UMD falls out of USCHO Top 20 for first time in three years

For the first time in three years, the Minnesota Duluth men dropped out of the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I poll, released Monday. The poll is here.

The Bulldogs (2-5-1) fell from No. 20 after losing twice at Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 and 6-3 Saturday and Sunday. UMD, playing at No. 6 North Dakota (4-3-1) this weekend, had been in every U.S. College Hockey Online Top 20 poll since Nov. 2, 2009.

Six Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams are ranked — No. 2 Denver, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 6 North Dakota, No. 14 Colorado College, No. 15 St. Cloud State and No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha. Defending NCAA champion Boston College (8-1) is the unanimous No. 1 pick.

In the U.S. College Hockey Online Division III polls, the Wisconsin-Superior men (5-1) debuted at No. 14 and play at Wisconsin-Stout (2-2-2) this weekend.

The UWS women (4-3) moved up one spot to No. 8 and are home Friday and Saturday against Concordia, Wis. (0-5-1).