Numerous Upsets Cause Huge Shake-Up in Hockey Polls

Western Michigan swept then #13 Miami this week. Where did both teams find themselves in this week's polls? - GS Photo

After a busy week on the ice, there was a lot of shuffling in the USCHO and USA Today polls. See how far Miami fell and if Western Michigan or Bowling Green cracked the in-season rankings for the first time this season.

After last weekend's action, we knew we'd see a noticeable shake-up in both the USCHO and USA Today polls. 5 teams failed to win a game on the weekend, a couple teams earned sweeps, while another 5 split games. A couple teams knocking on the door earned big wins as well, hoping to jump up into the standings.

Today, both polls came out and as expected, Miami dropped out of the rankings for both polls, falling to 21st in the USCHO poll and xx in the USA Today poll. They were previously 13th in both polls.

Both Western Michigan and Bowling Green saw jumps in votes in both polls, having risen from 1 vote each in the USCHO poll and nothing in the USA Today poll. Western Michigan sits at 23rd in the USCHO poll with 30 points while Bowling Green saw a less modest rise, getting just 6 points this week.

Now here's the crazy part. For sweeping then #13 Miami, Western Michigan still was shut-out in the USA Today poll. The RedHawks fell fairly hard, only garnering 5 points this week in the poll of 34 voters. Bowling Green got 3 points for earning 3 of 4 points against Alaska-Fairbanks.

Some more interesting things to point start with Michigan falling just 5 spots in the USCHO poll despite suffering a 4-game losing streak right now. UMass-Lowell failed to win this weekend, but played some solid teams and didn't see much of a fall. Same goes for Union.

Below are the full polls, starting with the USCHO poll

Rank Team Record Pts (1st place votes) LW
1 Minnesota 14-2-3 997 (48) 1
2 Ferris State 17-3-3 935 (1) 3
3 St. Cloud State 12-3-3 865 (1) 2
4 Boston College 14-4-3 853 5
5 Quinnipiac 17-3-5 819 7
6 Union 13-4-3 760 4
7 Providence 13-5-4 642 6
8 Yale 8-3-4 613 10
9 Wisconsin 13-6-1 559 14
10 UMass-Lowell 14-6-1 546 9
11 Northeastern 13-6-4 496 16
12 Cornell 8-4-3 436 12
13 Michigan 10-6-2 428 8
14 Clarkson 13-7-3 352 11
15 Notre Dame 12-8-1 345 15
16 Denver 11-7-4 208 17
17 New Hampshire 13-10-1 148 20
18 Vermont 11-7-3 143 18
19 Maine 11-7-2 89 NR
20 North Dakota 11-7-2 81 NR

Receiving votes: Miami 75, Ohio State 40, Western Michigan 30, Colgate 18, Bowling Green 6, Lake Superior State 6, Mercyhurst 5, Bentley 3, Air Force 2

Dropped out: #13 Miami, #19 Lake Superior State

Rank Team Record Pts (1st place votes) LW
1 Minnesota 14-2-3 509 (33) 1
2 Ferris State 17-3-3 464 (1) 3
3 Boston College 14-4-3 423 4
4 St. Cloud State 12-3-3 420 2
5 Quinnipiac 17-3-5 377 7
6 Union 13-4-3 342 5
7 Providence 13-5-4 259 6
8 Yale 8-3-4 240 10
9 Wisconsin 13-6-1 208 14
10 UMass-Lowell 14-6-1 197 9
11 Northeastern 13-6-4 156 NR
12 Cornell 8-4-3 135 12
13 Michigan 10-6-2 132 9
14 Clarkson 13-7-3 86 11
15 Notre Dame 12-8-1 84 15

Receiving votes: Denver 19, New Hampshire 13, Miami 5, Bowling Green 3, North Dakota 3, Vermont 3, Colgate 1, Minnesota-Duluth 1

Dropped out: #13 Miami

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