Tuesday, December 2, 2014

College Hockey: North Dakota Rises to No. 1 in Polls

For the fourth consecutive week, NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey has a new No. 1. This time it's the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, who survived a tough weekend battle with Omaha-Nebraska (they emerged with a shootout loss and a win) at home to leapfrog the Boston University Terriers and into the top spot.

North Dakota, which boasts a 10-3-2 record, received 29 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll, as well as 28 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today College Hockey Poll. It's the first time that UND has been atop both polls since the end of the 2010-2011 season.

Being No. 1 has not been easy thus far this season in college hockey. Boston University lost twice after being voted No. 1 last week, dropping decisions to Harvard at home, then at Dartmouth on Sunday.

Before Boston University, Michigan Tech took a shot at No. 1 on the week of Nov. 17, and they proceeded to drop two games to Minnesota State at home on the following weekend.

The week before, Minnesota held the top spot before dropping both ends of a home-and-home to Minnesota-Duluth.

Can North Dakota break the jinx? They'll be home to face a struggling Lake Superior State (3-13 overall, 3-9 WCHA) team at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks this weekend.

Other movers in the poll were Harvard, who notched two top five wins against BU and UMass-Lowell to climb to No. 9 in the USCHO Poll, and Minnesota State, which climbed five spots to No. 2 in the USCHO poll after sweeping LSSU by a combined 10-0 score last weekend (BU remained No. 2 in the USA Today Poll).