DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, which defeated Quinnipiac University (8-0) and tied Providence College (2-2) last weekend, slipped one place to No. 8 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week.
Despite a pair of losses to previously unranked Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota-Duluth retained its No. 1 national ranking in both polls. Minnesota moved forward one spot to No. 2 as did St. Lawrence, from fifth to No. 4. Both Northeastern, at No. 3, and Dartmouth, at No. 5, slipped one spot.
Niagara and Mercyhurst, which was ninth in the previous polls, are also ahead of UNH in this week's polls.
New Hampshire, 12-5-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the ECAC East, plays a pair of road games against sixth-ranked Niagara University this weekend, Jan. 11-12. Niagara is tied for first place with Northeastern with 16 points in 10 games. UNH has compiled 15 points in nine games.