Another week and another drop for Boston College Eagles’ men’s hockey in the USCHO.com poll.
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Boston College has fallen to 17th in the poll, their lowest ranking of the season to date. This is a drop of five spots from last week, which was their previous low point of the year.
The Eagles got to this point after having been swept this past weekend, losing games to ranked opponents Minnesota on Friday and Providence on Saturday. Boston College is 7-7-0 overall and is the only team without a winning record to still be ranked.
Eagles fans may be happy to learn that their Commonwealth Avenue foes at Boston University have left the top spot, but are still the highest-ranked Hockey East team at third nationally. North Dakota is the new number one while Minnesota State is now second.
Rounding out the top ten in the USCHO.com poll this week are Miami of Ohio at four, Michigan Tech at five, Minnesota sixth, UMass-Lowell seventh, Minnesota-Duluth eighth, Harvard ninth, and Denver tenth.
A particular surprise is how Harvard has rocketed in the polls since defeating the Eagles a few weeks ago. Last week, the Crimson defeated Boston University and UMass-Lowell.
Other Hockey East opponents in the top twenty include Vermont (11), Providence (16), and Merrimack (18). The conference has six teams in the USCHO.com poll this week in total.
At this rate, short of a win streak coming together, the Eagles may be unranked in next Monday’s poll. They have already fallen well out of position for a tournament at-large bid; BC will have opportunities to play top opponents and recover some standing, but it is easy to tell that the Eagles are off to their worst start since the early portions of the Jerry York era.
A scary thought for Eagles fans is that as we enter December, Boston College might not even be the second-best team in the Beanpot field at present.