MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team is No. 15 in both the USCHO.com top 20 poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the second consecutive week, after going toe-to-toe with top ranked University of Minnesota Duluth, Dec. 16-17.
At No. 15, this week marks the 12th consecutive week the Beavers have appeared in the USCHO.com poll in 2016-17 and the 144th time since making a move to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season. The Beavers have reached as high as No. 4 in the poll, Dec. 12, 2009, and have been ranked among top 20 teams for 41 weeks.
This week the Beavers earned 296 points to hold the No. 15 spot for the second straight week in the USCHO.com poll, while Dec. 16-17 opponent, the University of Minnesota Duluth remained in the top spot, garnering 35 of 50 first place votes and 982 points.
Bemidji State was also back in the No. 15 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, marking the eighth consecutive week BSU has made an appearance in the poll and 65 weeks receiving at least one vote since making the jump to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 1999-2000 season.
Minnesota Duluth was also atop the USA Today/USA Hockey Poll for the fifth straight week and seventh week this season. The Bulldogs took 30 of 34 first place votes.
The Beavers are the only WCHA representative in the USA Today/USA Hockey Poll, while Minnesota State University, Mankato, is No. 19 in the USCHO.com survey.
The Beavers, now 13-6-3 overall and 13-1-2-2 in league play, now breaks for the holidays. The team returns to action when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska Dec. 30 and 31 for a WCHA series.
The USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a joint production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college sports, including hockey, lacrosse, soccer and others, and CBS College Sports Networks, Inc., the only digital media company dedicated solely to college sports. CBS College Sports operates a 24-hour college sports cable network, also available via DISH and DirecTV satellite.
The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll, now in its 15th year, is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.