Boston College Hockey Falls to 12th in New USCHO Poll


In this week’s USCHO poll, Boston College hockey’s ranking fell to its lowest point yet during the 2014-15 season.

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As a response to what was their four-game losing streak, the voters have put the Eagles in the 12 spot, a drop of four since last week. Over the last two weeks, they have fallen nine spots. Their losing streak was ended last weekend when Boston College won 3-2 on the road against the Michigan State Spartans.

The Michigan Tech Huskies are off to their best start in program history at 10-0-0, and have been rewarded with the number one spot in the USCHO poll. They are immediately followed by North Dakota at number two and Hockey East rivals Boston University, who received more first-place votes than North Dakota but come in third.

The top five is closed out by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the former number one which got swept by Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend, and another Hockey East rival, UMass-Lowell. Boston College will face the Golden Gophers at Conte Forum on November 28.

From six through ten, rounding out the top ten are Colgate, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State, and former Eagle opponent Denver, respectively.

Future Boston College opponents out of Hockey East joining the Eagles in the bottom half of the top twenty are Vermont (11) and Providence (19). A surprising Merrimack team was the first team out of the rankings, while Harvard, who defeated Boston College hockey last week, got votes in this week’s USCHO poll while Notre Dame and Michigan did as well.

Had they not beaten Michigan State on Friday to snap their losing streak, this could have ended up being much worse for Boston College. Their hope will be that the worst is now over and that they can begin their rebound, though the schedule remains challenging in the near term.

The Eagles are lucky that the college hockey dynamic still allows them be ranked despite being a .500 team a month into the season. One thing, however, is clear: if Boston College wants to maintain or improve its ranking, they must have turned the corner against Michigan State.

The USCHO poll is released every Monday during the season, with the next coming on November 24.