Gophers ranked No. 1 as season’s second half opens

Minnesota leads six WCHA teams ranked in the Top 20 to start the second half of the season in voting by U.S. College Hockey Online. The Gophers smacked previous No. 1 Boston College 8-1 Sunday in the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis.

Minnesota is No. 1, North Dakota No. 7, Denver No. 11, Minnesota State-Mankato No. 14, St. Cloud State No. 15 and Nebraska-Omaha No. 16. The U.S. College Hockey Online poll here.

Minnesota Duluth (7-10-3) is off until a home series Jan. 11-12 versus Michigan Tech (6-10-3) on Jan. 11-12.

In one game Monday, Trevor van Riemsdyk scored with 2:52 left in overtime as No. 4 New Hampshire defeated Bemidji State 3-2 in the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. Jordan George scored midway through the third period to get BSU into a 2-2 tie. UNH led 36-20 in shots. Attendance 2,365. From the Bemidji Pioneer here.

The Wisconsin-Superior men are ranked No. 11 and the UWS women No. 8 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division III polls released Monday.

The UWS men (9-3-1) host the Yellowjacket Holiday Tournament this weekend, facing Nichols (Mass.) College (8-4) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Curry (Mass.) College (5-5-1) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Wessman Arena. Finlandia (3-8) of Hancock meets Curry on Friday and Nichols on Saturday, both at 3 p.m.

The UWS women (8-4) are off until a Jan. 11-12 series at No. 10 Adrian University (10-3).
The UMD women (7-8-3) are home Jan. 12-13 against St. Cloud State.

2 thoughts on “Gophers ranked No. 1 as season’s second half opens

  1. The only thing worse than the Bulldogs returning to their historic spot in absolute awfulness, after a way too brief stint near the top, is that the Gophers are No. 1. What a horrible season. Uffda. It doesn’t get any worse than this.

  2. BBP – back off the ledge. The ‘dogs are young with a ton of freshman talent and a great recruiting class coming in next year. This team it still in the hunt for home ice. I know its your nature to have a negative outlook on everything but relax this program is a year or two from being right back challenging for a national title.

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