Poll Roundup: Beaver Women, Men Moving On Up

Was crazy busy on Monday so didn’t have time to update the blog, but both Bemidji State women’s and men’s teams have moved up in the rankings following their weekend games against Minnesota Duluth.

The women, after sweeping UMD, moved up from No. 9 to No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll. UMD dropped out. This week’s opponent, North Dakota, remained at No. 6. Both the Beavers and the (INSERT NAME HERE, TO BE VOTED ON THIS MONTH) are undefeated.

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll
Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1. Minnesota (15) 4-0-0 150 1
T2. Boston College 3 0-0 128 2
T2. Wisconsin 4-0-0 128 3
4. Clarkson 5-0-0 99 5
5. Harvard 0-0-0 89 4
6. North Dakota 4-0-0 74 6
7. Quinnipiac 3-0-1 55 8
8. Bemidji State 5-0-1 50 9
9. Boston University 3-1-0 23 7
10. Cornell 0-0-0 20 10
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 6, Northeastern 2, Lindenwood 1.

On the men’s side, the Beavers received four points in the preseason poll but moved way up and got 60 points after upsetting Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. That puts them (unofficially) at No. 22, behind Michigan State (with 61 points). The Bulldogs, conversely, dropped from No. 2 to No. 7 after the loss.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll
Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1. North Dakota (18) 1-0-1 922 4
2. Providence (13) 1-0-1 870 7
3. Nebraska-Omaha (8) 2-0-0 842 10
4. Boston College (7) 1-1-0 832 1
5. Denver 1-1-0 652 5
6. Boston University 0-1-0 647 3
7. Minnesota-Duluth 0-1-0 645 2
8. Harvard (2) 0-0-0 629 8
9. Massachusetts-Lowell (2) 1-0-0 555 14
10. Bowling Green 2-0-0 521 16
11. Michigan 0-0-0 415 13
12. St. Cloud State 2-0-0 412 17
13. Yale 0-0-0 377 12
14. Minnesota State 0-2-0 316 6
15. Minnesota 0-1-0 304 9
16. Michigan Tech 0-0-0 288 15
17. Quinnipiac 2-0-0 284 18
18. Miami 0-1-1 234 11
19. St. Lawrence 2-0-0 211 19
20. Vermont 1-0-0 128 NR
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 61, Bemidji State 60, Union 54, Northeastern 40, Notre Dame 40, Clarkson 24, Penn State 24, Princeton 19, New Hampshire 18, Robert Morris 17, Rensselaer 15, Colgate 10, Mercyhurst 7, Northern Michigan 6, Cornell 5, Maine 5, Massachusetts 5, Ferris State 3, Wisconsin 2, Brown 1.

It’s worth mentioning that North Dakota is No. 1 again in the poll. To that end, here’s my ballot. I didn’t vote UND No. 1 because honestly, I don’t think the (NODAKS/SUNDOGS/ROUGHRIDERS/FIGHTING HAWKS/NORTH STARS) are that much better than Minnesota Duluth. Unlike last year, there’s no clear No. 1 right now (like UND was for much of the season).

1. Boston College
2. North Dakota
3. Harvard
4. Denver
5. Michigan Tech
6. Omaha
7. Bowling Green
8. Boston U
9. Providence
10. Yale
11. Bemidji State
12. Lowell
13. St. Cloud
14. Minnesota State
15. Quinnipiac
16. St. Lawrence
17. Minnesota
18. Colgate
19. Robert Morris
20. Vermont

As you can see: Yeah, I moved the Beavers way up. But honestly, BSU has a pretty good track record against most of the teams ahead of them in the actual poll in each of the past two seasons. And considering Duluth and UND both lost very little from last season, there’s no reason to think the Beavers — who have played very well against both of those teams — can’t hang with them this season too. They at least deserve to be in the discussion. I mean, it’s still early because maybe the Beavers will lose their next eight games and we’ll know they don’t. Maybe they’ll keep winning. Obviously, it’s early this season so there’s still a lot to be worked out.