The ASN Eight: Providence remains atop college hockey poll


There wasn’t much movement at the top of the polls this week, but there were some crazy results.

The top three teams — Providence, Boston College and Quinnipiac — remained the same in the ASN Eight, USCHO and USA Today/USA Magazine polls. But for the first time they were the only schools receiving first-place votes in the USCHO poll. North Dakota picked up three first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Magazine poll.

Quinnipiac, 11-0-2, remains unbeaten but not untied. The Bobcats fought to a 1-1 tie against unranked Clarkson on Friday and failed to score Saturday in a 0-0 tie against St. Lawrence, which climbed one spot to No. 14 this week in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Magazine polls. Through 11 games the Bobcats had scored 51 goals.

In the ASN Eight, North Dakota dropped from fourth to sixth while St. Cloud State moved to fifth from seventh and UMass Lowell climbed to No. 4.

In the PairWise Rankings, Quininipiac is ranked No. 1, St. Cloud State is second followed by Providence, Omaha and Boston College. PairWise, by its own definition, is a system that attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the Division I tournament.

The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the RPI.



Above: Providence remained No. 1 in the polls for the third consecutive week. (Courtesy of

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu