DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team advanced to No. 3 in both of this week's national polls. UNH, with back-to-back shutout victories against then-No. 4 Wisconsin last weekend, jumped two spots from fifth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and leaped from seventh to third in the USCHO.com poll.
The Wildcats, who have won eight consecutive games including each of the last five by shutout, are now 8-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League.
Minnesota-Duluth and Dartmouth retained the top two spots in both polls. With the pair of shutout losses to UNH, Wisconsin tumbled to No. 8 in the USA Today/AHM poll and to No. 9 in the USCHO poll.
The University of Minnesota, which will play host to New Hampshire on Nov. 25, is sixth in both polls.
Two other ECAC East teams are ranked in the polls. Northeastern is No. 5 in both polls. Niagara is eighth in the USCHO poll and one spot below that in the USA Today/AHM poll.
The Wildcats return to action Nov. 24 at St. Cloud State University. Game time at the National Hockey Center is 4 p.m. (Eastern). The next UNH home game is Dec. 1 against Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m .