Press-Republican

December 4, 2012

Deja vu for hockey Cardinals?


Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — How is that you can play the No. 1 team in the nation in back-to-back games and yet not be facing the same opponent?

It’s a riddle the Plattsburgh State Cardinals can answer and are hoping to solve in their favor Friday night when they entertain the Norwich University Cadets in their final game of the first semester.

Norwich regained the top spot in the latest United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Men’s Div. III poll out Monday and the Cadets did it with a big assist from the Cardinals. Plattsburgh State took down previously top-ranked SUNY Oswego on Saturday with a 2-1 victory on the road.

That sets up a showdown with Norwich for Friday at Stafford Arena with Plattsburgh looking to make it two in a row over the No. 1 team in the nation.

Oswego, which had held top billing for two weeks, slipped to No. 2 in the latest poll. Norwich picked up 18 first-place votes and 298 points to easily move past the Lakers, who still managed to garner two first-place nods and 275 points.

Plattsburgh remained No. 7, but went from 172 points last week to 195 Monday. No doubt the tie with Cortland on Friday kept the Cardinals from cracking the top five.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire stayed No. 3 while Hobart College, 10-0-2, jumped two places from sixth to fourth. Adrian College, 9-0—0, dropped from fourth to fifth.

USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll

Dec. 03, 2012

Team (Votes) w-l-t Pts Last

1 Norwich (18) 9-0-0 298 2

2 Oswego (2) 8-1-0 275 1

3 Wis-Eau Claire 10-1-1 236 3

4 Hobart 10-0-2 228 6

5 Adrian 9-0-0 216 4

6 St. Norbert 8-2-1 204 5

7 Plattsburgh 7-2-1 195 7

8 Bowdoin 6-0-1 165 8

9 Utica 7-2-0 128 10

10 Wis-Superior 8-2-1 103 12

11 Middlebury 3-1-2 92 11

12 Amherst 4-2-1 91 8

13 Manhattanville 7-2-1 61 15

14 Milwaukee School 6-3-1 27 15

15 St. Thomas 6-5-1 25 13

Others receiving votes: Plymouth State 14, Bethel 7, Gustavus Adolphus 7, Trinity 7, Wisconsin-River Falls 7, Wisconsin-Stout 7, Castleton 4, New England College 2, Geneseo 1.

Card women lose ground

The unbeaten Plattsburgh women lost one vote and eight points off their USCHO.com Div. III poll lead, despite a pair of 5-0 victories over Buffalo State over the weekend.

The Cardinals, 9-0-1, received 11 first-place votes and 146 points while Gustavus Adolphus gained a vote, giving the Gusties, 7-0-0, four and 133 points.

Plattsburgh closes out first-semester play Friday at Manhattanville College, ranked seventh in the new poll.

There was little movement in the poll with Wisconsin-River Falls taking sole possession of sixth from Wisconsin-Superior. Wisconsin-Stevens Point checked in at No. 10, replacing St. Thomas.

USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll

Dec. 03, 2012

Team (votes) w-l-t Pts Last

1 Plattsburgh (11) 9-0-1 146 1

2 Gustavus Adolphus (4) 7-0-0 133 2

3 Norwich 6-1-2 117 3

4 Middlebury 4-1-1 104 4

5 Elmira 10-1-1 99 5

6 Wisconsin-River Falls 5-2-2 57 6

7 Wisconsin-Superior 6-3-0 51 6

8 Manhattanville 6-2-1 44 8

9 Adrian 9-2-0 26 9

10 Wis-Stevens Point 6-2-2 19 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Thomas 6, Trinity 6, Amherst 5, Bethel 4, Bowdoin 3, Concordia (Minn.) 2, Hamilton 2.

UNH men lead Div. I

The University of New Hampshire and Boston College traded spots in the new Div. I rankings for men with the Huskies taking over the top spot.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

Dec. 03, 2012

Team (Votes) w-l-t Pts Last

1 New Hampshire (31) 11-1-2 977 2

2 Boston College (19) 11-2-0 965 1

3 Miami 9-2-3 883 4

4 Minnesota 10-3-2 806 3

5 Notre Dame 11-4-0 791 6

6 Denver 9-4-1 674 5

7 Boston University 8-5-0 644 9

7 Western Michigan 8-3-1 644 10

9 North Dakota 7-5-2 636 7

10 Dartmouth 6-2-2 459 11

11 Cornell 6-3-2 453 12

12 Union 8-3-2 433 8

13 Quinnipiac 10-3-2 418 16

14 Nebraska-Omaha 9-4-1 411 13

15 Yale 6-2-1 316 15

16 Ferris State 7-4-3 254 17

17 St. Cloud State 8-6-0 224 14

18 Niagara 10-2-3 155 20

19 Colorado College 8-7-1 145 18

20 Harvard 4-3-0 123 19

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 59, Providence 15, Alaska 5, Michigan 3, Minnesota State 2, St. Lawrence 2, Colgate 1, Holy Cross 1, Massachusetts 1.

Clarkson women No. 2

POTSDAM — Clarkson University remains No. 2 in the USCHO.com Div. I poll, but trails Minnesota, the unanimous No. 1 pick, by 40 points.

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USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll

Dec. 03, 2012

Team (Votes) w-l-t Pts Last

1 Minnesota (15) 18-0-0 150 1

2 Clarkson 13-3-0 110 2

3 Cornell 10-3-0 105 3

4 Mercyhurst 14-1-1 97 4

5 Harvard 8-1-0 93 6

6 Boston College 10-3-2 90 5

7 Boston University 11-3-1 76 7

8 North Dakota 11-5-0 47 8

9 Wisconsin 10-6-2 27 10

10 Northeastern 9-5-2 18 9

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 12.