UNH women's hockey split at No. 5, No. 6 in national polls

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, which lost 1-0 in overtime to Princeton University and was a 4-1 victor at Yale University last weekend, remained at No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll but slipped one position to No. 6 in the USCHO.com poll, both of which were released Tuesday.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth once again garnered every first-place vote in both polls to retain its No. 1 ranking.

There was only one change from last week's USA Today/AHM poll, in which Minnesota-Duluth was followed by Dartmouth, Minnesota and Northeastern. St. Lawrence held at No. 6 and was followed by Brown and Niagara. Mercyhurst College, ranked ninth a week ago, leaped ahead of Harvard University into No. 9. The Crimson slipped to 10th.

In the USCHO poll, the top four teams remained the same with Minnesota-Duluth followed by Minnesota, Dartmouth and Northeastern. UNH slipped to sixth behind St. Lawrence. Brown and Niagara follow at seventh and eighth, respectively, and the poll is completed by Mercyhurst and Harvard.

UNH plays host to a pair of nationally-ranked teams this weekend to conclude the 2001 calendar year. The 'Cats battle Harvard in a Dec. 14 game that is broadcast by WTSN-1270 AM and then play St. Lawrence in a Dec. 15 game broadcast by the Wildcat Sports Network. Both games at the Whittemore Center begin at 7 p.m .


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