This week saw a shakeup on the top of the poll — and such utter chaos at the bottom that things are changing up a bit. With only two weeks left before the playoffs begin, tensions are ratcheting up some more.
1. Clarkson (23-3-1), 122 (8) — Last Week: 2
• Last Week: W 4-1 v Syracuse (Jan. 30), W 4-0 v Brown (Feb. 2), W 2-1 v Yale (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: @ Princeton (Feb. 9), @ Quinnipiac (Feb. 10)
The Golden Knights are riding high. With the surprise self-destruction of the Wisconsin Badgers, Clarkson has taken over the top spot while locking up home ice in the ECAC. There is no path to clinching the top spot this weekend, but a sweep will leave them in great position come the final weekend.
2. Wisconsin (26-1-1), 120 (3) — Last Week: 1
• Last Week: L 0-1 @ Ohio State (Feb. 2), L 1-3 @ Ohio State (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: @ Minnesota-Duluth (Feb. 9, Feb. 10)
A shocking weekend sweep leaves the Badgers with their second-lowest vote share of the season. This weekend a Duluth team that swept the Buckeyes two weeks ago will play host to Wisconsin as Bucky tries to recover.
3. Boston College (24-2-3), 108 (2) — Last Week: 3
• Last Week: No Games
• Coming Week: v Northeastern (Feb. 6), v New Hampshire (Feb. 10)
A nice weekend off for the Eagles while the rest of Hockey East imploded. This week brings the Beanpot to Chestnut Hill as Northeastern will be visiting.
4. Colgate (23-4-1), 90 — Last Week: 4
• Last Week: W 5-1 @ Dartmouth (Feb. 2), W 4-0 @ Harvard (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: v Brown (Feb. 9), v Yale (Feb. 10)
A home ice spot has been locked up, and the top spot is still with reach. This week the Raiders host two teams that are imminently beatable.
5. Ohio State (17-7-4), 76 — Last Week: 6
• Last Week: W 1-0 v Wisconsin (Feb. 2), W 3-1 v Wisconsin (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: @ Minnesota State (Feb. 9, Feb. 10)
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been only the second team to beat Wisconsin, making them the Belles of the Ball again. Now Ohio State must not avoid falling into the trap of losing to a bad team again. The Buckeyes are the only other team to hold a chance at the WCHA crown, though that thread is precariously thin.
6. Cornell (13-7-2), 64 — Last Week: 5
• Last Week: T 2-2 OT @ Harvard (Feb. 2), W 3-1 @ Dartmouth (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: v Syracuse (Feb. 6), v Yale (Feb. 9), v Brown (Feb. 10)
Tying Harvard was not what the Big Red had planned. The loss leaves them eliminated from the top seed race and reduces the margin for home ice tremendously. This week brings two Ivy League contests; a win in either one will clinch that crown.
7. St. Lawrence (14-9-3), 49 — Last week: 8
• Last Week: W 4-2 v Yale (Feb. 2), W 5-1 v Brown (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: @ Quinnipiac (Feb. 9), @ Princeton (Feb. 10)
The Saints are chugging along and can almost clinch home ice this weekend.
8. Minnesota (19-8-2), 37 — Last Week: 7
• Last Week: T 3-3 OT (0-1 SOL) @ St. Cloud State (Feb. 2), W 5-2 @ St. Cloud State (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: No Games
The Golden Gophers will be licking their wounds during the week off before traveling to Madison. With no chance at the top spot, all that is left for Minnesota is jockeying for second with Ohio State.
9. Robert Morris (15-6-4), 20 — Last Week: T-10
• Last Week: No Games
• Coming Week: v Lindenwood (Feb. 9, Feb. 10)
Sitting idle was the best course of action this past weekend, landing the Colonials back in the poll.
10. Maine (17-9-4), 14 — Last Week: ARV
• Last Week: T 2-2 v New Hampshire (Feb. 2), W 3-0 v New Hampshire (Feb. 3)
• Coming Week: @ Providence (Feb. 10, Feb. 11)
Maine squeaks into the poll despite tying New Hampshire due to the disastrous weekends of the teams behind them. This weekend will see the Black Bears traveling to Providence with a chance to lock up the second seed in Hockey East.
Also Receiving Votes: Northeastern 8, Providence 5, Bemidji State 1, Merrimack 1