For the first time since Nov. 28, 2005, the Minnesota State women's hockey team are in the national top 10 rankings by U.S. College Hockey Online. Following their tie (and shootout victory) and win over Minnesota Duluth over the weekend, the Mavericks are ranked 10th in the country. They are 4-2-2. Minnesota is No. 1, and MSU will play No. 5 Mercyhurst in a nonconference series this weekend in Erie, Pa. The only other WCHA team in the top 10 is No. 8 North Dakota, against whom Minnesota State split a series earlier this season.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota State men's team — at 2-0-2, one of just two undefeated teams in the WCHA (Denver is the other) — is not in the USCHO top 20, but it is getting more votes than it did last week. With 39 points, MSU is essentially ranked No. 22 (officially among the others receiving votes), which puts them a couple of spots ahead of this week's opponent, St. Cloud State (12 points), as well as other WCHA programs like Omaha (28), Michigan Tech (16) and Wisconsin (10).