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SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division 1 Poll: Mid-year trends

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With the nation taking a holiday break, it’s time to take stock of the first half

Anne-Renee Desbiens has the Badgers cemented atop the polls.
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At the college hockey season’s halfway point, trends continue to develop and certain teams are clearly standing out. Since our last look, at the five-week point, the more things have changed the more they have stayed the same.

Perfect Attendance

So far this season we have unveiled 12 polls. Six teams have appeared ranked in all of them: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colgate, Clarkson, Quinnipiac, and Boston College. Two more, Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota, have at least received votes in all 12 polls. In addition, Wisconsin and Minnesota have appeared on every ballot of every poll so far and been ranked first and second, respectively, every week.

Stairway to Heaven

St. Lawrence has been the surprise of the season. The only blemishes they have are a loss and a pair of ties to Clarkson. Other than the weekend they lost and tied to Clarkson, in ECAC play they have increased their vote totals in every successive week.

On Wisconsin

Other than a single ballot that had them inexplicably ranked 7th one week, the Badgers have never been ranked by any voters lower than second and have had six weeks as the unanimous number one.

Cruising Colonials

The team of the second quarter would have to be Robert Morris. The Colonials have jumped out to a commanding lead in the CHA. They have been gaining votes each week since starting to receive votes again in week seven, first being ranked ninth in week 11.

Not So Easy ECAC

The ECAC has had at least four teams ranked every week of this poll and has had as many as five. The WCHA has had a number of weeks with only three, while Hockey East peaked at three. Only one CHA team has been ranked and that is Robert Morris, who has been at ninth for two weeks, Syracuse and Mercyhurst have combined for three votes.

Weekly Voting Breakdown

This table represents the percentage of possible votes a team has received each week. 100% means the team received all of the first-place votes. Every 10 percentage points lower is the equivalent of receiving all of the votes for that place, whether by actually receiving those votes or by the votes averaging to that position. A blank box means the team received no votes that week or the week before.