No change for UND in hockey polls

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The University of North Dakota will open National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) play as the fourth-ranked team in the country according to both the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls that were released on Monday.

North Dakota held on to its No. 4 ranking after skating to a non-conference split against No. 7/8 Minnesota last weekend in Grand Forks. The Golden Gophers took the opener 2-1 on Friday before UND bounced back with a 4-0 win on Saturday.

Denver topped both polls once again while St. Cloud State garnered first-place votes and grabbed the No. 2 spot in both. Third-ranked Harvard and fifth-ranked Wisconsin rounded out the top five in both polls.

The Fighting Hawks travel to Colorado College to open conference play on Friday and Saturday against the Tigers, who were unranked despite a 4-2-0 start.

USCHO.com Poll:

Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR

1. Denver (33) 2-0-2 980 1

2. St. Cloud State (16) 5-0-0 955 3

3. Harvard (1) 0-0-0 903 2

4. North Dakota 4-1-1 840 4

5. Wisconsin 5-2-0 719 6

6. Boston University 3-2-1 682 7

7. Minnesota 3-3-0 659 8

8. Notre Dame 3-2-1 615 5

9. Clarkson 4-1-1 532 12

10. Minnesota Duluth 2-2-2 526 9

11. Providence 3-2-0 493 10

12. Minnesota State 3-2-0 404 14

13. Quinnipiac 3-1-1 381 18

14. New Hampshire 5-1-0 338 17

15. Penn State 3-3-0 322 11

16. Michigan Tech 4-2-1 240 15

17. UMass Lowell 3-3-0 222 19

18. Air Force 4-1-1 149 20

19. Boston College 1-3-1 131 13

20. Northeastern 2-2-1 105 16

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll:

Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR

1. Denver (28) 2-0-2 503 1

2. St. Cloud State (6) 5-0-0 476 2

3. Harvard 0-0-0 425 3

4. North Dakota 4-1-1 383 4

5. Wisconsin 5-2-0 297 5

6. Boston University 3-2-1 279 8

7. Minnesota 3-3-0 275 7

8. Notre Dame 3-2-1 220 6

Clarkson 3-0-1 220 3

10. Providence 3-2-0 232 9

11. Minnesota Duluth 2-2-2 173 13

12. New Hampshire 5-1-0 128 NR

13. Quinnipiac 3-1-1 123 NR

14. Minnesota State 3-2-0 89 12

15. Penn State 3-3-0 70 11

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