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SB Nation’s NCAA Poll: Welcome Back

Teams are playing hockey again after a few weeks off. The weekend featured a pair of matchups between teams in our poll and they did not disappoint.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: JAN 02 Womens - Quinnipiac at Wisconsin
Wisconsin goalie Kennedy Blair.
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We have returned from the holiday break and many teams are back in action, the next week should see the rest back on the ice.

1. Wisconsin (18-1-3), 90 (9) — Last poll: 1

  • Last week: W 5-2 v Quinnipiac (1/1), T 1-1 OT v Quinnipiac (1/2)
  • Coming Week: No Games

The Badgers have put themselves squarely in the drivers seat for the top seed in the tournament this year that for the first time will not have geography play a role in addition to the expanded field which will certainly help them en route to likely yet another national title. This week saw them play host to a very good Quinnipiac team taking the weekend and earning the title of ‘Belles of the Ball’ once again. Wisconsin will now take the week off.

2. Ohio State (15-3-0), 78 — Last poll: 2

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v Lindenwood (1/7, 1/8)

The Buckeyes return to action next week but will not be challenging themselves as they play host to Lindenwood to start the calendar year.

3. Quinnipiac (15-2-3), 67 — Last poll: 5

  • Last week: L 2-5 @ Wisconsin (1/1), T 1-1 OT @ Wisconsin (1/2)
  • Coming Week: v St. Lawrence (1/7), v Clarkson (1/8)

The Bobcats could say they were a little unlikely to only get a tie out of the weekend but they just couldn’t hang with the defending champs, the results were good enough to move them up in the poll though. This weekend brings a pair of conference foes to Hamden.

4. Minnesota (14-5-1), 62 — Last poll: T-3

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v St. Thomas (1/8), @ St. Thomas (1/9)

The Gophers will compete in a rare WCHA home-and-home series as the take on the Tommies.

5. Northeastern (16-2-1), 61 — Last poll: T-3

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v Merrimack (1/7), @ Merrimack (1/8)

Northeastern looks to continue their winning ways as they play Merrimack.

6. Minnesota-Duluth (11-7-0), 43 — Last poll: 6

  • Last week: W 5-2 @ Harvard (12/31), W 4-3 @ Harvard (1/1)
  • Coming Week: @ St. Cloud State (1/7, 1/8)

The Bulldogs traveled east and were able to take both games against Harvard. They now head up to St. Cloud for two games.

7. Colgate (15-4-1), 40 — Last poll: 7

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v Harvard (1/7), v Dartmouth (1/8)

Colgate will get a pair of ECAC games as they look to get back to the top of the table.

8. Yale (10-3-1), 26 — Last poll: 8

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v Sacred Heart (1/4), v Union (1/7), v Rensselaer (1/8)

Yale will open this week with a game against Sacred Heart before a pair of games from he bottom of the ECAC.

9. Clarkson (15-2-3), 12 — Last poll: 10

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: @ Princeton (1/7), @ Quinnipiac (1/8)

The Golden Knights have a chance to move back to the top of the ECAC when they travel to Quinnipiac, they have to take care of business against Princeton first though.

10. Harvard (9-5-0), 8 — Last poll: 9

  • Last week: L 2-5 v Minnesota-Duluth (12/31), L 3-4 v Minnesota-Duluth (1/1)
  • Coming Week: @ Colgate (1/7), @ Cornell (1/8)

Harvard looks to rebound after a pair of tough losses against Duluth as they head over to New York for a tough pair of games.

Also Receiving Votes: Providence 7, Princeton 1