WCHA rival Minnesota-Duluth was the polls' overwhelming No. 1, with 31 first-place votes and 570 poll points. The Bulldogs (5-0-1) were No. 3 last week, prior to two convincing wins over Minnesota State.
Wisconsin moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Minnesota-Duluth also tops those rankings.
In addition to Duluth and Wisconsin, North Dakota (No. 4 USCHO/No. 3 USA Today), Minnesota (6/6), Colorado College (8/8) and Denver (10/11) cracked the top 15 among WCHA teams. Wisconsin hosts defending national champion Denver this weekend at the Kohl Center.
Women's team slips in polls
After splitting a road series with Ohio State, the Wisconsin women's hockey team fell one spot to No. 5 in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Minnesota claimed every first-placed vote in each poll. Minnesota-Duluth, the only other ranked WCHA team, is No. 4 in each poll.
The Badgers (5-1-0) host St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kohl Center.