Minnesota Still First In Hockey

Despite a loss over the weekend, the men's hockey team is still ranked first in the nation. And the undefeated women kept their stranglehold on first as well.

One week after being elevated to
No. 1 in the USCHO.com/CSTV Divison I Men's Hockey Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, the Gophers looked like they might lose it after losing to No. 3/No. 2 Colorado College 3-1 on Friday. Saturday they solidified their hold on No. 1 by thrashing the Tigers 7-2.

When the poll reports came out Monday, Minnesota had received 27 of 40 first-place votes for a commanding lead over No. 2 but current WCHA leader Wisconsin, which moved up from No. 4 in the USCHO/CSTV.

The Gophers also received 29 of 34 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll with Colorado No. 2 and Wisconsin No. 3.

Not to be outdone, the University of Minnesota women's hockey team is also No. 1 nationally in both the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Womens's College Hockey Poll with 14/15 and 18/19 first-place votes, respectively.

Although it doesn't have the national drama of the BCS, the hockey polls have significant impact in post season seeding for the NCAA tournaments. Both Gopher squads are playing outstanding hockey and the Gopher women are in the midst of a special season, currently undefeated with a
12-0-2 record. This week the Gopher women face similarly undefeated Dartmouth and the men face in-state opponent St. Cloud State.

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