What a difference the new year makes. While Providence and Boston College had been slugging out the top two spots for much of the first half of the college hockey season, the latest USCHO.com poll has new top dogs. North Dakota is the new national No. 1 with 36 first-place votes while Quinnipiac is No. 2 with 14 first-place votes (including mine below).
The Fighting Hawks (that's North Dakota in case you didn't know) are 18-2-2 overall after sweeping Alabama-Huntsville in a non-conference weekend matchup to start the new year. Quinnipiac is 17-1-3 and first in the PairWise.
I had Harvard at No. 2. The Crimson are 8-1-3 and second in the PairWise and playing some really good hockey beating Ferris State and then besting Minnesota in overtime to start 2016.
Meanwhile Boston College closed out December with three straight losses while Providence no longer looks as dominate with losses to Cornell and Brown.
Here is my ballot for this week's poll:
3. North Dakota
5. St. Cloud State
7. St. Lawrence
10. Boston College
12. Boston University
14. Penn State
15. Notre Dame
17. Minnesota State
18. Bowling Green
20. Robert Morris