MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team received 12 of 15 first-place votes and a total of 145 points to climb to No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll that was released Monday.
UNH -- ranked second in the previous two polls -- has a national-best active unbeaten streak of 10 games (10-0-0), a 15-2-0 overall record and is in first place in Hockey East with 14 points (7-1-0 record). The last time the Wildcats were No. 1 in the USCHO poll was Nov. 2, 1998, which was prior to the first week of the 1998-99 season.
UNH is followed in this week's poll by Wisconsin, which was defeated 2-1 by the Wildcats on Nov. 27, with the three remaining first-place votes and 134 points. Former No.-1 St. Lawrence slipped to No. 3 (118 points) while Minnesota-Duluth (113) and Mercyhurst (87) round out the top five.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online and consists of 15 voters, including 12 coaches of Div. I programs and three women's hockey writers.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 at home against seventh-ranked Harvard University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. The 'Cats will play host to fifth-ranked Mercyhurst on Jan. 27 (7 p.m.).