The hockey Bulldogs and Gophers took a few hits in the national rankings this week. In the USCHO poll, Minnesota and UMD are ranked second and third. In the USA Today poll, Duluth drops to third, but the Gophers remain number one.
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State of Hockey? You Betcha: Bulldogs, Gophers tops in national polls
The state of hockey -- Minnesota -- has a puck trifecta brewing. Right now, UMD is No. 1 in the latest USCHO and USA Today polls, with the Gophers right behind at No. 2. Trifecta? Don't forget, the Wild have the best record in the NHL right now.
Third ranked Gophers still a borderline NCAA Tournament team?
The latest USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine college hockey polls list the Gophers as the No. 3 team in the nation, behind UMD and Boston University. However, the Gophers are No. 13 in the PairWise rankings. If they fall any further they could end up as a bubble team to reach the NCAA Tournament.
U of M men's hockey ranked No. 1
The Golden Gophers men's hockey team is rank No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll. Their weekend sweep over SCSU pushed them back to No. 1 for the second time this season. The UMD Bulldogs are still ranked No. 1 in the USCHO poll, with the Gophers coming in at No. 2.
Gophers and Bulldogs are locks to make NCAA tournament field
The NCAA hockey tournament is right around the corner and making the field will be challenging for most teams, but not the Gophers and UMD Bulldogs. Both look like locks to make the field of 16, even if they don't receive an automatic bid by winning the WCHA Final Five.
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