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North Dakota enters the break unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1).
Surging UND enters break ranked seventh, eighth
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Updated: Wednesday 12/17/2012 14:47:07 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota, unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1), will enter the Christmas break ranked No. 7 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

UND earned its first sweep of the season last weekend in Houghton, Mich., defeating Michigan Tech 6-1 and 4-1 to improve to 10-5-3 overall and 7-2-3 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play. The sweep enabled UND to jump one spot in the USCHO.com poll and maintain its spot in the USA Today rankings.

Both polls remained unchanged ahead of North Dakota, including top-ranked Boston College. In addition to BC, second-ranked New Hampshire and third-ranked Notre Dame also received first-place votes.

UND is now idle until hosting non-conference opponent Holy Cross at Ralph Engelstad Arena Jan. 4-5. The unanked Crusaders received 16 votes in the USCHO.com poll.

 

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll                          
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR                    
1. Boston College (44) 11-2-1 993 1                    
2. New Hampshire (4) 11-2-2 938 2                    
3. Notre Dame (2) 14-4-0 911 3                    
4. Minnesota 11-3-3 816 4                    
5. Miami 11-3-4 768 5                    
6. Boston University 10-5-0 737 6                    
7. North Dakota 10-5-3 675 8                    
8. Western Michigan 11-4-1 648 7                    
9. Quinnipiac 12-3-2 603 9                    
10. Dartmouth 7-2-2 525 10                    
11. Cornell 6-3-2 441 12                    
12. Nebraska Omaha 11-6-1 395 13                    
13. Union 8-3-4 391 14                    
14. Denver 9-6-3 343 11                    
15. Yale 7-3-2 321 15                    
16. St. Cloud State 11-7-0 296 17                    
17. Niagara 10-2-4 248 16                    
18. Minnesota State 10-6-2 204 20                    
19. Ferris State 7-7-3 50 19                    
20. Colgate 9-7-2 47 NR                    
                             
Others receiving votes: Providence 43, Holy Cross 16, Robert Morris 15, Ohio State 14, Colorado College 7, Lake Superior State 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 2, Michigan 2.
                             
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll                        
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR                    
1. Boston College (28) 11-2-1 503 1                    
2. New Hampshire (5) 11-2-2 473 2                    
3. Notre Dame (1) 14-4-0 443 3                    
4. Minnesota 11-3-3 392 4                    
5. Miami 11-3-4 366 5                    
6. Boston University 10-5-0 339 6                    
7. Western Michigan 11-4-1 285 7                    
8. North Dakota 10-5-3 284 8                    
9. Quinnipiac 12-3-2 247 9                    
10. Dartmouth 7-2-2 198 11                    
11. Cornell 6-3-2 148 12                    
12. Union 8-3-4 107 13                    
13. Nebraska Omaha 11-6-1 90 14                    
14. Yale 7-3-2 67 15                    
15. Denver 9-6-3 62 10                    
                             
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State 48, Niagara 15, Minnesota State 10, Providence 3.              
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