Monday, December 1, 2014

Mavericks move up to No. 2

With its national-best six-game winning streak, 11-3-0 record and hold on the top spots in the getting-more-meaningful-everyday Pairwise Rankings, there was some thought that Minnesota State might be the No. 1 team in the nation on Monday when the opinion polls came out.

Several teams ahead of them, including last week's No. 1, Boston University, lost two of three following their rise to the top of the poll.

Well, the Mavericks aren't there yet.

They are, however, ranked No. 2 in the nation in the USCHO rankings, their highest position ever in the poll. North Dakota is No. 1.

The Mavericks received five first-place votes (North Dakota had 29) and were one of seven teams that received first-place votes.

Perhaps being No. 2 is a good thing for Minnesota State, as teams holding the No. 1 spot recently haven't fared too well the following week (BU, Michigan Tech, Minnesota). The Mavericks will host Alaska on Friday and Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Center.

Other WCHA teams in the poll including Michigan Tech at No. 5, Bowling Green at No. 14 and Northern Michigan at No. 19.

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