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Colgate moves ups in the poll and my case for St. Lawrence at No. 20

It took me some time to get on the Colgate bandwagon. Plenty of people had them ranked high in the preseason polls, but I wanted to see what they had. At 5-1-0 it's hard not to put them in the top five, especially after other teams faltered in big weekend showdowns.

Colgate split with St. Cloud State, swept Northeastern and then swept Sacred Heart. Granted, the Pioneers are not the toughest opponents in Atlantic Hockey, but good teams dispense with the teams they should beat. And that's what Colgate did. They get a better challenge from Atlantic Hockey this weekend when they host Mercyhurst.

Sophomore forward and Buffalo native Andrew Black has three assists for the Raiders this year. Last season he was the leading rookie scorer for the team with 14 points (eight goals, six assists).

The top three remain the same on my USCHO.com Men's Division I  ballot. Providence fell to No. 10 after a loss and a tie at No. 3 North Dakota.

St. Cloud State split with No. 2 Union in Troy so they moved to No. 6 while I tumbled Ferris State which was swept by Michigan Tech.

Meanwhile, I gave some love to St. Lawrence, ranking them at No. 20. When they beat up on Niagara (a 10-2 win at Dwyer in the second game of the season), coach Greg Carvel was quick to point out it was under unusual circumstances:

“I know Niagara is really beat up and it’s an unfair game since they’re missing so many players,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “I’m not sure how much you take out of this game. When it was three or four goals it snowballed and then became an avalanche.

“I’ve got a young team with a lot of guys trying to prove themselves, so I think that’s why the energy stayed high. And some shots went in that don’t normally go it. It was one of those nights where everything was going in the net.”

But since then St. Lawrence has beaten Ferris State and Miami, both ranked teams. Perhaps St. Lawrence is about more than youthful enthusiasm.

Here's my ballot for the week:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Union
  3. North Dakota
  4. Colgate
  5. Miami
  6. St. Cloud State
  7. Minnesota State
  8. UMass-Lowell
  9. Boston College
  10. Providence
  11. Ferris State
  12. Denver
  13. Michigan
  14. Minnesota-Duluth
  15. Vermont
  16. Boston University
  17. Cornell
  18. Quinnipiac
  19. Alaska
  20. St. Lawrence
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