Skip to main content

State of Hockey tops both men's, women's Division I polls

Down on the Wild? Minnesota boasts two No. 1 teams.
MSU-Mankato hockey, Minnesota State, Mavericks

State of Hockey struggling? Not quite, unless you are only a fan of the Minnesota Wild

But while the Wild (13 points) are last in the Central Division and tied with the Senators and Kings for the fewest points in the NHL, and the Gophers men's hockey team is 4-4-2 and trailing Notre Dame and Penn State in the Big Ten, the State of Hockey is currently producing the top men's and women's teams in Division I. 

Topping this week's USCHO.com men's hockey poll are the Minnesota State Mavericks, who jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 after last weekend's pair of victories over Michigan Tech. 

On the women's side, the Gophers are No. 1 in the nation for a second week in a row, while the UMD women are ranked 10th. 

It's the first time since March 2015 that both No. 1 teams in Division I are from the WCHA. 

In D3 hockey, the women's teams at Hamline (No. 5) and Gustavus (No. 9) are both ranked in the top 10, while the men's team from Augsburg is ranked No. 4. 

Mankato jumps to #1

Last week's No. 1, Denver, lost and tied in two games at Minnesota-Duluth, which dropped the Pioneers to No. 3 and boosted UMD from seventh to sixth. Minnesota State also jumped Massachusetts, which fell from second to fifth after losing to New Hampshire. 

St. Cloud State received 33 votes but fell outside the top 20, while the Gophers and Bemidji State didn't get any votes. 

It's the first time since March 2015 that the No. 1 teams in the men's and women's polls are from the WCHA. 

A big reason why the Mavericks are sitting in the top spot is because of a strong defense and the WCHA Goaltender of the Week, Dryden McKay, who is 7-1-1 with 1.32 goals-against average (2nd in the nation) and .946 save percentage (4th in the nation).

Next Up

UgstadRoadJunction

Charges: Teen speeding before crash that killed mother, injured her son

The teenager was driving at speeds between 72-89 mph at the time of the crash.

Northland Vapor in Moorhead, Minn.

Northland Vapor calls St. Paul regulators 'overzealous' in lawsuit over THC sales

The small Minnesota business said the lawsuit was "misleading" and "shameful."

image

Excelsior chocolate shop ransacked by thieves to reopen

Truffle Hill will reopen to the public on Friday.

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OPA/newsreleases/2022/11/SOLWHDPSSI%20FILINGS.pdf

Company agrees to changes after child workers found in MN meat plants

An investigation found children ages 13-17 working hazardous jobs at the plants.

soda-g7792ca8e9_1280

Drinks can company to lay off almost 100 workers, close St. Paul plant

State authorities were informed of the impending closure.

MinceyMug

Suspect in Minneapolis bar killing charged with weapons crime

The suspect has not been charged with murder in the case as of Wednesday.

snow, blowing snow

A monster storm is coming next week: What will happen?

What we know with high confidence at this point is that there will be a monster storm in the central U.S. by the early and middle part of next week.

police lights

Boy safe after kidnapping by non-custodial parent in Mankato

The search prompted the temporary shutdown of I-35 Tuesday night.

Mugshots

11 face charges after being found 'exploring' Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.

Related

UMD Bulldogs

D1 hockey conferences delay start of season due to COVID-19

There is no word just yet on when the college hockey season will begin at the D1 level.

Screen Shot 2019-06-29 at 7.20.31 AM

Mankato, Bemidji State set to leave WCHA for new hockey conference

The future of men's hockey in the WCHA is in serious doubt.

Brannon McManus, Gopher hockey

Gopher men's hockey off to its best start since 1939-40 season

The No. 1 team in the country continues to crush the competition.

Gophers hockey

Gopher men's hockey series at Penn State canceled

Penn State is dealing with positive COVID-19 tests.