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NMU hockey comes in at No. 16, No. 15 in this week’s national polls
October 22, 2012 - Matt Wellens
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hockey team moved up one spot in this week’s USCHO.com poll from No. 17 to No. 16 while holding steady at No. 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, both of which were released Monday.
Northern (3-1-0) split at Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, losing 5-2 on Friday and winning 2-1 on Saturday behind 35 saves by junior goaltender Jared Coreau. Freshmen Darren Nowick and Ryan Aynsley and sophomores Reed Seckel and Ryan Daugherty had the goals for the weekend.
The Wildcats open their final season of CCHA play this weekend at the Berry Events Center in Marquette before returning to the WCHA after this season and NMU’s first three opponents all are ranked in the top 10 of both polls.
Notre Dame (3-1-0), which NMU hosts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, is ranked No. 9 in both polls. Next week’s opponent in Marquette, Michigan (2-1-0), is slotted at No. 6 in both polls, while both rankings agreed Miami (3-0-1) was No. 3 in the country.
The RedHawks, who host Northern on Nov. 9-10, received three first-place votes from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine voters and four first-place votes from USCHO.com pollsters.
Boston College (2-1-0), which was No. 3 in both polls a week ago, has replaced Minnesota (3-1-0) as the No. 1 team in both sets of rankings after beating UMass 5-4 in overtime on Friday and Northeastern 3-0 on Saturday.
The Gophers fell to No. 2 after splitting with Michigan Tech (2-2-0) in Houghton. The Huskies received 16 points in USCHO.com voting, but none in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
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