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Union up to 2nd in NCAA hockey poll

Union up to 2nd in NCAA hockey poll

Union will head to this weekend’s ECAC Hockey tournament championship round in Lake Placid a stride

Union will head to this weekend’s ECAC Hockey tournament championship round in Lake Placid a stride away from the top spot in the country.

The Dutchmen (26-6-4) moved up from third to second in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday. The ECACH regular-season champions received 14 of 50 first-place votes and earned 945 points. It’s the highest ranking ever for the Dutchmen. They had been No. 3 in the poll since Feb. 10. The last two weeks, the Dutchmen received one first-place vote.

Union moved past Boston College. Over the weekend, the Dutchmen swept their best-of-three quarterfinal series against 10th-seeded Dartmouth by scores of 3-0 and 4-2, while the Eagles, the Hockey East regular-season champions, were eliminated by eight-seeded Notre Dame in Game 3 of the quarterfinals Sunday, 4-2. BC fell to third.

Minnesota of the Big Ten remained first in the poll. The Gophers (25-5-6), who split a weekend series with Michigan, got 36 first-place votes and 986 points.

Union also moved up to second in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll. It received seven of 34 first-place votes and 451 points. Minnesota is first with 27 first-place votes and 503 points.

The Dutchmen, who are seeking a third straight ECACH tournament title, will face fourth-seeded Cornell in the first semifinal game at 4 p.m. at 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena. Second-seeded Colgate takes on third-seeded Quinnipiac at 7:30 p.m. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll

1 Minnesota (36) 25- 5-6 986 1

2 Union (14) 26- 6-4 945 3

3 Boston College 26- 7-4 899 2

4 Ferris State 27- 9-3 826 6

5 Quinnipiac 24- 8-6 774 6

6 Wisconsin 22-10-2 750 5

7 Massachusetts-Lowell 23-10-4 676 8

8 St. Cloud State 21-10-5 624 4

9 Providence 21- 9-6 611 9

10 Notre Dame 23-13-2 606 11

11 North Dakota 22-12-3 498 10

12 Michigan 18-12-4 419 13

13 Cornell 17- 9-5 408 12

14 Colgate 19-12-5 338 17

15 Minnesota State 24-13-1 320 18

16 Vermont 20-14-3 247 15

17 Northeastern 19-14-4 177 14

18 New Hampshire 21-17-1 141 NR

19 Western Michigan 19-14-5 109 NR

20 Yale 17-11-5 93 16

Others receiving votes: Denver 19, Mercyhurst 13, Maine 5, Minnesota-Duluth 5, Ohio State 5, Clarkson 2, Miami 2, Bowling Green 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week’s Ranking

1. Minnesota, 503 (27) 1

2. Union, 451 (7) 3

3. Boston College, 439 2

4. Ferris State, 404 6

5. Quinnipiac, 369 7

6. Wisconsin, 331 5

7. UMass Lowell, 288 8

8. Notre Dame, 260 11

9. Providence, 246 10

10. St. Cloud State, 221 4

11. North Dakota, 165 9

12. Michigan, 140 13

13. Cornell, 117 12

14. Colgate, 59 RV

15. Minnesota State, 56 RV

Others receiving votes: Northeastern, 12; Vermont, 9; Yale, 6; New Hampshire, 3; Western Michigan, 1.

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