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North Dakota still the team to beat in college hockey

It's now nearly unanimous with the exception of one vote: North Dakota is the top team in college hockey.

Of the 50 votes, 49 voted North Dakota No. 1 in this week's USCHO.com Division I men's hockey poll. That includes me. Minnesota State received one first-place vote. They're No. 2 in my poll.

In fact not much changed among the top spots on my ballot. Perhaps the biggest poll news is the jump of Providence into the top 10 after the Friars swept Maine this past weekend.

I dropped Robert Morris from my ballot. After seeing the Colonials in person, they certainly are one of the best teams in the country and have a smooth, fluid, fast offense. But the last two weekends they split with RIT and with Niagara. Sorry guys, but losing to the last place team in the conference drops you out of my top 20.

Also of note: Canisius is among those receiving votes and actually increased its total. The Golden Griffins picked up one point last week. They have three this week. And, as you will see below, the votes are still not coming from me. I would have considered it if they had swept Air Force. But that didn't happen.

My weekly ballot:

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