For the first time since October 27, 2014, Minnesota men’s and women’s ice hockey teams top the USCHO.com poll, after the women’s team moved up from # 2 in the previous ranking.
The men’s Gophers team retained first place after sharing a two-game series with No. 12 Wisconsin over the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The Gophers suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday and lost 1-3 before bouncing back and winning 5-3 on Sunday.
Coach Bob Motzko’s group is now 11-1 in the season (9-1 Big Ten) and has been the nation’s top-ranked team for almost a month. In the last poll, she received 31 out of 40 votes in first place. The 2014-15 group – the last Gophers team to top the national rankings – won both the Big Ten conference and the Big Ten tournament before falling to Minnesota Duluth in their first NCAA tournament game.
The Gophers women’s team climbed to # 1 for the first time of the season on Monday after playing three games at St. Cloud State over the weekend. It received 12 out of 15 votes in first place in the poll.
The Gophers (8-1) face their toughest matchup of the season this weekend and travel to Madison to take on a Border Battle series with the # 2 Badgers – the team they jumped on the leaderboard are. The Badgers are 4-2 that season and most recently shared a streak with the No. 3 state of Ohio.
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