Monday, February 26, 2007

Michigan Tech Ranked 18th in Poll!

From Michigan Tech Athletics:

Huskies Ranked in Top 20 for First Time Since October

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- For the second time this season, the Michigan Tech men's ice hockey team has cracked the top 20 in the poll, released today. The Huskies received 127 points to rank 18th in of the two NCAA Division I college hockey polls. Tech also garnered 14 votes in the "Others Receiving Votes" portion of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The Huskies pushed their home unbeaten streak (6-0-2) to eight games and kept their quest for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association home playoff berth alive with a two-game sweep of defending national champion Wisconsin at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena last Friday (Feb. 23) and Saturday (Feb. 24). Michigan Tech owns a 15-14-5 overall record, and is above .500 for the first time since since Dec. 1, when it held a 6-5-2 mark.

Next on the docket for the Huskies is a twin bill against the first-place Minnesota Golden Gophers at Mariucci Arena this Friday (Mar. 2) and Saturday (Mar. 3). Both games are slated to begin at 8:07 p.m. EST.

The poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 40 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 12 beat writers from across the country. The poll is published weekly by the Associated Press.

The 12th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the American Hockey Coaches
Association and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

Notes: Back on October 30, 2006, the Huskies earned 31 points to hold the 15th spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, while receiving 165 points to rank 18th in the poll … Tech is tied with Minnesota State for sixth in the WCHA standings with 25 points … The Huskies have played two less games than the Mavericks … Michigan Tech could finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in the WCHA standings, depending on the results of its final two regular-season games … The last time the Huskies visited Mariucci Arena on Jan. 21-22, 2005, they left with a two-game sweep (6-3, 3-1) … Both games this weekend will be televised on Fox Sports Net North … Frank Mazzocco will call the play-by-play, with Doug Woog providing color commentary.

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