This is about as much shakeup as I can recall seeing inÃ‚Â a singleÃ‚Â USCHO women’s poll. This kind of thing happens regularly on the men’s side, so it’s a good thing to see.
I’ll admit I’m a little surprised that the Gophers jumped four spots, as impressive as the UMD sweep was. Though it’s natural that a team that ties Wisconsin one week, splits unranked Ohio State the next week, and then sweeps UMD the following week, is going to beÃ‚Â tough to place.
One last point — Boston College and Princeton mustÃ‚Â have stronger results than any No. 9 and No. 10 pair ever in the history of the poll at this point of the season. Both teams have a win against a team ranked above them, and no losses to teams rankedÃ‚Â below them. In some ways, the Eagles and Tigers have proven themselves more than UMD or Harvard to date, as last week was the firstÃ‚Â top 10Ã‚Â test for both the Bulldogs and Crimson. However, expectations for all the current top eight were high this season, between the reigning Frozen Four teams and the Olympic boosts to Dartmouth, Harvard, UMD, and Mercyhurst. So it’ll take aÃ‚Â few more resultsÃ‚Â before enough voters are willing to boost BCÃ‚Â or Princeton into the top eight.