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NCAA Hockey Rankings: Merrimack Remains At No. 1, Denver Pioneers No. 10 In Both Polls

The Denver Pioneers defeated the Princeton Tigers in the first leg of the 2011 Denver Cup Classic, but then fell to the Miami RedHawks, 4-2, in the championship game. As such, the Pioneers are now 6-4-3 and ranked No. 10 in both the USCHO and USA Today polls. The Pioneers play the Colorado College Tigers on Friday in the next leg of the Battle for the Gold Pan. The Tigers dropped from No. 4 in both polls to No. 8 after losing both road games to the North Dakota Fighting Sioux over the weekend.

The Merrimack Warriors remained the No. 1 team and have yet to suffer a loss this season. They defeated the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, 6-0, on Wednesday.

The Air Force Falcons received six votes in the USCHO poll and two in the USA Today poll this week after taking a two-game set against the Connecticut Huskies. They are 7-4-2 overall and 6-2-1 in the AHA.

USCHO Rank School (First-Place Votes) Record Previous USA Today
1 Merrimack (48) 9-0-1 1 1
2 Boston College (2) 10-4-0 5 3
2 Notre Dame 10-3-3 2 2
4 Minnesota-Duluth 9-3-2 6 5
5 Minnesota 11-4-1 3 4
6 Ferris State 10-3-1 7 6
7 Ohio State 10-3-1 9 7
8 Colorado College 7-4-0 4 8
9 Union 7-3-3 13 9
10 Denver 6-4-3 10 10
11 Lake Superior 10-4-2 13 11
12 Western Michigan 6-4-4 12 12
13 Boston University 7-4-1 15 13
14 Yale 5-3-1 8 15
15 Colgate 9-4-1 16 14
16 Michigan State 8-5-1 20 N/A
17 Cornell 6-3-0 17 N/A
18 Miami (Ohio) 8-6-2 NR N/A
19 Michigan 7-7-2 11 N/A
20 Michigan Tech 8-5-1 18 N/A

Dropped Out (USCHO): No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha.

Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska-Omaha 94, Massachusetts-Lowell 17, North Dakota 11, Northern Michigan 8, Air Force 6, Clarkson 5, St. Cloud State 3, Harvard 1.