GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND Athletics) – Following an impressive sweep over Colorado College, North Dakota has leaped back to the top of both national college hockey polls. Former No. 1 Cornell fell to No. 2 after a road loss this past week, giving the No. 1 spot back to North Dakota, who also holds the top position in the Pairwise Rankings.
It was a near-unanimous jump to the No. 1 position in both polls, with the Fighting Hawks earning 49 of the 50 available first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll and 33 of the 34 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Since North Dakota first ascended to No. 1 for the inaugural time this season on Dec. 16, this is the fifth time the green and white have been voted as the nation’s top team. UND has also not fallen outside the top-5 in either poll since Nov. 11.
Overall, three of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s teams are ranked in this week’s poll: North Dakota (1), Minnesota Duluth (6), and Denver (7); with Western Michigan and Omaha each receiving votes. Four other UND foes also find themselves either ranked or receiving votes: Minnesota State (3), Bemidji State (18), Minnesota (RV), and Michigan Tech (RV).
North Dakota will return to action on Feb. 14-15 against No. 7 Denver. Both games can be accessed nationally on both CBS Sports Network (Friday) and TSN (Saturday), with the finale against the Pioneers also seen on MidcoSN.