Monday, January 26, 2015

Mavericks slip to 3rd

Minnesota State's loss to Bemidji State on Saturday night didn't hurt the team in the Pairwise Rankings, where it's still No. 1. However, it did sway some opinions about the Mavericks, who dropped out of the top spot and to No. 3 in the U.S. College Hockey poll.

Minnesota State received 11 first-place votes (including mine), but the end of a nine-game unbeaten streak at the hands of an unranked rival was enough to get other voters to shuffle things around. North Dakota, which has won five in a row (the last four in a row at home against Niagara and Colorado College), moved up to No. 1, getting 34 first-place votes. Boston University is second, getting five first-place votes and edging the Mavericks by two points.

Other rankings of note: The WCHA's Bowling Green remained sixth despite a home loss to Lake Superior State, and Michigan Tech moved up two spots to eighth after its home sweep over Alaska.

Minnesota Duluth remained seventh after its loss to Bemidji and win over Minnesota (the same result MSU had), and Minnesota dropped out of the top 20. Bemidji State is still unranked but did receive some votes, enough to garner three points.

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