Week 5 NCAA Poll – Stay the Course

As many of you know I’m one of the voters for the SB Nation Women’s Hockey poll. Here’s this week’s poll results and my votes.

1. Wisconsin (-), (17) 179 — My vote: 1

They play Minnesota State this weekend so the top will likely remain unchanged.

2. Minnesota (-), 152 — My vote: 2

Minnesota struggled with Ohio State, who also tied Wisconsin. I’m not sure what this means exactly but the top two may be closer to the pack than we all think.

3. Minnesota-Duluth (-), 122 — My vote: 3

The Bulldogs probably would have liked the sweep versus Bemidji State, but five of six points is a good weekend. They’ll be tested against Ohio State. A sweep would solidify their place both nationally and in the WCHA.

4. Boston College (+2), 94 — My vote: 4

I made the comment that Boston College would probably remind us that they’re pretty good against Quinnipiac and they came through. The games were close for the most part but the Eagles looked to be pretty consistently better than the Bobcats. We’ll see them return to conference play with a home and home against Connecticut.

5. Colgate (-), 82 — My vote: 6

I’ve waned a bit on Colgate. I feel like they haven’t quite gotten it all figured out yet. Last weekend’s win and draw were good performances against a decent Syracuse team but they left me wanting a little more. They begin ECAC play with what should be a fairly easy test, at RPI and Union.

6. Quinnipiac (-2), 80 — My vote: 5

The top five in the ECAC feel pretty packed together. I’m not sure Colgate is the best among them but I’m not sure they’re not either. Quinnipiac is a team that lacks explosiveness in terms of blowing opponents out, but also rarely gives away points in games they should win. Their sheer survivability may get them to the top of the conference.

7. Saint Lawrence (-), 72 — My vote: 7

I have to weigh what I think versus what I’ve seen. I think St. Lawrence might be the most talented team in the ECAC. What I’ve seen is inconclusive. It’s difficult to use their games against Northeastern, Clarkson, and Vermont as measuring sticks when everyone has played so few games.

8. Clarkson (-), 62 — My vote: 9

Clarkson seems to be continually finding their way. Due to losses in graduation they feel like a team that will start slow and come on late. If this is a top-four team in-conference, they’ll sweep Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.

9. Princeton (+1), 42 — My vote: 8

Princeton turned two bad starts into two solid wins this past weekend. Blowing out Providence isn’t too much to get excited about, but it’s a good sign. I’m deeply interested in their Saturday game against Yale. I want to see if the Bulldogs are as good as they looked against RIT.

10. Bemidji State (NR), 25 — My vote: NR

The Beavers just don’t impress me continuing to get outshot and failing to rack up quality wins.


Also Receiving Votes: North Dakota 17, Northeastern 12, Cornell 2 (my vote: 10), Ohio State 1, Merrimack 1, Boston University 1

Dropped out: Maine, Mercyhurst, Robert Morris

Cornell impressed me a bit more than the rest of the teams so I gave them the number ten spot.

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