That makes absolutely zero sense, but bless their hearts they’ve won some hockey games this year. It’s less puzzling that Northeastern, who lost to them this week, getting *two* votes. I mean for Pete’s sake Penn State didn’t wasn’t named by anyone and they actually defeated a ranked team in what is clearly the biggest win in their young program history. Polls exist to give us something to argue and laugh about.
Bemidji, having handled its first minor test of the year, now faces something more formidable in the upcoming home and home series with UND. Before the season I noted this rivalry is a coin flip and nothing so far disprove that. BSU has more potential offensive upside. I think they have a chance to take both games, although going into Grand Forks poses a challenge.
There is no sign of New Hampshire ending its streak of woe anytime soon. RIT’s forward progress appears to be temporarily stalled. That RPI thrashing was a huge surprise to me. Other than that, last week shook out exactly as one might predict.
It will an eve of destruction in the WCHA on the upcoming docket for UW and UMN. Take the over on whatever spread you have. Mankato has been hanging tough in the beginning of the season, which has been a recent season trend for them, and can probably stay up with Duluth for at least one game (they won’t win, of course, but one of these games will be close).
The Clarkson and BU clash will tell us a lot about whether the Terriers can rebound from that split with Penn State. Tech is unbeaten but has not yet faced a tough opponent. BU has a porous defense and Clarkson is disciplined and could rack up some goals. It will be important for BC to dominate Maine, which has shown more defensive tenacity than expected, if it wants to maintain its lock on the second spot which I am sure it will happen. ‘Hurst will sweep Northeastern and take over a poll spot. If Colgate follows its current trajectory it should skate in circles around Providence (although obviously not to the degree they were frustrated by the Badgers). Princeton will beat Brown to open the ECAC slate. The rest of the conference is still in pre-season form.