DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, with losses to Harvard University (4-3) and St. Lawrence University (1-0) last weekend, slipped from fifth to No. 7 in both of this week's national polls that were released Tuesday.
Minnesota-Duluth once again retained its perch atop both polls by receiving every first-place vote. In the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll, the Bulldogs are followed by Northeastern, Minnesota, Dartmouth and St. Lawrence. Niagara is just ahead of UNH at No. 6 and the Wildcats are followed by Harvard, Mercyhurst and Brown.
In the USCHO.com poll, Minnesota held its No. 2 ranking. Northeastern, Dartmouth and St. Lawrence fill out the top five and are followed by Niagara. Harvard is tied with New Hampshire for seventh place while Mercyhurst and Brown complete the poll.
New Hampshire (11-5-1) resumes the 2001-02 season Jan. 4 at Quinnipiac University. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 6 vs. Providence College. The game, which will be broadcast by both New Hampshire Public Television and WTSN-AM radio, begins at two o'clock.