Monday, October 13, 2014

Up and down

The Mavericks, following their season-opening split at Nebraska Omaha, moved up in one national poll and down in another and are now ranked 12th in both polls.

Considering that there were so many splits, upsets and questions over the first two weeks of the season, it wasn't easy to put together a top 15 or top 20. In fact 44 teams -- including Alabama Huntsville! -- received votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online rankings. There were 29 teams listed in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Minnesota State, which was 13th last week, is one of three WCHA teams in the USCHO top 20. Ferris State is fourth, and Alaska is 19th (Michigan Tech, Alaska Anchorage, Bowling Green, Bemidji State and Huntsville also received votes).

In the other poll, MSU fell from 11th to 12th. Ferris State is sixth (Michigan Tech, Alaska, Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage also got votes).

Minnesota remained No. 1 in both polls.

Meanwhile, the WCHA, hoping to have a better nonconference showing this season, has gotten off to a better start than last year. The league is 8-7-0 so far outside the WCHA, including four victories among 10 away-from-home games.

A year ago, the league went 8-11-3 outside the WCHA in the first two weeks of the season with three wins in 17 road games.

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