BF Benchmark Tuesday – National Polls; HE Accolades and Awards

Every Dog has It’s Day (Or Bulldog that is)

The #1 slot in both the USCHO and USA Today poll still belongs to the Ferris State Bulldogs for the 2nd consecutive week. After a weekend sweep of Jerry York’s former team, Bowling Green, Ferris State remains the top dog.  Michigan continues its late season surge after somewhat of a slow start and has vaulted up the polls to #3. Both the Wolverines and Bulldogs are positioned in the top 4 of the pairwise rankings and thusly would be awarded #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if it began this very second.

As far as HE is converned, the BC Eagles have remained true to form and like clockwork, are in the midst of their post Beanpot run. BC sits in the #2 slot in the USCHO and USA Today polls and sits alone at the top of the Pairwise standings (#1 seed overall). UMass Lowell joins the Eagles as a potential #1 seed (#3 in Pairwise) after an unconventional split with the BU Terriers in which each team won their respective road games. The Riverhawks sit in the 7th position in both the USCHO and USA Today poll while the much maligned BU Terriers sit in the 5/6 spot (more on this in my Forum Frenzy that will be posted later this week). Maine claims the 11/10 spot while the offensively anemic Merrimack squad falls to 13/12 and on the periphery of the Pairwise rankings after a sweep at the hands of BC.

National Polls

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
February 20, 2012

No. Team (First-place votes) Points Last Wk.
1. Ferris State (28) 504 1
2. Boston College (6) 470 4
3. Michigan 424 5
4. Minnesota Duluth 405 3
5. Minnesota 363 7
6. Boston University 337 2
7. UMass Lowell 320 6
8. Union 289 8
9. Cornell 184 12
10. Denver 174 10
11. Maine 164 11
12. North Dakota 135 15
13. Merrimack 104 9
14. Michigan State 92 NR
15. Miami 55 NR

Also receiving votes: Colorado College 27, Ohio State 20, Notre Dame 7, Air Force 3, Nebraska-Omaha 3.

USCHO.com Poll
February 20, 2012

No. Team (First-place votes) Points Last Wk.
1. Ferris State (36) 979 1
2. Boston College (11) 939 3
3. Michigan (3) 860 5
4. Minnesota Duluth 836 4
5. Boston University 757 2
6. Minnesota 748 7
7. UMass Lowell 736 6
8. Union 677 8
9. Denver 521 10
10. Maine 511 11
11. Cornell 472 12
12. Merrimack 434 9
13. Michigan State 388 16
14. North Dakota 384 14
15. Miami 331 19
16. Colorado College 254 15
17. Ohio State 227 17
18. Notre Dame 140 13
19. Western Michigan 133 18
20. Colgate 52 NR

Also receiving votes: Lake Superior State 47, Northern Michigan 44, Air Force 14, Quinnipiac 8, Nebraska-Omaha 6, Clarkson 1.

HE Weekly Accolades and Awards:

ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#9 ALEX CHIASSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Junior Forward; St. Augustin, Que.)
Chiasson totaled six points (1g,5a) over three games for the Terriers, including a careerhigh four points (1g,3a) in Friday’s win at UMass Lowell at the Tsongas Center. Chiasson recorded 15 shots on goal for BU on the week.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#23 SCOTT WILSON, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Forward; Oakville, Ont.)
Wilson scored three points (2g,1a) in a split weekend with No. 2 Boston University, including the first two goals in Saturday’s 4-2 victory in the Agganis Arena vs. the Terriers. Wilson finished the weekend with seven shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating.
HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#35 PARKER MILNER, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Junior Goaltender; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Milner went 3-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .940 save percentage, stopping 79-of-84 shots faced in three games for the Eagles against three nationally ranked opponents
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