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SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division I Poll: Win or go home

As teams end their seasons, the pressure ratchets up for the remaining contenders

Cornell is sitting pretty for the NCAAs, but could use to keep winning.
Cornell Athletic Department

About half the country is done for the season at this point. At this point next week, half of the remaining teams will also be done.

1. Wisconsin (29-2-4), (12) 120 — Last Week: 1

• Last Week: W 7-0 v Minnesota State (Feb. 24), W 6-0 v Minnesota State (Feb. 25)

• Coming Week: v North Dakota (March 4), WCHA Championship (March 5)

Two games, two shutouts. The Badgers roll into the WCHA semifinals.

2. Minnesota-Duluth (24-5-5), 103— Last Week: 2

• Last Week: W 5-0 v St. Cloud State (Feb. 23), W 6-2 v St. Cloud State (Feb. 24)

• Coming Week: v Minnesota (March 4), WCHA Championship (March 5)

After sweeping the Huskies, Duluth gets to play in-state rival Minnesota. The Bulldogs have a home-ice spot in the NCAAs on the line.

3. Clarkson (27-4-5), 98 — Last Week: 3

• Last Week: W 4-1 v RPI (Feb. 24), W 5-2 v RPI (Feb. 25)

• Coming Week: v Princeton (March 4), ECAC Championship (March 5)

Clarkson has hit their stride late in the season and will be hosting the ECAC finals. First up is an on-the-edge Princeton team.

4. St. Lawrence (24-4-4), 78 — Last week: 5

• Last Week: W 4-1 v Yale (Feb. 24), W 4-1 v Yale (Feb. 25)

• Coming Week: v Cornell (March 4), ECAC Championship (March 5)

The Saints seem to have figured things out and now get to play Cornell again while they fight to host in the NCAAs.

5. Minnesota (25-6-5), 73— Last Week: 3

• Last Week: W 3-1 v Bemidji State (Feb. 24), L 1-2 v Bemidji State (Feb. 25), W 3-2 v Bemidji State (Feb. 26)

• Coming Week: v Minnesota-Duluth (March 4), WCHA Championship (March 5)

Each time it seems like the Gophers have their act together, they seem to have a hiccup. They struggled but moved on against Bemidji State, a team that always seems to be a factor in notable upsets. They now play a Duluth team that has two extra days’ rest.

6. Boston College (23-5-5), 66— Last Week: 6

• Last Week: W 4-0 v Merrimack (Feb. 23), W 1-0 v Merrimack (Feb. 24)

• Coming Week: v Vermont (March 4), HEA Championship (March 5)

The Eagles knocked Merrimack out of the playoffs before most of the rest of the country had started. They now get a Vermont team that has had some big upsets this season.

7. Cornell (19-7-5), 40— Last Week: 7

• Last Week: W 2-1 v Colgate (Feb. 24), W 1-0 v Colgate (Feb. 25)

• Coming Week: v St. Lawrence (March 4), ECAC Championship (March 5)

The Big Red are in the best position in the second tier for an at-large bid after sweeping fellow contender Colgate, earning them the title of Belles of the Ball. A win will put them in great position — barring a large number of upset tournament winners — but they could still make it in with a loss.

8. Princeton (20-9-3), 35 — Last Week: 9

• Last Week: L 2-3 3OT v Quinnipiac (Feb. 24), W 2-0 v Quinnipiac (Feb. 5), W 2-1 v Quinnipiac (Feb. 26)

• Coming Week: v Clarkson (March 4), ECAC Championship (March 5)

Princeton took Quinnipiac to a marathon Friday night and lost. They then came back to take the next two games and advance to the semifinals.

9. Robert Morris (22-4-6), 15 — Last Week: ARV

• Last Week: W 2-1 @ Lindenwood (Feb. 24), W 3-0 @ Lindenwood (Feb. 25)

• Coming Week: CHA Semifinals (March 3), CHA Championship (March 4)

The Colonials won the CHA regular season despite a tough end to their season. They now have a bye into the semifinals, where they will play the lowest remaining team. They will have to win the tournament in order to make the NCAAs.

10. Quinnipiac (21-10-6), 11 — Last Week: 8

• Last Week: W 3-2 3OT @ Princeton (2/24), L 0-2 @ Princeton (Feb. 25), L 1-2 @ Princeton (Feb. 26)

• Coming Week: No Games

Quinnipiac was playing for their season and took a scrappy 3OT win in game one but were then unable to close out the series.

Also Receiving Votes: Northeastern 8, Boston University 6, Colgate 5, North Dakota 2