Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Minnesota-Duluth Remains at No. 1

New year, same standings.

Defending NCAA Division I men's champion Minnesota-Duluth, unbeaten in its last 16 outings, remains atop the USCHO.com poll. UMD (14-3-3 overall) garnered all 50 first-place votes in the Jan. 9 poll, putting it ahead of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Minnesota. It's the fifth straight week that the Bulldogs have been ranked first in the nation.

The Bulldogs, who defeated Michigan in April to win their first-ever national title, haven't lost since a 5-4 setback to rival Minnesota on Oct. 15. Since then they've gone 13-0-3, and senior center Jack Connolly is tied for the national scoring lead with 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points. UMD is also leading Division I with an average of 4.1 goals scored per game.

Boston University, Merrimack, Colorado College, Cornell and Western Michigan round out this week's USCHO top ten. UMD will attempt to keep its No. 1 streak going this weekend in a pair of games at Nebraska-Omaha.

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