harvard (Tuesday) and Michigan State (Friday), with the latter being on the road.