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Updated: November 7th, 2011 11:52am
Gophers take over No. 1 spot in USCHO men's hockey poll

Gophers take over No. 1 spot in USCHO men's hockey poll

by Tom Pelissero
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Last weekend's sweep of North Dakota must have resonated nationwide.

The Gophers moved up four spots to No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I men's hockey poll, receiving 32 of 50 first-place votes in the rankings released on Monday morning.

At 9-1-0, the only blemish on the Gophers' record is a 5-4 nonconference loss to Vermont on Oct. 23. Since, the Gophers have swept Alaska-Anchorage and North Dakota by a combined 13-3 to stay perfect (6-0-0) in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

They take over the No. 1 spot previously occupied by Boston College, which lost 4-2 to Massachusetts on Saturday to fall to 8-2-0.

The Gophers visit Wisconsin for a two-game series beginning on Friday night in Madison.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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