Yes, there are already two college hockey polls for the men, but the new ASN poll trims the list to an elite eight for some fun and a change of pace.
We give the nod to defending national champion Providence as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Friars, who haven’t lost since 2-1 in overtime to New Hampshire, stretching their unbeaten streak to 10-0-1, are also No. 1 in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
Boston College, ranked second, is coming off a scoreless sweep of Maine. Providence (6-0-1) was idle last weekend.
A big litmus test for the Friars comes this weekend when it opens its Hockey East schedule with a home-and-home series against rival Boston University. The Terriers (5-3-0, 3-2-0), have won their past three games, a sweep over Northeastern and an overtime win over Denver. Friday’s game, a rematch of last season’s Frozen Four final, will be televised on ASN at 6 p.m. ET.
Boston College hosts Michigan State (4-3-1) in a non-conference game on Friday.