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

Down on the Wild? Minnesota boasts two No. 1 teams.
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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).

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