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North Dakota back to No. 1 while Canisius receives votes

Fans of college hockey in Western New York should be familiar with Bemidji State. The Beavers were once members of College Hockey America with Niagara. Well hand it to the program now part of the WCHA. They knocked off two of the top teams in the country -- Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State to win the North Star College Cup in St. Paul on Saturday.

The win means a new No. 1, both in my ballot and the USCHO Men's Division I poll.

Last week Minnesota State earned the most No. 1 votes in the poll, including my ballot. But lose to an unranked team and you tend to fall from grace. Even if you're still tops in the PairWise. Welcome back North Dakota to the top spot.

For their wins, I was one of the few who gave Bemidji State some love at No. 20 on my ballot. In my world, there should be a reward for knocking off a pair of top-10 teams in one weekend.

Canisius received five points in the weekly poll to enter the "teams receiving votes category." As my ballot shows I did not vote for them, but that's not the point. The Golden Griffins are tied with Michigan for the longest unbeaten streak in the nation at seven games. That turns heads, not just from those who see them on a daily basis. And that's significant in the bigger scheme of things.

My ballot:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Minnesota State
  3. Boston University
  4. Minnesota-Duluth
  5. Nebraska-Omaha
  6. Harvard
  7. Bowling Green
  8. Providence
  9. Michigan Tech
  10. Miami
  11. Denver
  12. Boston College
  13. Vermont
  14. UMass-Lowell
  15. Yale
  16. Michigan
  17. Colgate
  18. Merrimack
  19. Quinnipiac
  20. Bemidji State


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