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The rankings, released today, show that the Boston College men remained flat from last week despite winning both Hockey East contests in which they played last weekend. The Eagles were jumped by Nebraska-Omaha, who were a spot behind them last week but are now one in front.
UNO traded spots with Hockey East foe Vermont, who are now a spot behind the Eagles at number 13 nationally.
Eagles fans will be dismayed to learn that their arch rivals, the Boston University Terriers, are the new number one in the nation in this week’s USCHO poll on the men’s side. The Terriers received 42 of the 50 first-place votes available.
BU is trailed in the top five by North Dakota, Minnesota — whom the Eagles face at Kelley Rink on Friday — UMass-Lowell, and Miami of Ohio. Michigan Tech dropped five spots to number six, with other top ten teams including Minnesota State, Minnesota-Duluth, Colgate, and Denver.
Harvard, having beaten the men a few weeks ago, are now 18th in the nation in the USCHO poll. Future Boston College opponent and Hockey East rival Providence is the last team in the rankings at 20th.
On the ladies side, the USCHO poll has Boston College as a unanimous number one for the third-straight week. The Eagles have been in the top spot nationally for four weeks in a row.
The ladies are undefeated on the season with a 13-0-1 record.
The news is a bit disappointing for the men, as they might have hoped to be able to climb a spot or two back up, but they will get a big opportunity to improve their standing on Friday when the Golden Gophers come to town.
As for the women, they are having an outstanding season and by all accounts are the best team in women’s college hockey this season. We could be witnessing the early stages of a very special season for that program.