College Hockey Rankings: Minnesota stays on top in both polls with Quinnipiac rising to #2

The Golden Gophers remain the top team in both the USCHO and USA Today polls after taking 3 points from rival North Dakota.

While Quinnipiac University had the week off before playing Connecticut on Tuesday, being idle did not hurt them in the polls.

The Bobcats sit second in both major college hockey polls this week following a week where many of the teams around them lost. They only sit behind top-ranked Minnesota, who received 48 of the 50 first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll and 31 of 34 in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

The Gophers kept their top spot for the fourth straight week after defeating North Dakota 5-1 Friday and tying their rivals on Saturday 4-4.

Both Boston College and New Hampshire moved down a spot to third and fourth, respectively, after the two Hockey East schools lost. The Eagles lost to UMass before rebounding to rout Northeastern 9-3. UNH, meanwhile, lost to Providence in their only game of the weekend.

Getting one point on the road against the top-ranked team didn't hurt North Dakota in the rankings. Instead, UND moves up one spot from last week to fifth.

Miami, who moved up to two spots to sixth despite splitting with Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Yale, Western Michigan and Denver round out the USCHO top ten.

There is one new team in this week's poll with Wisconsin replacing Colgate. The Badgers were at one point 1-7-2 this season so even making the rankings is an accomplishment.

And now the usual disclaimers: Polls are for entertainment and have no bearing on NCAA Tournament positions. Those would be the PairWise rankings, which our own Chris Dilks breaks down here.

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