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College Hockey Rankings: St. Cloud State Hands Union First Loss

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St. Cloud State rebounded after a Friday rout to hand Union their first loss of the season.

The Results are In
The Results are In
Matt Christians

Highly anticipated match ups this past weekend proved to shake the spots and viewpoints of teams in this weeks poll.

North Dakota was able to climb after an impressive weekend, pushing Colgate down in the process.  Boston University jumped to 7th after finding themselves left out last weekend and Vermont, who was also missing from last weekend's poll, conquered 8th.  Lastly, Michigan Tech gave the poll some WCHA presence after another weekend sweep.

Minnesota, Boston University, Michigan Tech, Vermont, and Northern Michigan are the last standing teams with perfect records...  Who's going to make it through next weekend?

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1 Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota (70)
2 Union Boston University Union Union Union Union Union Union (62)
3 Colgate Union North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota (50)
4 St. Cloud State Boston College Colgate Colgate Colgate Colgate Colgate Colgate (49)
5 Boston College Colgate St. Cloud State St. Cloud State St. Cloud State Boston College Boston College Boston College (39)
6 North Dakota North Dakota Boston College Providence Boston College St. Cloud State St. Cloud State St. Cloud State (37)
7 UMass-Lowell Vermont Boston University Boston College Vermont Boston University Vermont Boston University (24)
8 Providence Michigan Tech Providence UMass-Lowell Boston University Vermont Boston University Vermont (16)
9 Michigan Tech St. Cloud State Michigan Tech Michigan Tech Michigan Tech UMass-Lowell Michigan Tech Michigan Tech (13)
10 Vermont Robert Morris Miami Boston University UMass-Lowell Providence UMass-Lowell Providence (12)

1. Minnesota  4-0-0 (70)

The Gophers "re-started" the season with a home sweep over Bemidji State. After a 5-2 win Friday that included a Sportscenter Top 10 save by Adam Wilcox, Minnesota came back from two deficits to defeat the Beavers 5-3 and improve to 4-0 on the season. Senior Travis Boyd scored three special teams goals (2 PP, 1 SH) for Minnesota, which will play St. Cloud State this Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home series.

- Nate Wells

2. Union  5-1-0 (62)

The Dutchmen jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead against St. Cloud State on Friday and cruised to an easy 5-1 win, but head coach Rick Bennett wasn't pleased with his team's effort in the final 50 minutes of the game. On Saturday, they gave up a third period goal to break a 2-2 tie and couldn't find an equalizer. The loss was Union's first home loss in 15 games, and first loss of any kind in 22 games.

- Chris Dilks

3. North Dakota  4-1-1 (50)

In the much anticipated series between highly-ranked North Dakota and Providence, North Dakota came out on Friday night and made a strong statement with a dominating 6-1 victory over the Friars. North Dakota was less than a minute away from earning the sweep, but Nick Saracino's extra attacker goal with 39 seconds left forced a 2-2 draw in Saturday's contest.

- Chris Dilks

4. Colgate  5-1-0 (49)

Both of Colgate's games this weekend at Sacred Heart were closer than expected early on, but the Raiders found a way to pull away from the Pioneers late in both games for the series sweep. The Raiders are now 5-1-0 on the year and host Mercyhurst next weekend.

- Chris Dilks

5. Boston College  3-1-0 (39)

The Eagles rolled Colorado College for a second consecutive 6-2 win in their home opener Friday night before posting their first Hockey East victory in a 4-1 decision over UMass. Over the course of BC's three-game win streak, sophomore Thatcher Demko has stopped 79 of 84 shots, including 33 against Colorado College. Senior Cam Spiro scored his first two goals in more than a season against the Tigers, including one of BC's four in the second period. Sophomore Adam Gilmour handed out a pair of assists Friday before scoring twice and assisting freshman Alex Tuch the following night. Against the Minutemen, junior Michael Matheson and freshman Noah Hanifin combined for five assists from the blue line.

- Joshua Kummins

6. St. Cloud State 2-2-0 (37)

disastrous start on Friday night doomed the Huskies in the first game of their series against Union, but the Huskies rebounded the next night to hand the Dutchmen their first loss since January 31st of last year. The Huskies are 2-2 through the first two legs of their non-conference gauntlet to start the season. They'll play a home-and-home series against #1 Minnesota weekend before jumping into NCHC conference play.

- Chris Dilks

7. Boston University  3-0-0 (24)

It wasn't pretty, but the Terriers stayed unbeaten with a pair of home victories over Big Ten foes. They only scored once on Friday night against Michigan State, but that was all they needed for a 1-0 victory. On Saturday, the Terriers got a pair of third goals for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Michigan. BU will face their toughest test of the early season next weekend when they meet Providence for a home-and-home series.

- Chris Dilks

8. Vermont  4-0-0 (16)

UVM remained unbeaten at 4-0-0 for the first time since 2005 with a 2-1 home win over Connecticut on Saturday night, its 17th in 19 all-time games against the Huskies. Sophomore Mike Stenerson scored the game-winning goal at 6:20 of the third period, while junior Brody Hoffman made 21 saves for his third win of the season. The Catamounts have yet to face a deficit this season and will look to continue that trend this coming weekend at Notre Dame, a team it split a pair of one-goal games against one year ago.

- Joshua Kummins

9. Michigan Tech  4-0-0 (13)

The Huskies became the first visiting team to win a WCHA conference game at Ferris State last weekend with a pair of one-goal victories over the Bulldogs in the only regular season conference meetings between the two. The Huskies are now 4-0-0 on the season and in WCHA conference play. They'll play two of the most important games in recent program history next weekend when they host Michigan.

- Chris Dilks

10. Providence  1-2-1 (12)

The Friars got shelled on Friday night in Grand Forks, losing 6-1 to North Dakota. Nick Saracino salvaged the weekend for the Friars when he tipped in a goal with 39 seconds remaining on Saturday to force a 2-2 tie. They'll open up Hockey East play next weekend with a home-and-home series against a resurgent Boston University squad.

- Chris Dilks

Friendship Awards

UMass-Lowell (11 points), Miami (1 point), Robert Morris (1 Point)

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