ASN Eight: Providence holds on to top spot in college hockey poll

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It is basically a coin flip at the top of the ASN Eight poll.

Providence, Boston College and Quinnipiac all have legitimate claims to No. 1, and No. 4 North Dakota could be back in the hunt if it takes care of business on the road this weekend at No. 5 St. Cloud State.

The Friars remained No. 1 in all three polls — the ASN Eight, and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

The high-octane Huskies are the biggest poll movers in Week 2, rising two spots to No. 5. All we can say is if your team ever goes to Kalamazoo and hangs 16 goals on scrappy Western Michigan — 11 in one game — like St. Cloud State did, we’ll move your team up, too.

Denver is in at No. 8 simply because they are the best 3 1/2-loss team in the nation. Half? Yep. The Pioneers lost to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCHC’s first 3-on-3 double overtime, officially giving them a tie in the standings.

Denver is good, but don’t take our word for it, check out the Pioneers Friday night on ASN when they travel to former WCHA rival Wisconsin in the nightcap of our televised doubleheader.

Game 1 Friday on ASN promises to be just as exciting: Boston University, which battled No 1 Providence to weekend ties in their rematch of last year’s Frozen Four title game, plays host to Big Ten power Michigan.


Above: Providence has earned its first regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1983. (Courtesy of

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu