Penn State Hockey had yet another important conference matchup this past weekend, splitting a series with Michigan State (4-3 W) and (3-7 L). The Nittany Lions dropped only one spot from No. 6 to No. 7 in the USCHO rankings, following this weekend’s action.
Movement Around the Polls
The top 10 kept similar compared to last week, with a couple of teams moving down the ladder in Michigan and Minnesota State.
The Wolverines went from No. 3 to No. 5 after being swept by the No. 2 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers by scores of (5-2) and (6-3). It was a statement game for both heavyweight programs, attempting to make a case for why either of them can compete with the University of Denver at the No. 1 spot.
Minnesota State dropped two spots from #8 to #10 after a competitive stance with unranked Northern Michigan, splitting the series with scores of (2-3 OT loss) and (4-1 W), handing out the Maverick’s first conference loss this season.
Minnesota State has another conference opponent coming up in Michigan Tech for a Friday/Saturday series.
The Huskies stand right below them with a 4-2-2 conference record, good for third in the CCHA. Michigan Tech is currently unranked, so a Husky win would deem Minnesota State as less of a threat to the Nittany Lions moving forward.
Another tough matchup affecting the Lions includes No. 9 ranked Harvard vs. No. 5 ranked Michigan. Ideally, the Wolverines drop one to the Crimson, making a case for Penn State Hockey to finally crack the top five.
Before all things considered, Penn State Hockey will look to sweep Alaska Fairbanks this Tuesday/Wednesday, rooting for sluggish post-thanksgiving games for Michigan and Minnesota State.
Poll Prediction: Penn State Moves Back to No. 6
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