Oh Union. The defending national champions are going through quite the rough patch. Last week they lost twice to their nemesis RPI. This week they added another loss and tie to remain winless in the ECAC. That tumbles them down on my USCHO.com Men's Division I Hockey ballot as I put the Dutchmen at No. 11 this week.
Minnesota stays No. 1 and North Dakota No. 2 but St. Cloud slipped to No. 6 after losing twice to Minnesota-Duluth, which made its first appearance in my Top 10 this week. Also moving into my top 10 was Boston University which is now 5-1-1 winning at Boston College and getting a tie with Connecticut.
Speaking of UConn, I have the Huskies a nod at No. 20 after getting three points against college hockey royalty this week. That included a win over Boston College, which fell to No. 10 on my ballot.
Michigan Tech continues to be impressive after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage. They may be for real but their strength of schedule isn't as impressive as some teams I have ranked higher. So they move up two spots to No. 17.
Michigan is just 2-5 but didn't play this week and I couldn't justify dropping a team for not having a game scheduled. But they are dangerously close to being booted from my ballot.
Which brings me to Cornell which was booted from my ballot as they are off to a 0-3-1 start. And if you didn't hear it, you can catch Cornell coach Mike Scahfer's comments about Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold after the Bobcats' 1-0 win on Saturday. He forgot to run his comments through his brain filter, the one which censors both curse words and content.
- North Dakota
- Minnesota State
- Cloud State
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Ferris State
- Michigan Tech
- Robert Morris