The ASN Eight: Providence maintains top spot in college hockey poll


The more things change, the more we flip flop on our Elite Eight. A least, the bottom five.

While Providence, Boston College and Qunnipiac remain 1-2-3, the next five rankings aren’t so easy.

UMass Lowell dropped from fourth to sixth despite earning a shootout overtime victory over Brown at the first Friendship Four tournament in Ireland, but that’s only because NCHC leaders St. Cloud State and North Dakota each swept — and red-hot Harvard moves back into eighth. Omaha now has five sweeps on the season and looks unbeatable at its new home.

The NCAA considers UMass Lowell’s overtime shootout win a tie.


Providence College1. PROVIDENCE

Hockey East | 9-0-3 | Last week: 1

Third-period rally against stingy Yale extends unbeaten streak to 16 games.


hockeyeast-bostoncollege2. BOSTON COLLEGE

Hockey East | 12-1-0 | Last week: 2

Eleven straight wins, longest streak since 2013-2014 season.


ecac-quinnipiac3. QUINNIPIAC

ECAC | 13-0-2 | Last week: 3

Goalie Michael Garteig can notch school-record 60th win Friday against Yale.


nchc-stcloudstate4. ST. CLOUD STATE

NCHC | 11-3-0 | Last week: 5

Made school history with first-ever sweep at Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena.


nchc-northdakota5. NORTH DAKOTA

NCHC | 12-2-2 | Last week: 6

Four series sweeps; Cam Johnson back in the nets after injury.


hockeyeast-uml6. UMASS LOWELL

Hockey East | 10-1-4 | Last week: 4

The Beasts of Belfast, or Cardiac Kids, take your pick.


nchc-nebraskaomaha7. OMAHA

NCHC | 11-2-1 | Last week: 7

Best start in school history; unbeaten in new Baxter Arena.


ecac-harvard8. HARVARD

ECAC | | Last week: NR

Three straight wins by combined 11-1 margin since 4-0 loss to Quinnipiac.


Dropping out: Denver (8)

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Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu