St. Cloud State, Michigan, Minnesota lead USCHO poll

St. Cloud State has retained its number one ranking in the USCHO Division I Men’s Hockey Poll released on Monday.

The Huskies were brilliant against Colorado College last weekend, earning a 3-2 win on Friday and a 4-1 win Saturday. Forwards Micah Miller and Jami Krannila registered two-goal weekends with backing the odds for the game. Krannila's second was the biggest of the weekend, coming in overtime on Friday.

Goaltender David Hrenak continued his strong play, stopping 55 of 58 shots. Hrenak earned NCHC goaltender of the month honours for October.

After some weeks outside the top three, Michigan is back. The Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 7-2, on Friday night at a rowdy Yost Ice Arena. Saturday saw Michigan take an early 3-0 lead and hold on, as the Spartans scored one goal in the second and one in the third to make it 3-2. That's how it ended.

Meanwhile, a shocking 2-1 defeat against Ferris State on Friday night saw Minnesota State slip from second to third. Although they rebounded well, taking the Bulldogs down, 5-1 the following night, the did had already been done.

Completing the top five is Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota. While the Bulldogs lost the first of a two-game set with No. 10 Western Michigan, the Golden Gophers fell one spot after a weekend split with Wisconsin. The Badgers got the best of them in overtime, 4-3, on Friday, but Minnesota came back hard the following night, winning 4-1.

Quinnipiac, who backs meilleur casino en ligne francais, stays put at No 6 after taking care of business last weekend with a 3-0 win over Yale and a 1-0 win over Brown – two solid ECAC wins. Western Michigan also hold on to its seventh position. In a home series with No. 4 Minnesota Duluth, the Broncos won Game 1, 4-3, and lost Game 2, 3-0. The second game doesn't look as great, but the Broncos did more than just hold their own against one of the top teams in the country.

Reigning national champions Umass is eight, North Dakota is ninth while Harvard is 10th having edged No. 15 Cornell Friday night, 3-2.

For the fourth week in a row, six NCHC teams occupy the top 20. No. 1 St. Cloud, No. 7 North Dakota, No. 9 Western Michigan, No. 11 Omaha, and No. 14 Denver all join the Bulldogs in the national rankings.

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