Coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of the Black Bears up in Orono, the Eagles hockey team (14-10-1) dropped four spots in both the USCHO.com poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. York's boys are ranked 7th this week in the USCHO.com poll and 8th in USA Today.
The weekend sweep was the first time the Eagles have lost the regular season series to the Black Bears since the 2005-06 season.
Defending National Champ Minnesota-Duluth (17-4-3), fresh off a weekend sweep of Alabama-Huntsville, retains the top spot in both polls, while Boston University climbs to second. The Terriers are coming off a weekend home-and-home sweep of Providence, outscoring PC 14-1 and going a blistering 8-for-15 on the man advantage.
After the Terriers, Merrimack (13-5-5) comes in as the second highest ranked Hockey East team this week, holding the fifth spot in both major polls. UMass-Lowell is up 2-3 spots to no. 11 in both polls, while Maine crashes the USCHO.com Top 20 this week.
The Eagles next face New Hampshire in a home-and-home series on Friday (at Conte) and Saturday (at the Whittemore Center). UNH split a home-and-home series with Merrimack over the weekend. After going 0-6-2 in the Wildcats first eight road games, UNH won back-to-back road games for the first time this season with a 1-0 road win at Providence and a 2-1 win at Merrimack. New Hampshire (9-12-2) has struggled mightily this season. Barring a huge second half run or winning the Hockey East Tournament, the Wildcats' may just see their 10-year NCAA Tournament streak snapped this season.
Friday's home game against UNH is a Gold Out game, where the Eagles will wear their Frozen Fenway alternate sweaters. So show up early wearing your Superfan shirt. IGNITE THE HEIGHTS WITH SPIRIT AND TRUTH!