The ASN Eight: Providence, lone unbeaten, alone atop hockey poll
Unbeaten, that is.
For the sixth consecutive week defending national champion Providence sits atop ASN’s Elite Eight hockey poll and is now the lone unbeaten team in NCAA Division men’s college hockey.
Former No. 2 Quinnipiac suffered its first loss of the season on its final game before the holiday break, a 4-1 loss to Boston University, and dropped to third.
North Dakota, riding a six-game win streak, moved into the second spot while St. Cloud State slipped into fourth after a road sweep at Denver.
Boston College dropped from third to sixth following a 4-3 loss to Notre Dame. The Eagles led 3-1 in the third before falling for the second time this season.
ASN has an ECAC feel to the Elite Eight this week, with one-loss Cornell making its first appearance and Harvard returning behind a five-game unbeaten streak.
The ASN Eight
Conference: Hockey East | Record: 12-0-3 | Last week: 1
Unbeaten streak at 19 games (16-0-3) dating back to last season.
2. NORTH DAKOTA
Conference: NCHC | Record: 16-2-2 | Last week: 3
Three shutouts in past four games against NCHC powers UMD and Denver.
Conference: ECAC | Record: 15-1-2 | Last week: 2
Leads nation in defense, yielding just 1.37 goals per game.
4. ST. CLOUD STATE
Conference: NCHC | Record: 14-4 | Last week: 6
Senior forward Kalle Kossila scores five of Huskies’ 11 goals in first sweep at Denver since 1997.
Conference: NCHC | Record: 12-3-1 | Last week: 5
Plenty of time to get healthy with Arizona State up this week. exhibition vs. Trinity Western Jan. 2 before resuming conference play Jan. 8.
6. BOSTON COLLEGE
Conference: Hockey East | Record: 13-2-1 | Last week: 3
1-1-1 last three games; faces Ohio St. Dec. 28 in Florida College Classic.
Conference: ECAC | Record: 8-1-2 | Last week: Unranked
Lone loss was in overtime on Nov. 7 to Quinnipiac; opens Florida College Classic Dec. 28 against Providence.
Conference: ECAC | Record: 6-1-3 | Last week: Unranked
Goalie Merrick Madsen leads nation with .966 save percentage and .978 goals-against average.
Dropping out: UMass Lowell (10-3-4, didn’t play last weekend, previously 7th); Minnesota Duluth (7-7-3, shutout twice at home by North Dakota, previously 8th)
Above: Providence is the last unbeaten college hockey team in the nation. (Courtesy of Friars.com)