Minnesota-Duluth kept the top spot in both rankings, and the 20-team USCHO.com poll has Boston University second, Boston College third and Minnesota fourth, while the 15-team USA Today poll puts Minnesota second, Boston third and Boston College fourth. Denver is 15th in both polls, and North Dakota is 17th in the USCHO.com poll.
The Tigers (13-8-1, 10-6 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) play at Minnesota (16-8-1, 12-4) this weekend, in third place in the WCHA – four points in back of the Gophers and Minnesota-Duluth. It marks their final trip to Minneapolis for the foreseeable future, as CC won’t travel to Mariucci Arena (above) next season, and there are no plans for the teams to meet in nonconference games after they both depart the WCHA for the 2013-14 season.
“It’s a tough place to play,” said CC coach Scott Owens, who staged a shortened practice Monday, with only 12 players on the ice at World Arena. “We’ve had some good games there. Two teams that like to skate. We’ve had some big games there. … There are a lot of friends and family. There are a lot of kids that play hockey that track it there.”
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