DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time this season in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and the USCHO.com/CSTV Poll that were released Monday afternoon.
    The Wildcats garnered 507 totals points and 31 of 34 first place votes in the USA Today poll, while UNH earned 795 points in the USCHO poll and collected 36 of 40 first-place tallies.
    UNH earned the No. 1 ranking for the first time in the USCHO poll since Oct. 20, 2003 and the last time the team was the top team in the country in both polls was Oct. 28, 2002. The last time the ‘Cats were ranked No. 1 this late in the season was the 2001-2002 season, when they headed into the 2002 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn. as the No. 1 team in the nation. They were the top team in the nation in seven of the final nine weeks of the poll.
    UNH is also ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com Pairwise Rankings, which is used to mimic the NCAA selection process. The ‘Cats have the best winning percentage in college hockey at 81.6% with a 19-4-1 overall record and a 14-2-1 record in Hockey East play. They currently sit atop the Hockey East standings with 29 total points.
    The Wildcats return to action Friday, Feb. 2 against No. 9 ranked Maine. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. is 7 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally by College Sports Television (CSTV).
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