Gophers Remain No. 1 in National Polls

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After picking up three wins last week including a 4-1 victory over then No. 2/3 Notre Dame, the Minnesota men's hockey program has been tabbed as the top team in the nation for the second week in a row. 

Minnesota, which also earned its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of the year last weekend over Alaska Anchorage, sits atop the USCHO.com poll and the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll with a 16-3-3 overall record and an 8-3-3 mark in WCHA play. 

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Gopher men's hockey remained No. 1 in both polls this week after sweeping Alaska-Anchorage.
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In the midst of a season-long eight-game unbeaten streak, the Gophers earned 47-of-50 first-place votes and 992 total points in this week's USCHO.com poll. Boston College, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Notre Dame round out the top five. 

Likewise, Minnesota earned 31-of-34 first-place votes  and 507 total points in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Boston, New Hampshire, Notre Dame and Quinnipiac finishing second through fifth, respectively. 

Minnesota continues the 2012-13 season this weekend against  No. 6 North Dakota -- marking the Gophers' third and fourth game against a top-ten opponent in the last 20 days. Minnesota is 6-0-1 against nationally ranked teams this season. Friday's series opener is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday's finale -- the final WCHA regular-season meeting between the two fierce rivals -- is scheduled for 5 p.m. as part of Hockey Day Minnesota. Both games will be broadcast live on FOX Sports North with radio broadcasts on 1500 ESPN and Gophersports.com. 


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