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Union cracks top five in USCHO.com/NCAA hockey, USA Today polls

By Ken Schott
Monday, February 21, 2011
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Thanks to its North Country sweep, Union is now in the top five in the USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 hockey polls.

The ECAC Hockey-leading Dutchmen moved up two spots, from seventh to fifth, in the poll. It's the highest they have ever been. Union earned 749 points in the USCHO poll, eight more than No. 6 Denver of the WCHA. The Dutchmen earned 354 points in the USA Today poll, compared to Denver's 307.

The Dutchmen (16-3-1 ECACH, 24-7-3 overall) beat Clarkson, 4-3, in overtime Friday, and downed St. Lawrence, 5-2, Saturday.

Meanwhile, RPI is 14th for the second straight week. The Engineers (11-8-1, 19-9-4) split the North Country trip. They lost to the Saints, 5-3, and beat the Golden Knights, 5-1.

North Dakota takes over the top spot in the poll.

USCHO.com/NCAA Poll
Team (First Place) Record Pts Last Week
1 North Dakota (21) 22-8-3 959 2
2 Boston College (13) 22-7-1 941 1
3 Yale (15) 22-5-0 937 3
4 Merrimack (1) 21-5-4 832 6
5 Union 24-7-3 749 7
6 Denver 19-8-5 741 4
7 Minnesota-Duluth 19-7-5 715 5
8 Notre Dame 20-9-5 639 9
9 New Hampshire 18-7-5 610 8
10 Michigan 21-9-4 576 11
11 Miami 17-9-6 540 10
12 Nebraska-Omaha 19-11-2 404 13
13 Wisconsin 19-11-4 362 12
14 RPI 19-9-4 360 14
15 Boston University 16-9-7 328 15
16 Maine 14-10-6 199 19
17 Western Michigan 15-9-10 183 17
18 Dartmouth 15-9-3 144 16
19 Colorado College 17-15-2 88 18
20 Minnesota 13-12-5 67 NR
Others receiving votes: Princeton 33, Robert Morris 28, Cornell 24, RIT 20, Ferris State 17, Northeastern 3, Ohio State 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 North Dakota, 487 (18) 2 22-8-3 20
2 Boston College, 468 (7) 1 22-7-1 20
3 Yale, 463 (9) 3 22-5-0 20
4 Merrmiack, 406 5 21-5-4 7
5 Union, 354 7 24-7-3 17
6 Denver, 307 4 19-8-5 20
7 Minnesota Duluth, 298 6 19-7-5 20
8 Notre Dame, 256 8 20-9-5 17
9 New Hampshire, 236 9 18-7-5 20
10 Michigan, 220 11 21-9-4 20
11 Miami (Ohio), 214 10 17-9-6 20
12 Nebraska Omaha, 122 12 19-11-2 16
13 RPI, 94 14 19-9-4 12
14 Wisconsin, 68 13 19-11-4 15
15 Boston University, 49 15 16-9-7 17
Others receiving votes: Maine, 8; Dartmouth, 7; Western Michigan, 5; Robert Morris, 4; RIT, 3; Cornell, 1.

 
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February 21, 2011
4:06 p.m.

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rdf8585 says...

This kind of success makes it even worse that the ECAC Tourney isn't here this year. I have no room to talk, though. I never went to it while it was in Albany, and while I've been a hockey fan my whole life (25), I didn't have much interest in college hockey until I went to a Union game on a whim last March and lucked into that 5 OT game. I've been to about 10 home games this year and would definitely have gone to the tourney if it was still here. Union/RPI having lackluster teams for most of the past several years didn't help the tourney and the fact that Siena and UAlbany basketball had some good March runs in the past several years likely took people away as well. But this year it's all Union/RPI and I'm sure it would have done well in Albany this year. Thoughts, anyone?

I never even went to Union (UAlbany grad) but might even splurge for season tickets down there next year. My only Union connection, besides living here all my life, is that I had a grandfather who played lacrosse there for "Pops" Harkness.

 

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