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The penultimate college hockey poll

It's the second last USCHO.com Men's Division I poll of the season and there's a new No. 1 in town. Minnesota State took the top spot after North Dakota was eliminated in the semifinals of the NCHC tournament then fell to Denver in the third-place game.

Boston University took six first-place to move into second. I've got them No. 3 in my ballot because I still believe North Dakota is a solid team.

The biggest jump in my ballot when to Harvard which has won seven of its last eight and captured the ECAC title.

As for Atlantic Hockey, no teams made the top 20. RIT is the first among those receiving votes with 54 points. I gave the Tigers a nod at No. 20 because winning the league title should come with come recognition other than a "congratulations, you get to play the No. 1 team in the country" status in the NCAA tourney.

Robert Morris received 17 points as the regular season champ of Atlantic Hockey. Canisius still got one point -- so someone, somewhere voted the Griffs No. 20. While I think Canisius had a fantastic year and some players had incredibly special seasons (Conacher, Cuddemi, Asmundson to name three off the top of my head), it wasn't me.

There will be one final national poll, after the Frozen Four. In the meantime, be sure to check out my chat with ESPN cawlidgehawkey guru John Buccigross along with other NCAA tournament notes and schedules.

More fun stats about the NCAA field of 16 from College Hockey, Inc. -- Minnesota has the most NHL draft picks on its roster (16) followed by North Dakota (14) and Harvard (10). RIT is the only team with no NHL draft picks. And who says you can't win with freshmen? Nebraska-Omaha has 11 while Boston University has 10.

My weekly ballot:

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