Benchmark Monday – Weekly Polls; Accolades and Awards in HE

Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth continue to be mainstays in the top spots of both the USA TODAY and USCHO polls while Hockey East takes the next 3 spots. After a weekend sweep at the hands of the streaking Maine Black Bears, BU drops to 3rd while Merrimack and BC ride rebound weekends to take the 4th and 5th slots respectively.

UMass Lowell continues to surprise and has finally started to gain some respect as they have cracked the top 10, earning the #9 spot in both polls. Although we don’t like to use the word “crack”-ed and Lowell in the same sentence as it usually insuates another meaning for many of Lowell’s upstanding citizens. That said, this Lowell team continues to defy the odds in its quest to become one of the best one year turnarounds Hockey East has seen in quite some time. Lowell continues its see saw ride up and down the Pairwise rankings and moved up to the #3 slot this week after the sweep over UMass and claiming of the Alumni Cup over the weekend. As of today, Lowell would be a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament which is absolutely remarkable and has to be one of the most refreshing storylines of the year….hats off to Norm Bazin .

Maine’s impressive back to back sweeps of the two Boston powers, BU and BC, has earned the Black Bears a #15 slot in the polls and a #10 Pairwise ranking.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
January 30, 2012

No. Team (First-place votes) Points Last Wk.
1. Minnesota (18) 475 3
2. Minnesota Duluth (16) 473 1
3. Boston University 394 2
4. Merrimack 376 4
5. Boston College 332 8
6. Notre Dame 320 4
7. Ferris State 317 12
8. Michigan 278 9
9. UMass Lowell 250 11
10. Ohio State 178 7
11. Colorado College 150 10
12. Union 128 13
13. Denver 118 15
14. Cornell 108 6
15. Maine 60 NR

Also receiving votes: Western Michigan 44, Miami 34, North Dakota 24, Northern Michigan 12, Colgate 7, RIT 2. Poll
January 30, 2012

No. Team (First-place votes) Points Last Wk.
1. Minnesota Duluth (28) 959 1
2. Minnesota (21) 918 3
3. Boston University 799 2
4. Merrimack 784 5
5. Boston College 777 7
6. Ferris State (1) 716 10
7. Michigan 689 8
8. Notre Dame 673 4
9. UMass Lowell 596 11
10. Ohio State 531 6
11. Colorado College 451 12
11. Union 451 14
13. Denver 383 15
14. Cornell 338 9
15. Maine 326 20
16. Western Michigan 290 13
17. North Dakota 227 18
18. Miami 220 17
19. Northern Michigan 111 19
20. Colgate 87 NR

Also receiving votes: Michigan State 69, Lake Superior State 52, RIT 15, Nebraska-Omaha 10, Michigan Tech 5, Quinnipiac 5, Harvard 4, Northeastern 1.

Accolades and Awards in HE:

(Sophomore Forward; Essex, Mass.)
Ferreiro recorded five points (4g,1a) in the road sweep of Vermont, Northeastern’s first hat trick in over two years on Friday and scored another goal on Saturday. He also added an assist on Friday. Ferreiro finished the weekend with five shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating.
(Junior Forward; Boxford, Mass.)
Kreider registered team-high five points (2g,3a) in a two-game series sweep of New Hampshire over the weekend. He recorded three points (1g,2a) in the 4-3 win on Friday night at Conte Forum and followed that up with two points (1g,1a) in the 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday at the Whittemore Center. Kreider has 10 shots on goal on the weekend with a +2 rating.
(Freshman Forward; Yardley, Pa.)
Wallin scored four points (1g,3a) and a +3 rating in a 2-1-0 week for the River Hawks. He registered two assists in the 4-2 triumph on Friday at the Mullins Center and then tallied two points (1g,1a) in the 5-2 victory Saturday at the Tsongas Center.
(Sophomore Goaltender; York, Pa.)
Sullivan went 2-0-0 on the weekend with a 1.50 GAA and a .957 save percentage in the road sweep at No. 2 Boston University. He stopped 28 shots on Friday night and finished with a career-high 38 saves on Saturday. He was honored as the game’s No. 1 star in both contests
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2 Responses to Benchmark Monday – Weekly Polls; Accolades and Awards in HE

  1. Great piece, I am thrilled about BC’s rebound. I am a little puzzled why BU only dropped one spot. though. Go Eagles!

    • beanpotforum says:

      BC has been fortunate as well in the polls given their recent run of mediocrity. Although I am puling for a non traditional beanpot final, it would be epic for BC and BU to macth up again this year. Like you, I am not sold on BU after the significant losses they incurred.

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