SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division I Poll: Slow start

The season is somewhat underway, as most teams have either cancelled their season, had it postponed, or just haven’t been able to get an opponent on their schedule yet. It could be weeks before every team that wants to play will have played a game.

We finally have some games in hand and we can start to get a picture of the nation. Some teams have not started yet, either due to scheduling, cases of coronavirus, or a combination of the two. At this time schedules are in flux, and teams are switching opponents all over the place. While some changes have been rumored, we will be going with what is announced on to fill our upcoming games.

T-1. Northeastern (0-0-0), 85 (5) — Last poll: 1

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: v Providence (11/27), @ Providence (11/28)/

The Huskies haven’t played a game yet but lost some ground this week in the polls. Currently Providence is on there schedule but the Friars are also on Boston College’s website.

T-1. Wisconsin (0-0-0), 85 (4) — Last poll: 2

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: @ Ohio State (11/27, 11/28)/

Wisconsin also hasn’t started but gained ground on NU while they were idle. The will open on the road against the Buckeyes team that handed them a loss in last year’s WCHA title game.

3. Ohio State (1-1-0), 69 — Last poll: 3

  • Last Week: L 0-4 @ Minnesota (11/21), W 2-1 @ Minnesota (11/22)
  • Coming Week: v Wisconsin (11/27, 11/28)/

A tough split against the Gophers saw OSU lose some ground as Minnesota charges up behind them. Next weekend sees the Badgers come to town in a pair of games that will be crucial for late season seeding.

4. Minnesota (1-1-0), 66 — Last poll: 4

  • Last week: W 4-0 v Ohio State (11/21), L 1-2 v Ohio State (11/22)
  • Coming Week: @ Minnesota-Duluth (11/27, 11/28)/

After dominating in game one, game two saw the Gophers slip a little causing the series to be split. Minnesota will now have to travel up north to Duluth for a pair that will see a historic rivalry renewed.

5. Clarkson (0-0-0), 46 — Last poll: 5

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: No Games/

After the ECAC lost eight of their schools this season, scheduling has been tough. The only games on Clarkson’s schedule are Dec. 4 and 5 at Quinnipiac.

6. Minnesota-Duluth (2-0-0), 37 — Last poll: 6

  • Last week: W 5-0 v Minnesota State (11/20), W 7-3 v Minnesota State (11/21)
  • Coming Week: v Minnesota (11/27, 11/28)/

While the final score shows a pair of big wins, the second game was a little closer than it ended up being. The coming weekend will be a much bigger test when they play host to the Gophers.

7. Boston University (0-0-0), 33— Last poll: 7

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: No Games/

The Terriers are still idle and do not have anything on the calendar for next week.

8. Boston College (2-0-0), 31 — Last poll: 9

  • Last week: W 6-2 @ New Hampshire (11/20), W 4-1 v New Hampshire (11/21)
  • Coming Week: No Games/

The Eagles would appear to be back. After a four goal debut performance for one of their newcomers in the opener, they dominated the Wildcats on home ice despite a soft goal allowed. The clear show of power and the excitement this team showed has earned this year’s first ‘Belle’s of the Ball’ title. They are currently slated to have a week off but might get a pair of conference games in.

9. Colgate (2-0-0), 19 — Last poll: 8

  • Last week: W 3-2 OT @ Syracuse (11/20), W 3-1 v Syracuse (11/21)
  • Coming Week: v Sacred Heart (11/27, 11/28)/

Not the start the Raiders would like as it took third period goals in both games to get the results. Despite the lack of good optics they still got the wins. This weekend will bring independent Sacred Heart to Hamilton which should be a pair of easy wins.

10. Quinnipiac (0-0-0), 16 — Last poll: 10

  • Last week: No Games
  • Coming Week: No Games /

Quinnipiac won’t hit the ice until December, as they have a weekend series against ECAC opponents Clarkson on the 4th and 5th and then host Sacred Heart (NEWHA) the weekend after.

Also Receiving Votes: Mercyhurst 6, Robert Morris 2