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College Hockey Rankings: Quinnipiac is #1 for the first time in program history

The Bobcats end Minnesota's six week reign on top of the USA Hockey and USCHO polls as they extend their unbeaten streak to 21.

Quinnipiac, a school known for their polling, now reigns supreme in them when it comes to hockey.

The Bobcats have ended Minnesota's six week reign as college hockey's new #1 team in both the and USA Hockey/USA Today polls by extending their unbeaten streak to 21 with wins over Cornell and Colgate. It's the first time Quinnipiac, who received 41 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll, has been the top-ranked team. They are also the first ECAC team to be ranked #1 since Yale was on top of the polls January 24, 2011.

The Gophers, meanwhile, still received 9 and 6 first-place votes, respectively, in the two polls despite splitting a road series with #8 St. Cloud State. Although they snapped the Huskies' 9 game conference unbeaten streak Friday night with a 4-2 win, Minnesota gave up four goals on Saturday to lose 4-3.

Miami stays put at #3 after the RedHawks split their high-profile CCHA series with #6 Western Michigan. The Broncos, who also didn't move, won 2-0 Friday before being shut out themselves 4-0 on Saturday.

The snowstorm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in New England postponed many Hockey East games, but two of the few played last week did affect the top five in both polls. Fourth-ranked Boston College and #5 New Hampshire switched spots this week following the Eagles' win over Harvard in the Beanpot semifinals Monday and the Wildcats tying Providence 3-3 on Sunday.

North Dakota, who swept Nebraska-Omaha on the road, is seventh this week while St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Yale round out the top ten.

Alaska jumps back into the USCHO top twenty this week despite a splitting a two-game series with Ohio State. The Nanooks replace Union, who drop out of the rankings for the first time in 81 weeks.

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 last week's results here. You can find the current updated Pairwise over at College Hockey News.

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