Monday, December 5, 2011

BU continues to rise..up to 11/12 in the national polls

The polls and USA Today polls were thrown in chaos this past weekend as each of the top 3 teams went 1-5 for the weekend. That allowed a new team to jump up and become #1 as defending champion Minnesota-Duluth regained the top spot in both polls. State rival Minnesota holds the #2 spot in both polls here is the breakdown of the rest of the top 10 and other polls. The number in parentheses is the USA Today poll if they differ from USCHO

1. Minnesota-Duluth 11-3-2
2. Minnesota 13-4-1
3. BC 11-5-0
4. Ohio State 12-3-0
5. Merrimack 9-2-1
6. Colorado College 8-4-0
7. Notre Dame 10-5-3
8. Western Michigan 8-4-4
9(10). Ferris State 10-5-1
10(9). Union 7-3-5
11(12). BU 8-5-1
18(NR). UML(Lowell) 9-4-0
20. PC(NR)- 8-6-1

Northeastern also received some votes fresh off their sweep of CCHA powerhouses Michigan and Notre Dame. The Pairwise rankings are also full of HE with BC (2T), Merrimack(2T), UML(9t), BU (11), PC (16t), Northeastern (22T), and Maine(24) all coming in the top 30 of the rankings that determine the NCAA tournament field. That is a solid 7 out of the conference's 10 teams in the top 30 or 8/11 if you count Notre Dame as a Hockey East school as they will be beginning in the 2013-2014 season.

The Inch power rankings also came out this afternoon and have BU up 2 spots to #13. They also have BC, Merrimack, UML, and PC in their top 2o which is great news for Hockey East. I don't know what this world is coming to when UML and PC actually aren't eyesores for the conference.

Hockey East also released the weekly conference awards with forwards Corey Trivino and Charlie Coyle being named in the Top Performers category. They also recognize freshmen Yasin Cisse, and Cason Hohmann for recording their first career goals while Alexx Privitera recorded his first career point assissting Cisse's goal. The team also has won their conference season series with both UNH and BC for the first time in a while. It would be fantastic to complete the sweep of UNH on Thursday to get back on the winning track.

Also it has just been announced that forward Charlie Coyle and defenseman Adam Clendening have been named to the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Junior Championships in late December. Matt Nieto got snubbed which sucks for him because he has really earned the opportunity with his play so far. Congrats to Coyle and Clendening. There are still 7 more cuts to be made before the final roster is announced on December 22nd.

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