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College Hockey Rankings: Minnesota Number One Despite Loss; Michigan Tech Moving Up

Minnesota's Justin Kloos scored three times on Saturday to help Minnesota keep their top ranking
Minnesota's Justin Kloos scored three times on Saturday to help Minnesota keep their top ranking
Matt Christians

Last week's unanimous number one choice Minnesota suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend when they fell 4-1 to St. Cloud State in St. Cloud on Friday. But that loss wasn't enough to dissuade our voters, who once again all chose to keep Minnesota in the top slot.

The big riser, as you might have expected, is undefeated Michigan Tech. Their sweep on the road at Ferris State were more impressive wins, but sweeping Michigan at home this past weekend gave the Huskies are a pair of wins against a big name opponent and helped solidify the idea that the Huskies are for real.

On the downside, Union was pushing Minnesota last week as the near unanimous number two team in the country, but after being swept by rivals RPI, the Dutchmen nearly plummeted out of this week's poll completely.

Here's the full listing of ballots cast by the SBN College Hockey staff this week:

SBN Rank
1 Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota (60)
2 Boston University North Dakota North Dakota Boston University North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota (52)
3 North Dakota Boston University St. Cloud State North Dakota Boston University Colgate Boston University(48)
4 St. Cloud State Colgate Boston University St. Cloud State St. Cloud State Boston University St. Cloud State(40)
5 UMass Lowell Michigan Tech Colgate Michigan Tech Colgate St. Cloud State Colgate (36)
6 Colgate St. Cloud State Michigan Tech UMass Lowell Michigan Tech Boston College Michigan Tech (29)
7 Michigan Tech UMass Lowell Union Colgate Boston College UMass Lowell UMass Lowell(22)
8 Boston College Boston College Providence Boston College UMass Lowell Michigan Tech Boston College(20)
9 Robert Morris Omaha Boston College Robert Morris Robert Morris Providence Robert Morris (8)
10 Brown Robert Morris Robert Morris Omaha Union Union Union (6)

1. Minnesota 5-1-0 (60)

Following its first loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat on the road against St. Cloud State where the Huskies took advantage of seven penalties, the Gophers rebounded at home with a 4-3 overtime win. Justin Kloos notched his first career hat trick and was set up twice by linemate Taylor Cammarata. Minnesota next faces Notre Dame for a two game series Friday and Sunday. However, the Gophers will be without senior forward Travis Boyd for a month. Boyd left the end of Friday's game with a lower body injury.

-Nate Wells

2. North Dakota 5-1-1 (52)

North Dakota only had one game this weekend against Air Force, but they got their money's worth. Trailing 2-0 heading into the third period, North Dakota got an extra attacker goal with 29 seconds left from Drake Caggiula to send the game to overtime, and in overtime, Bryn Chyzyk finished off a shorthanded goal to earn the victory for North Dakota.

-Chris Dilks

3. Boston University 4-1-0 (48)

BU held a 41-18 shots advantage in a dominant 4-1 victory at Providence on Friday night before getting off to a slow start in a 2-1 home loss on Saturday. Jack Eichel continued the excellent start to his rookie season with three points in the weekend set, including a goal and an assist assist on the game-winner in the opener, and now leads the Terriers with four goals and five helpers in five games. Friday's win was BU's second in as many road games to start the season after winning just once away from home in 2013-14. With the loss, the Terriers fell short of their first 5-0-0 start since 1991. BU travels to the other end of Commonwealth Avenue to face Boston College on Friday before hosting UConn the following night.

-Josh Kummins

4. St. Cloud State 3-3-0 (40)

The Huskies handed top-ranked Minnesota their first loss of the season with a dominating 4-1 victory in St. Cloud on Friday night. On Saturday, the Huskies forced overtime with a tying goal late, but Justin Kloos' overtime goal gave the Gophers the win Saturday and a split in the series. The Huskies finished their murderer's row on an early-season non-conference schedule--Colgate, Union, and Minnesota--a respectable 3-3-0 and are ready to begin NCHC conference play next weekend when they host Minnesota Duluth.

-Chris Dilks

5. Colgate 6-2-0 (36)

The Raiders shut out Mercyhurst 4-0 on Friday night for goalie Charlie Finn's third shutout of the season. But the Lakers got their revenge the following night with a 2-1 win that snapped Colgate's five-game winning streak.

-Chris Dilks

6. Michigan Tech 6-0-0 (29)

The Huskies gave a performance befitting of their guest Lord Stanley this weekend. In front of a pair of raucous sellout crowds, the Huskies beat Michigan in convincing fashion twice in a row. At 6-0-0, Michigan Tech joins 2-0-0 Brown as the only teams in the country with an unblemished record.

-Chris Dilks

7. UMass Lowell 5-1-0 (22)

The River Hawks continued their excellent start with a weekend sweep of New Hampshire to improve to a perfect 3-0-0 in Hockey East play. In a 2-0 road win on Friday, junior Kevin Boyle made 33 saves for his first shutout in a Lowell sweater while freshman John Edwardh and junior A.J. White scored goals. Sophomore Chris Maniccia scored three times and added an assist to lead 12 skaters on the scoresheet in an 8-2 drubbing on Saturday. Maniccia became the first River Hawk to post a hat trick since Riley Wetmore in another 8-2 game on Nov. 18, 2012 against UMass. UML carries a three-game win streak and 5-1-0 overall record into the opener of a home-and-home series with Northeastern on Fridayat Tsongas Center.

-Josh Kummins

8. Boston College 4-2-0 (20)

The Eagles, which had each of their first three games decided by three of four goals either way, split a pair of 2-1 games in their first back-to-back road weekend of the season at Denver. Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald was the only goal scorer in Friday's come-from-behind victory, which was the 500th in head coach Jerry York's career at his alma mater. Senior assistant captain Quinn Smith continued a four-game point streak with an assist on classmate Destry Straight's goal in Saturday night's overtime loss. BC concludes a three-game road trip at UConn on Wednesday night before archrival Boston University pays a visit to Chestnut Hill on Friday.

-Josh Kummins

9. Robert Morris 7-0-1 (8)

The Colonials kept rolling with a pair of wins at home against RIT to stay undefeated and become the first team to reach seven wins. With three assists on the weekend, senior forward Cody Wydo became the nation's leading scorer with a 6-7-13 scoring line on the season. Robert Morris has a bye next week, so their unbeaten record won't be tested again until Air Force goes to Pittsburgh two weeks from now.

-Chris Dilks

10. Union 5-3-0 (6)

The Dutchmen quickly went from a team that couldn't lose with an epic unbeaten streak, dating back to late January of last year to a team on a three-game losing skid. Worse, they took a pair of losses to their bitter Route 7 rivals RPI on the weekend. On Friday, a hat trick from RPI's Riley Bourbannais did in Union in a 6-1 blowout win for the Engineers. On Saturday, freshman Viktor Liljegren scored in overtime to complete the sweep for RPI.  Union will look to get back to their winning ways next weekend when they host Dartmouth and Harvard.

-Chris Dilks