College Hockey Rankings: Denver Pioneers Fall To No. 8 In USA Today Poll

The Denver Pioneers went winless over the weekend and fell six spots to No. 8 in the latest USA Today Top 15 Poll. The Michigan Tech Huskies shockingly defeated the Pioneers on Friday, 7-2, but the Pioneers did lose starting goalie Adam Murray in the first period. Juho Olkinuora completed the game and made his first start on Saturday night. That game ended in a 2-2 tie after the Pioneers blew a third-period lead. The Huskies gained 21 points in this week's poll.

Boston College remained No. 1 and its only loss was against the Pioneers. The Colorado College Tigers remained unbeaten after sweeping a two-game set against Rennselaer, 4-1 in each game. Rylan Schwartz scored three goals and brother Jaden had one goal. Yale finally began its season and has a 1-0-1 record for No. 9 and a first-place vote.

The Air Fore Falcons received vote after tying Robert Morris on Saturday, 3-3. The Falcons are 3-2-2 on the season.

Here is the latest USA Today Top 15 poll:

Rank School (First-place votes) Record Prev
1 Boston College (30) 7-1-0 1
2 Colorado College (3) 4-0-0 3
3 Michigan 6-1-1 4
4 Notre Dame 5-2-0 5
5 Minnesota 7-1-0 8
6 Western Michigan  5-0-3 10
7 Merrimack 6-0-0 9
8 Denver 3-2-1 2
9 Yale (1) 1-0-1 6
10 Ferris State  6-2-0 7
11 Union College 3-1-3 11
12 Boston University 3-2-1 12
13 Lake Superior State  7-1-0 NR
14 Minnesota-Duluth 4-3-1 15
15 North Dakota 3-4-1 13

Dropped Out: No. 14 Colgate.

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Michigan 23, Colgate 21, Michigan Tech 21, Quinnipiac 18, Maine 12, Clarkson 9, Dartmouth 6, Air Force 1.

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