As Boston College Eagles men’s hockey enters their Christmas and finals break, they have taken another slight step forward in the December 15 USCHO Poll.
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The Eagles, fresh off of another victorious weekend, improved their standing by one spot to 15th in the nation. They have gone up by one number in each of the last two weeks, coming from their season-low of 17th on December 1.
Boston College came about this rise after defeating unranked Michigan at Conte Forum on Saturday night.
Eagles fans will be discouraged to learn who sits atop the December 15 USCHO Poll: the Boston University Terriers. BU has occupied the spot before this season, and now are back to the head of Division I college hockey The Terriers posted a 5-1 win over RPI last weekend.
North Dakota and Minnesota State are second and third, respectively, but one of the biggest surprises of the season is local Beanpot foe Harvard. The Crimson soared in the polls after beating Boston College earlier in the season and have risen to number four in the nation. Though they finished behind Minnesota State, they got the third-most first-place votes.
Rounding out the top ten in the poll, in order, are Miami of Ohio, Minnesota-Duluth, former opponent Minnesota, and Hockey East rivals UMass-Lowell and Vermont.
Joining Boston College in the bottom half of the top twenty are previous opponents Denver at 11 and Providence at 16, as well as future conference opponent Merrimack who are up a tick at 18. No other Hockey East team received a vote.
Another modest gain for Boston College this week, but it’s better to go up than go down, and the Eagles have already done more than enough of the latter. If they want to have any hope of making the NCAA Tournament, they will need to continue their rise throughout the second half. They will be afforded many opportunities to increase their standing against some of the nation’s best teams, and the Eagles must make them count.